Tottenham have had to deal with a slight distraction this week, and they likely will have to continue dealing with it until the end of the season and into next summer.
With Jose Mourinho getting sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday, their manager Mauricio Pochettino’s name was immediately linked with the position.
It is easy to see why, too. Pochettino is an advocate of the principles that Manchester United have lived by for years now; promoting youth, playing attractive football and winning.
His critics will point to his lack of trophies at Spurs, but given the financial gulf between the likes of United and his current side, with failure to sign a single player last summer serving as proof, there is a fair argument that suggests he has already overachieved despite not ending their trophy drought.
Many Spurs fans will be pleased to get back to football this weekend, as they travel to Everton on Sunday. The Toffees are facing their second ‘top six’ side within a week after defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. They will be hoping to improve on their two most recent performances and results at Goodison Park, having drawn with Newcastle and Watford respectively. If they are to avoid defeat against Spurs, they’ll need to improve.
"I have been fortunate enough to spend two or three days at Tottenham's training ground and for me, he just feels like the most ideal candidate."— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 18, 2018
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Pochettino’s men will need to be patient, though, as they were at home to Burnley last weekend. While the result, a 1-0 win courtesy of a late Christian Eriksen strike, may not have appeared convincing, it was another sign of the team’s growth. Last season, for example, they were held to a draw at home by the Clarets. They also have a good record in the blue half of Merseyside, too, with that 3-0 win, which saw Harry Kane score a hat-trick, still fresh in their memories.
Everton will be out to make life a lot harder on Sunday, though, and under Marco Silva, they are in a much better place overall. Richarlison has stolen the headlines for them this season, and rightly so, but Andre Gomes has given them a new dimension in midfield. They’ll be much tougher to contain as a result.
We can’t separate the two sides, in fact, and suggest you use your Betfair Free Bets to back the draw. Also, don’t ignore an in-form Dele Alli getting on the scoresheet anytime at 13/5.
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