Spurs haven’t really been tipped to win the title this season. This is pretty surprising given that their first eleven probably has the best chemistry in the top flight. Watching them tear Inter Milan apart in the recent warm-up match that preceded the sacking of Roberto Mancini reminded fans of how irresistible they can be on their day. Unfortunately for Mauricio Pochettino, they struggled to find any such rhythm when the final song played last season, the dreaded slow dance.
Travelling to Goodison Park without a win in their last four Premier League games, one wonders how heavily that finish weighs on the mind of players like Dele Alli and Harry Kane. They appear to have shrugged off their England funk, at least. Now they face an Everton side that they failed to defeat last season. Ronald Koeman took over after Roberto Martinez was sacked.
The Dutchman is expected to help Everton reach their potential. To not finish in the top ten with that much talent is not on. John Stones has left but, in Ashley Williams, Koeman has a replacement who’s probably better at defending. Romelu Lukaku could miss this game after picking up a knock in training with question marks hanging over his future. Spurs could edge this.