The only PL opening fixture which is on level-terms
Jose Mourinho’s stubborn Spurs will host Carlo Ancelotti’s reshaped Everton on the opening weekend of Premier League season.
Premier League 2020/21 campaign will start on Saturday 12 September with a London derby between newly-promoted Fulham and Arsenal. However, the only eye-catching fixture from GW1 is between Spurs and Everton, scheduled on Sunday 13 September at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Carlo Ancelotti’s first season at the Goodison Park didn’t go well with the Toffees finishing 12th behind Southampton, Burnley and Sheffield United. However, with the addition of players like James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucouré, Everton will pose a bigger threat for the top-half teams this season.
On the other hand, Jose Mourinho’s inaugural season at Spurs proved better than his Sunday’s counterpart as the former Chelsea manager qualified for Europa League. The Portuguese also made a few low-cost additions to his squad including Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, Burnley’s Joe Hart, and Wolves’ Matt Doherty.
Everyone is fit and available for North Londoners except midfielder Giovani Lo Celso who is still recovering from a groin injury suffered at the end of last season. Former Real Betis didn’t play a single minute in Spurs’ all four pre-season games and is a major doubt for the Toffees clash.
As far Everton, Carlo Ancelotti is poised to field all three new signings. Center-back Mason Holgate is unavailable for the opening-weekend clash due to toe injury.
However, Everton received a major boost with the return of Yerry Mina and the Colombian is in contention for the selection along with pairing center-back Michael Keane.
Former Manchester and Aston Villa player Fabian Delph, who did not have much impact for the Toffees last season, will be assessed before the match due to lack of game time.
In the last 31 meetings between them, Spurs have won 14 while Everton coming out on top at 6 occasions.
Everton and Spurs are playing in GW1 for the record 11th time, three times more than any other fixture. And the Toffees have a history of red cards in opening day fixtures following a sending off in the last 2 PL seasons.
Spurs predicted XI: Lloris; Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Hojbjerg, Sissoko; Bergwijn, Alli, Son; Kane.
Everton predicted XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gomes, Allan, Doucoure; Rodriguez; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Prediction: Spurs have better MD1 record as compared to Everton, winning the opening fixture in last 3 season. However, this revived Everton will be hard to beat this time and we are expecting a 2-2 draw on Sunday.
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