Spurs welcome Everton to White Hart Lane in Saturday's evening kickoff and both teams head into this game with the spectre of the transfer window looming over them. Everton are dealing with John Stone's transfer request and Chelsea's interest in him while Spurs are chasing after West Brom striker Saido Berahino. What effect this will have on the game however, is far from clear.
Outside of the transfer rumours Spurs head into this game needing a win to kick-start their season. Defeat at Manchester United may have been expected but throwing away a two goal lead at home to Stoke in the last 15 minutes as well as drawing at Leicester will not have been part of Tottenham's plan. Failure to win in this game and the pressure will start to build on the London club if they have real ambitions of challenging for the top four then they need to start picking up three points.
On the pitch for Everton things have been going better than their opponents with one win, one draw and a defeat in the league along with a midweek 5-3 win over Barnsley. More promising than the results however, must be the performance of the Toffees key attacking duo Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku who are linking up together beautifully. Such is the quality of the pair's movement that Everton have barely missed the width and crossing of attacking full back Baines.
At evens or less Spurs are far too highly rated and at 3/1 the odds on Everton are far too big. As a punter you've got to take on the bookies here and back the away side.
One thing I don't see happening here is a cleansheet. Neither side look great at the back and Everton are definitely without Baines and possibly without John Stones. As I said though Everton are impossible to ignore at the prices that are being put up by the bookies.
As a final thought I'm looking at Lukaku to score anytime. The big Belgian is in great form at the moment he grabbed two against Barnsley in midweek to go with the two he netted against Southampton. He did fail to score against Man City but that was only thanks to dubious offside call. Lukaku looks like a great bet to score again here and he is priced up far more enticingly than his opposite number Harry Kane.
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