Everton – Tottenham Hotspur: Both Sides Fail To Break Out Of Their Slumps (1-1)
In a game between two of the most struggling Premier League sides, it was perhaps unsurprising that neither team was particularly impressive in any aspect of the game. Spurs’ possession structure was able to disrupt Everton’s defensive organisation somewhat in the first half, albeit without being clinical in the final third. Eventually Dele Alli was able to put Spurs 1-0 up with a goal on the counterattack. Cenk Tosun headed in the Everton equalizer in added time, by which point the game had already been largely overshadowed by a serious injury to André Gomes.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
This game saw a meeting between two teams performing below expectations so far this season. Everton came into the match barely above the relegation zone, with five defeats in their previous six league games. Pressure is on Marco Silva to start producing results, especially given the players Everton have added to the squad over the last few transfer windows.
Spurs extended their winless run in the league to three games with last week’s defeat away at Liverpool. Only three wins so far in the season left Mauricio Pochettino’s side in mid-table with nearly a third of the season gone.
For this game, Pochettino reverted to a 4-2-3-1 system with Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele as the central midfield partnership. In front of them, Son Heung-min . . .