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Tottenham v Everton: Goals forecast for Monday Night Football

Tottenham v Everton: Goals forecast for Monday Night Football

Tottenham take on Everton in Monday Night Football. Mark O'Haire is on-hand to set the scene...

Tottenham v Everton
Monday July 6, 20:00
Sky Sports

Tottenham angered by VAR

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was understandably irked after Spurs were denied an equaliser by VAR in Thursday night's 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United. After falling behind on the half-hour mark, Harry Kane thought he had levelled moments later only for his strike to be controversially ruled out by VAR because of a handball by Lucas Moura in the build-up.
Spurs struggled to find their rhythm after that decision as the Blades eased to victory thanks to two second-half goals, before Kane grabbed a late consolation. Post-match Mourinho, whose side are now nine points off fourth place and seven off sixth, said going forward his players need to be stronger mentally to deal with decisions that are difficult to take.
Tottenham, who have not finished outside the top-six since 2009, were evidently second-best following the controversial call. Mourinho's men were lethargic and struggled to find their rhythm, while in the second half they were simply outworked by their determined opponents. The capital club have won just one of their last six Premier League games.

Everton eye Europe

Everton kept up their post-restart push for a place in Europe with an impressive victory over Leicester at Goodison Park on Wednesday night. The Toffees are unbeaten since the Premier League resumed, with a second successive win coming courtesy of two goals in quick succession in the game's first quarter from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty.
The Blues came under second-half pressure and conceded an unfortunate consolation, as well as almost gifting an equaliser following a mix-up between Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford. However, Carlo Ancelotti's charges resisted the onslaught to move to within two points of eighth - a position that could be good enough to secure Europa League qualification.
Richarlison limped off in the second -half but Ancelotti eased fears after the game by stating the Brazilian should be fit for Monday's match. The Italian added, "The team are showing a good spirit and motivation. The dream of the Europa League is very important for us and for this reason we are going to fight." Djibril Sidibe and Theo Walcott could return for Everton.

Spurs suffer against the league's elite

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League fixtures against Everton (W7-D8-L0) since a 2012 reverse at Goodison Park. Spurs haven't actually been beaten at home by the Toffees in any competition since 2008, an 11-game sequence (W8-D3-L0).
Tottenham 2.20 rank sixth in the Premier League for results since Jose Mourinho was appointed in mid-November (W9-D4-L7). Spurs have tabled a more positive W6-D1-L3 in their home outings under the Portuguese boss, although the hosts have toiled against top-half opposition this term, pocketing just W3-D5-L8 when taking on the league's elite.
Only Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd have earned more Premier League points than Everton 3.60 since Marco Silva's departure (W8-D6-L3) and it's a similar tale of success when viewing the Toffees return after Carlo Ancelotti took over first-team duties (W7-D4-L3). The visitors also boast the fifth-best Expected Goals (xG) process under the Italian.

Goals forecast for MNF

Tottenham have kept a paltry five Premier League clean sheets in 2019/20, as well as four shutouts in 29 outings across all competitions under Jose Mourinho. Nevertheless, Spurs should offer an attacking threat with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min available. The hosts have notched in 13 successive domestic matches, including eight on home soil.
Everton have silenced three of their past 14 opponents but head to the capital having accrued only two clean sheets on their Premier League travels this term. However, the Toffees have made their mark in 17 of their past 19 league fixtures, and scored in all bar one of eight away days under Ancelotti, including trips to Man City, Man Utd and Arsenal.
Six of those aforementioned eight games as guests since Ancelotti was appointed paid out for Both Teams To Score backers, as have 11 of the Merseysiders 16 road trips this season. Considering Spurs' lack of solidity defensively, I expect Everton to get on the scoresheet and therefore Both Teams To Score 1.75 has to be considered at a nice price on Monday night.