COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Saturday 9th September 2017
VENUE Goodison Park
Everton  SQUAD 1.  Jordan PICKFORD
3.  Leighton BAINES
4.  Michael KEANE
5.  Ashley WILLIAMS
7.  Yannick BOLASIE
8.  Ross BARKLEY
9.  Sandro RAMIREZ
10.  Wayne ROONEY
11.  Kevin MIRALLIS
12.  Aaron LENNON
15.  Cuco MARTINA
16.  James McCARTHY
17.  Idrissa GUEYE
20.  Davy KLAASSEN
21.  Muhamed BESIC
23.  Seamus COLEMAN
25.  Ramiro FUNES MORI
26.  Tom DAVIES
27.  Nikola VLASIC
28.  Kieran McDOWELL
29.  Dominic CALVERT-LEWIN
30.  Mason HOLGATE
31.  Ademola LOOKMAN
32.  Brendan GALLOWAY
33.  Joel ROBLES
34.  Oumar NIASSE
38.  Matthew PENNINGTON
39.  Conor GRANT
41.  Mateusz HEWELT
43.  Jonjoe KENNY
-.  Luke GARBUTT
PREVIEW Everton have recruited well and in numbers over the summer, bringing in a large influx of players, so it will be interesting to see how they all fit in.

Perhaps the most well known is Wayne Rooney, who has already had an impact on the side, but has showed that he has his troubles off the field now that he has retired from England international duty.  Not an out and out forward any longer, he plays slightly deeper, behind a more traditional front man.  With young talent in the squad in the shape of forwards Ademola Lookman (brought in from Charlton Athletic) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, they have legs and look to be working on the Spurs model, as midfielder Tom Davies and Michael Keane (ex-Burnley) have also been brought into the first team with more established members of the squad now being just that.  Jagielka, Mirallis, Lennon and McCarthy are now bit part players behind the likes of Sandro Ramirez as the lead forward, Gylfi Sigurdsson, who provides the chances and Davy Klaassen.  There are a number of hard worker sin midfield, so expect a pressing game like Koeman employed at Southampton, with Gueye, Davies and Mason Holgate not giving time on the ball to our midfielders. 

Wanyama will be a big miss and we need Mousa to be immense and get further up the pitch to cause Everton problems around their area.  Eriksen was on great form for Denmark in international week and Harry Kane got back amongst the goals, so players are returning confident, which is how you could describe new signing Serge Aurier, who may have to wait for his first start, with Trippier returning to fitness.  The use of Fernando Llorente will be of interest, as he will normally be the one brought off the bench, but he could form a striking partnership with Kane.

The loss of Lukaku has left Everton a little light on goals, with Rooney scoring both their goals in the Premier League so far, but they do have goals from other parts of the team, but it will be down to Spurs to shut down space and not let them get into the game.  Last season, we got a draw as we let them get ahead with a weakly defended free-kick that went straight in and then had Lamela's header to thank for the point.  I can see that happening again today, with the game being shut down to a standstill.  We will need the brilliance of Christian Eriksen to open it up and while Everton have the confusing deadline day non-transfer of Ross Barkley leaving them a man light in midfield, they will be gee'd up for this match, with Koeman having something to prove to those who have questioned their transfer policy.

PREDICTION Everton    1        Tottenham Hotspur    1
LAST SEASON'S MEETING For a look back at the match report, click here.
RESULTS HISTORY Click here for results, match reports and facts on meetings with Everton
Wayne Rooney will play despite being charged with drink-driving this week, while Ronald Koeman has a full squad to pick from. 
Spurs will be missing Danny Rose (knee), Erik Lamela (hips), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (foot) and Victor Wanyama (knee) for the trip to Merseyside.

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Everton  0 (0)  

Premier League
Saturday 9th September 2017
Goodison Park
Tottenham Hotspur  3 (2)

Kick off 15:00
None Kane  27m 45s
Eriksen  41m 15s
Kane  45m 49s
Williams (foul on Kane)  5 
Gueye  (pulling Eriksen back)  57
Rooney  (persistent fouling)  87


Alderweireld  (foul on Ramirez)  13



Crowd :   38,835 Weather :  Sunny, warm
Referee :   Graham Scott (Oxfordshire) Assistant Referees :  Mr. R. West; Mr. S. Long
Fourth Official :  Kevin Friend  
Spurs kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 6 minutes.
Everton : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Jordan PICKFORD

  3  Leighton BAINES
  4  Michael KEANE
  Ashley WILLIAMS     
15  Cuco MARTINA

17  Idrissa GUEYE       (27  Nikola VLASIC  80)

20  Davy KLAASSEN  (26  Tom DAVIES  46)
10  Wayne ROONEY

  9  Sandro RAMIREZ  (29  Dominic CALVERT-LEWIN  46)

Unused subs: 
30  Mason HOLGATE
11  Kevin MIRALLIS

    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

  4  Toby ALDERWEIRELD     
  6  Davinson SANCHEZ

33  Ben DAVIES
15  Eric DIER
17  Moussa SISSOKO  (29  Harry WINKS  77)
16  Kieran TRIPPIER

20  DELE Alli
Christian ERIKSEN    (19  Mousa DEMBELE  71)

10  Harry KANE      (  7  Heung-Min SON  85)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

25  Serge AURIER
18  Fernando LLORENTE

Manager :  Ronald Koeman Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
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Match report

What looked on paper like a tough task, just showed that the game isn't played on paper, with Spurs easing to a comfortable three points with this 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.  Ronald Koeman's side have been talked up as title challengers, but on this evidence, their lack of cohesiveness and fight might leave them struggling for a top half finish.

Pochettino included Davinson Sanchez for the first start of his Spurs career and Kieran Trippier was fit enough to take his place at right back, while the inclusion of Moussa Sissoko in midfield raised a few eyebrows.  Other than that, it was as expected in team selection ,with new signings Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente on the bench.  The Everton side included former Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson and four players Spurs were reported to have been chasing this summer in Sandro Ramirez, Cuco Martina, Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane.   AT the end of the day, Daniel Levy must have been happy with his business conducted in the transfer window.

Everton had the opening chance of the match when Martina out-stripped Davies to put the ball across and Ramirez could only squirm the ball wide.  It prompted Tottenham to go up the other end of the field and Davies turned provider, with Eriksen getting a shot away, but it was blocked.  There were a couple of tasty tackles from Vertonghen and Dier, with Williams upset at getting booked for a pull back on Kane, arguing it was tame in comparison to other challenges.   Dele Alli set up Eriksen fro Davies' cross, but the Dane slipped his shot wide when he should have tested the keeper at the very least, with a foul by Alderweireld immediately after giving Sigurdsson a chance to have a go at a free-kick.  He didn't go for goal, but instead crossed to the far post, but the ball cleared everyone to sail off for a goal-kick.  

It was end to end stuff, with Ben putting in a great cross from the left, which picked out Moussa Sissoko, whose left foot shot was blocked and then Kane seized on the loose ball, striking a left footed half-volley off target.  It was a good move, with Spurs moving the ball from right to left, but they need to put these opportunities away to make sure they don't falter should the opposition come back into the match.  Rooney tried to make Spurs pay when he volleyed a poor clearance back at goal, but it was way too high.  Eric Dier showed his passing ability when he picked out a great ball to Eriksen, but his slight mis-control allowed Martina to dispossess him.  Davies was finding lots of space down his flank, allowing him to put a series of crosses in which Everton had to defend in the air.  When Eriksen's corner was cleared it only found Kane, the England striker put in a cross from the left, which dipped and swerved past Jordan Pickford to find the top corner and give Spurs a lead that certainly surprised the keeper, as much as it did the home fans.  It was the 100th goal of Harry Kane's Spurs career and set Tottenham on their way, but thee was a long way to go.

The goal seemed to give Tottenham impetus and Harry Kane's run down the right saw him shrug off Williams with ease, before putting in a cross for Moussa Sissoko, whose shot was saved, but the flag was up for offside after he had run 50 yards to get on the end of the move.  Rooney was involved with a chance for Ramirez, who fired a shot that Toby blocked with the side of his face, before the ball was cleared away.  Five minutes later, Dele Alli hassled Schneiderlin into turning over possession and Spurs broke with Sissoko on the right, but the linesman flagged for offside, when it didn't seem like there was any white shirt who was "active" when the break was on.  When Spurs broke, they looked dangerous.  Alli did well to hold the ball up in the area, feeding Davies, who put the ball back into the mixer and Pickford could only palm the ball out, which  allowed Christian Eriksen to carry on his good work of international week by netting to make it 2-0.  Slotting it past the keeper and Keane on the line, Christian was only on the edge of the six yard box centrally placed and Spurs were making the most of what was coming their way.

Suddenly, Spurs were all over Everton, with our players swarming all over the blue shirts, providing Alderweireld with a shooting opportunity, which he cut across and it flew over the top.  When Harry Kane put an inviting ball into the area on the volley, Dele Alli looked odds on to score from the edge of the six yard box, right in front of goal, but his volley missed the ball completely when he should have scored.  Right on the half-time whistle, Harry Kane should have done better than shoot wide from the edge of the penalty box.  A goal then could have finished Everton off, so we had to hope that there was no home revival in the second half.

At the start of the second half, Pickford was put under immediate pressure by Calvert-Lewin, but straight after, Harry Kane got the ball 25 yards out.  He thought about a shot, but chose to put the ball out to the left for Davies to curl in a cross that Kane finished off first time so confidently that it had 3-0 written all over it before he made contact.  Everton's half-time substitutions were rendered pointless, as Spurs extended their lead within a minute of the restart, with Alli almost adding another straight away.  Dele should have provided Sissoko with an easy chance as he broke down the right and the Frenchman ran from deep into the last third, but the ball was intercepted.  Pickford had to be sharp to keep out Christian Eriksen, as the ball was worked through the midfield and Kane lifted the ball up for a volleyed chance that was well turned over by the keeper.  Pickford denied Kane from the corner, when Dele pulled a low ball back from the right.  It could have been a cricket score.

The thin blue line was almost imperceptible as Spurs eased through into the last third with almost every attack.  Gueye tried to make his presence felt when Eriksen took the ball down as it came over his shoulder and the Everton midfielder had to resort to pulling his opposite number back before he moved into the area.  The free-kick didn't come to anything, but the next move saw Kane spread the ball wide right to Trippier and his cross was nodded wide by Sissoko, who looked destined not to score this afternoon.  Everton were shamed and were resorting to rough-house tactics, with Rooney going through Dier, Williams turning Dele over in the Everton box and they were even moaning between themselves as they looked all at sea.

Surprisingly, the home side had an effort on goal, with Gueye driving a shot from outside the box wide of the goal when Lloris played a loose ball, but Sissoko almost found Dele with a cross, but it was a little too high to get a touch on.  It annoyed Dele, who tried a 25 yard shot that went well wide.  It left Pochettino the luxury of resting Eriksen and it brought Dembele into the fray.  Ironic cheers came when Calvert-Lewin ran at Tottenham and won a corner, which Williams won in the air, but he was offside anyway.  Sissoko picked up an injury as he ran onto a ball into the box and had to leave the field, just as some Toffees fans headed off for the buses and cars that would transport them to a place more comfortable than Goodison Park when 3-0 down.  For Moussa, he couldn't get his first goal in a white shirt, but had a very god game and troubled Everton with his strong runs all afternoon.

Tottenham were on the attack when Rooney ran straight into Davinson, but Sigurdsson had a shot blocked and then Rooney drove wide.  From a corner, Gylfi shot that was deflected for another corner and after that was taken Baines put in a good cross for Rooney, but he couldn't control himself and headed over the bar.  He also failed to control himself when he drunkenly ploughed into Dele and picked up a yellow card, so at least he didn't finish the game empty handed.  The stadium was half-empty by then and for all the hype about Everton doing a Spurs, they are still at an early stage of their development and need to bed in their new players.  Spurs picked them off at will and should have won by a much bigger margin.  Sigurdsson had a shot deflected for another corner and from it, it was cleared and Baines hauled a really high ball into the air, which at least gave Hugo something to do, which he did quite well, catching it easily.

Martina cut a ball back to Sigurdsson in injury time and Winks twice got blocks in to prevent the ball getting past him, which resulted in Dele running forty yards upfield to take the ball at the end that they wanted the ball.  Son looked like he might add to the total, but he was whistled offside and that was about the last thing that happened in the match.

So, on the road, Spurs look good, with hopes that this victory will spark a home win to blow away the Wembley factor.  Playing like this, it is likely to happen sooner rather than later, with Dortmund, Swansea City and Derby or Barnsley in the next three games at home.  The ease of today's win allowed players to be rested by coming off early, but the nature of the way the played the match showed that they are getting into their stride.  Kane's September strikes and some good all round play from every player demonstrated that the team could well be up there come the end of the season.  There is a long way to go, but this sends a message to the other sides who believe that a win, a loss and a draw would mean a struggle for Tottenham.

Pete Stachio




Everton haven't always been known as "The School of Science".  They were once known as "The Corrective School of L4".  That was until one of the inmates students realised that L4 was the chemical symbol for Evertonium and thus the club were re-named to reflect this astounding discovery.


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Other scores during this week :
Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0 Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion 3 West Bromwich Albion 1 Saturday
Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2 Saturday
Manchester City 5 Liverpool 0 Saturday
Southampton 1 Watford 2 Saturday
Stoke City 2 Manchester United 2 Saturday
Swansea City 0 Newcastle United 1 Sunday
Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0 Sunday
West Ham United London 2 Huddersfield Town 0 Monday



League Table  2017-18
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 4 3 1 0 12 2 10 +10
2 Manchester City 4 3 1 0 10 2 10 +8
3 Chelsea 4 3 0 1 8 5 9 +3
4 Watford 4 2 2 0 7 4 8 +3
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 4 2 1 1 7 3 7 +4
6 Huddersfield Town 4 2 1 1 4 2 7 +2
7 Burnley 4 2 1 1 5 4 7 +1
8 Liverpool 4 2 1 1 8 8 7 0
9 West Bromwich Albion 4 2 1 1 4 4 7 0
10 Newcastle United 4 2 0 2 4 3 6 +1
11 Arsenal 4 2 0 2 7 8 6 -1
12 Southampton 4 1 2 1 4 4 5 0
13 Stoke City 4 1 2 1 4 4 5 0
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 1 1 2 3 5 4 -2
15 Everton 4 1 1 2 2 6 4 -4
16 Leicester City 4 1 0 3 6 8 3 -2
17 Swansea City 4 1 1 2 2 5 3 -3
18 West Ham United London 4 1 0 3 4 10 3 -6
19 Bournemouth 4 0 0 4 1 8 0 -7
20 Crystal Palace 4 0 0 4 0 7 0 -7


Position before match :  9th
Position after match :  5th
Position after the weekend :  5th


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.


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