Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku was Everton’s top scorer last season with 25 goals in all competitions


Everton signing Ashley Williams won’t feature after starting pre-season late.

Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku are doubts with respective ankle and heel injuries, but Phil Jagielka is fit after overcoming a hamstring problem.

Victor Wanyama could make his Tottenham debut in place of fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele, who serves the third game of a six-match ban.

Defender Jan Vertonghen is in contention after recovering from an ankle injury suffered at Euro 2016.


Alistair Mann: “Everton’s miserable home form last season was arguably the most alarming aspect of their hugely disappointing campaign.

“Goodison Park was immersed in bewilderment and no little angst from loyal supporters, who were forced to witness eight visiting sides leaving victorious.

“By contrast, only Leicester bettered Spurs’ achievements on their travels and, but for an inexplicable capitulation on the final day at Newcastle, no side would have matched their imperious defensive record on the road.

“It all points to a tricky opening duel for the hosts – one from which new boss Ronald Koeman will be delighted to emerge unscathed, having admitted that his squad rebuilding remains far from complete, and that those he can deploy are still lacking full match fitness.”

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman: “We are, in terms of physical state, 70% of what we need to be. We are working hard and we will improve.

“I doubt that means we will start to play at 70%. But if I compare the numbers of the physical states of the players, it is 70% and at Southampton [Koeman’s former club] it was 100%.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on his side’s frustrating end to last season: “I just told them [his players], ‘If I have the opportunity to kill you then I kill everyone’. I wanted to kill all of them.

“What did they do wrong? A lot of things. Football is tactical, physical, technical, but it is also mental. More mental than many years ago.

“We need to know how to improve our mental state. I think this was key in the last few games in last season.

“To move on the team, to achieve another level, it is here that we need to improve.”


Tottenham will be looking to kick on from last season but they started quite slowly last year and did not get a win until their fifth league game – I don’t think they will start with a win this time either.

Prediction: 1-1

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  • The last four games between the sides have produced a total of six goals – all scored in the first half.
  • Everton are winless in their last seven Premier League meetings with Tottenham Hotspur (D4, L3).


  • The Toffees claimed just 23 points at home last season – their lowest ever total in a Premier League season.
  • Everton’s last three opening games have all ended in 2-2 draws.
  • New signing Idrissa Gueye made 144 tackles and 141 interceptions in the Premier League last season – only N’Golo Kante made more.
  • If fit, Romelu Lukaku could make his 150th Premier League appearance.


  • This is the sixth consecutive season in which Spurs have started their Premier League campaign away from home (W2, L3).
  • They have lost nine times on the opening weekend of a Premier League season – a total matched only by West Ham.
  • Tottenham lost just six league games last season – fewer than in any previous top-flight campaign.
  • However, they ended the season with two successive losses – they’ve not lost three Premier League games in a row since November 2012.
  • Harry Kane is one short of 50 Premier League goals.
  • Summer signing Vincent Janssen was the top scorer in the Dutch top flight last season with 27 goals.

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