Everton welcomes the esteemed duo Karen Hills and Juan Amoros to the Haig Avenue this Sunday after featuring in a blockbuster of a Women’s Super League weekend themselves alongside the Lillywhites last weekend.
And it was a weekend that featured both teams in the North London and Merseyside derby, with Anfield and Tottenham Hotspur’s brand new stadium playing host.
The latter saw a record crowd of 38,000 people make the trip to East London to watch the reigning WSL champions trump their rivals by two goals to nil and claim North London as their own – a tragedy in itself given how well Spurs performed prior to conceding in the late stages of the game.
Unfortunately, things don’t get much better this week for Spurs as they face an in-form Toffees side currently breathing down the Gunners’ necks in the league standings.
Which is why our Everton vs Tottenham predictions are forecasting another tough game for the visitors, one where a point on the road might not be a bad result…
Everton vs Tottenham Predictions
The Women’s Super League crowd record was smashed for the second time this season as 38,262 fans made the trek to Tottenham Stadium last Sunday. And yet the visitors were the ones who claimed the bragging rights, painting North London red.
It wasn’t all that way – indeed, for large swathes of the game, Spurs even dominated with plenty of chances to score the opener.
Both Kit Graham who was one-on-one with Manuela Zinsberg but missed the target and Rachel Furness had chances to ensure that Spurs took the lead.
Yet, for all of the hosts attacking prowess and discipline, they were unable to turn those chances into goals.
Joe Montemurro’s team then emerged as the stronger team on the other side of the half-time break.
Slowly the Lillywhite’s resolve began to crumble and Arsenal were creeping into their opponents defensive third with more confidence and frequency.
More so until captain Kim Little broke the deadlock with a trademark ‘Kimmy shimmy’ move into the edge of the box, rifling a shot past Rebecca Spencer, sending the away fans into a frenzy.
By that point, Spurs had descended even further into last-ditch defending, and as such a second goal from – who else? – Vivianne Miedema wasn’t surprising at all.
Such was the potency of the Gunners attack that Tottenham had no choice but to give in to their goalscoring habits, however stringent their defence had been in the opening half.
Sure, this weekend’s opponents may not boast such a dominant offensive lineup, but they possess assets of their own, hence our Everton vs Tottenham predictions forecasting a scrappy, closely-matched contest.
And it follows a theme of an encouraging start to the WSL season for the Toffees, including the performance they displayed in this year’s inaugural Women’s Football Weekend against Liverpool at Anfield which ended in a comfortable win for the visitors – something their male counterparts are yet to achieve this millennium.
A single goal at the end of the first half from captain Lucy Graham was all it took to condemn the Reds to their fate as the WSL basement team; a predicament which seemed harsh given that Vicky Jepson’s side produced arguably the biggest chances of the game.
From Kirsty Linnett’s early chance to net via noggin to Niamh Charles productivity down the flanks, although Gabby George and Kika van Es remained steadfast at the heart of the Evertonian defence, they were being bombarded with relentless Liverpool charges.
Unfortunately, Liverpool’s inability to convert those chances into goals cost them another three points.
Considering that Spurs showcased a similar tendency of poor conversion, holding the hosts to a draw, given their prolific attack and sturdy defence, may be worth Spurs’ time and energy.
Everton vs Tottenham Head To Head
Considering that this is the first professional WSL game between the two teams, there’s even more precedence about our Everton vs Tottenham predictions.
Form, therefore, plays a big role in the projections. Yes, Spurs have been in form claiming three wins in five, sitting well within the top-of-the-table proceedings.
And yet, while they remain defensively sound, there is still a sense of inconsistency and doubt about their attack.
The hosts, on the other hand, are performing well in both departments. Hence the reasoning that implies a point would do the Lillywhites well against tough opponents.
Everton Team News
For the Toffees, Chloe Kelly is the big name in and amongst the squad, given how long she has been sidelined for this past year in the aftermath of her ankle surgery.
The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season rehabilitating from a knock to the ankle – a major blow for Willie Kirk given how instrumental Kelly was for the Toffee in the earlier stages of the 2018/19 campaign.
Now, not only is she back but back with a bang. Indeed, the England international clinched the first Barclays player of the month award in September and was shortlisted again in October.
Kelly’s improvement on the field has been so fruitful that she’s even gone one ahead of Danielle Van de Donk in the goalscoring charts as the league’s top scorer (5).
And with her in the side, our Everton vs Tottenham predictions are tipping the visitors to have tough defensive goings.
Tottenham Team News
The positive news coming out of the Spurs camp surrounds the fitness of the ever-important Gemma Davison.
Indeed, the 32-year-old playmaker sustained an ankle ligament injury in training two weeks ago and wasn’t fit enough to start from the getgo against the Gunners last Sunday.
Her involvement in the game from the bench had an instant impact and will be just as crucial this week against the Toffees, should Hills and Amaro deem her fit enough to make it into the starting XI.
Aside from Davison, expect the likes of Furness, Hannah Godfrey, Josie Green and Ashleigh Neville all to feature in the team.
Everton vs Tottenham Betting Tips
Sure, the sports betting tips might not be available ahead of this weekend’s game at the Haig Avenue, but it’s clear that another goal-fest, with names from both sides on the sheet, could unfold.
We’re seeing two attacking teams grace the field this Sunday, with both Hills’ and Kirk’s team full of players capable enough to find the back of the net.
And with such a scenario in play, the spoils of war being shared will be an accurate reflection of both the markets and our Everton vs Tottenham predictions.