Well, we’ve all had a lovely week. We’ve watched Harry Kane score a brace and Dele Alli give Kyle Walker the finger. Shame it was all in England shirts.
Getting back to Premier League football hasn’t exactly put a smile on my face. We need to find some form from somewhere, and that somewhere is very rarely Goodison Park. Our last 10 league trips to the famous ground has produced just 1 win, that coming at the very end of Harry Kane’s breakthrough 2014-15 season.
There’s just something about that stadium that saps me of my confidence. Its the same with Liverpool. We don’t do well in Mersey-side. Not to mention our form of late. Our opening 3 games have been very underwhelming. We got lucky at St James’ Park, that game was plummeting towards a 0-0 until JonJo Shelvey stepped-in by stepping on Dele Alli.
And don’t get me started on those Wembley games. 2 late heart-breaks, 2 wasteful performances and 2 more miserable results to add to the ever-growing list of Tottenham turmoils at Wembley. I’m really beginning to resent that stadium, and so are the players. Did anyone notice how flat all the Spurs players were for England when we played Slovakia at that God-forsaken place? Dier may have scored, but if we’re honest, he was poor almost all game.
Anyway, enough about Wembley. That has nothing to do with tomorrow’s match. I’ve heard a lot of people claiming that they’re actually more confident away from home these days, which makes sense, even if we are only 3 games into the season. I haven’t felt more comfortable playing away rather than at home since the AVB days, and that’s a dangerous thing to start doing; comparing back.
Like I mentioned earlier, we’ve only played 1 away game so far, the victory at Newcastle, which was quite fortunate. Of course, I’d take a lucky win tomorrow absolutely. If we get a result over there, then all of a sudden, there’s reason to be confident again. Taking 6 points away from 2 tough away games is the perfect remedy to a crippled home form.
Everton on the other hand will be feeling full of confidence. Sure, they didn’t get the result they wanted at Chelsea, but who does asides from Burnley? Everton put in a good shift away to City the week before and deserved their point. We’re both sitting on 4 points, but Everton have had a much tougher start than us.
However, that said, they’re not exactly full of goals. 1 goal against Stoke, 1 against 10-man City, none against Chelsea. Even in Europa League qualifying, they weren’t tearing teams apart like they should have been. They’ve brought in a lot of new faces over the Summer and that team needs time to gel. Am I worried about Rooney, yes. Am I worried about Gylfi, yes. But can we keep them quiet, I reckon so.
See, I mentioned that Everton are full of confidence, but there might just be a hint of naivety in there. A time may come this season where the goals dry up and all the money spent on reinforcements starts looking like its been flushed down the toilet, and all the fans start crying out for Lukaku to come back, ‘what a mistake it was to let him go’ they’ll say. Squad re-hauls never work in 1 season, it needs time.
In regards to team news Everton have a fully fit squad with Davy Klaasen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nikola Vlasic and Jordan Pickford all recovering from knocks just in time for the weekend, whereas Spurs are without the usual candidates Lamela and Rose, while Victor Wanyama sits out with a knee injury. Wanyama could be a big loss, but he hadn’t started this season well anyway.
There is a part of me saying we can knick this. Just 1 goal, that’s all it would take. Just 1 way in through the back, just 1 chance for Kane at goal. He needs to start scoring, its not August anymore and we need to start winning matches. If we are truly title challengers, we need to travel to places like Goodison Park, put in a good shift and then come home with the 3 points. Sadly, I just don’t quite see it happening tomorrow.
Let’s be honest, this has bore-draw written all over it. Remember that stat I used earlier about us having only won once in our last 10 league visits to Goodison Park? Well Everton haven’t beaten us in their previous 9 attempts. That just tells you how often we like to draw with each other.
I’m going with a 0-0 draw, but if Everton take the lead at any point in the game I’ll start getting very concerned. However, I could be judging it all wrong. If you disagree, or even agree, leave your thoughts below. I’d love to hear your predictions too.
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