Everton (+284) vs. Tottenham (+125), Draw (+260)
Everton (1-1-1, 4 points) and Tottenham (1-1-1, 4 points) have started the season in similar fashion. Both have one win, one draw, and one loss apiece, with their sole defeat against reigning champs Chelsea. The two clubs meet at Goodison Park on Saturday, September 9th.
Everton seems to be doing alright without last season’s stand out star, Romelu Lukaku. The Blues have put their newly found €84.7 million to good use, snapping up Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson (€49.4 million) and bringing Wayne Rooney home to finish his career at his childhood club.
The signings have paid off for them; Rooney scored both of Everton’s Premier League goals, while Sigurdsson netted the two Europa League qualifier goals. The combination of Rooney and Sigurdsson plus Ajax’s attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen (€27 million), may end up being more valuable than Lukaku alone.
Everton were unlucky not to take three points from Manchester City in their second fixture, leading 1-0 at halftime with Man City down to 10 men. But the renewed Man City squad managed to equalize late in the second half and salvaged a point.
Tottenham were remarkably quiet over the transfer window, and for a while it seemed like they weren’t going to make a single signing over the summer. But in the end they were able to strike up some deals. After losing their star defender, Kyle Walker (€51 million), to Man City and center-back Kevin Wimmer (€19.4 million) to Stoke, Spurs signed defenders Davinson Sánchez (€40 million) and Juan Foyth (€9 million) to repair their backline.
In a strange twist of fate, a young academy kid by the name of Kyle Walker-Peters now plays the right-back position vacated by Kyle Walker. And from what we’ve seen so far, he’s doing a pretty good job.
At +284, Everton is the heavy underdog. Tottenham have broken through to the top four in recent seasons while Everton remains on the cusp of breaking through. But with Rooney back on the team and in great form, the Blues are in high spirits.
Pick: Everton (+284)
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