Tottenham had an excellent chance last season to win the Premier League, after Manchester United and Chelsea missed the start. They were expecting tough opposition from Arsenal but in the end it was Leicester that ran away with the trophy. In 2016, it will be much more difficult for the Londoners, as the main favorites have brought in great managers and reinforced their starting formations. The first challenge consists in defeating Everton on the road in the opening round of the English championship.
Mixed Results for Tottenham
After losing back-to-back games in the final two rounds of the Premier League, Tottenham sank into near irrelevance. They were unable to claim a single point at the International Champions Cup where they lost to Juventus and Atletico Madrid. The victory over Inter Milan was uplifting, as they managed to score 6 goals but the Italians used mostly reserves.
The visitors will be in for a serious challenge in Liverpool, where Everton has an impressive track record. The last two games between these two teams ended undecided and overall the hosts have a better head to head record. They invested heavily in players and also got a boost from signing an agreement with William Hill, who will be their European betting partner.
Lukaku and Mirallas Back in the Spotlight
The Belgian duo was rarely used during the friendly games played by Everton after the Premier League has ended. They’re expected to return to the spotlight for the opening game and also play together for most of 2016. When they play their A-game they pack quite a punch and can score against any defensive.
Punters should side with the home team in this fixture and could minimize the risks by taking the cover of a 0:0 Asian handicap. The draw no bet market on Everton is priced at even odds by bet365 Sports. 888 Sport and Winner Sport offer odds of 2/1 on the hosts to win outright and 10Bet offers the best value of 16/11 on Tottenham to win.