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Spurs and Everton have it all to play for with work still left to do in the transfer window

28 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Spurs and Everton have it all to play for with work still left to do in the transfer window

Both clubs are likely to be busy before the window shuts, but victory on Saturday will be vital in ensuring neither are left out in the cold

Tottenham and Everton could probably be forgiven for looking upon their meeting at White Hart Lane this weekend as a bit of an inconvenience.

That may seem a strange thing to say – with both teams in desperate need of points to keep up with the table-topping pack following indifferent starts to the season.

Yet with the summer transfer window due to close around 72 hours after they kick off on Saturday evening, the minds of both clubs will no doubt be at least partly elsewhere.

And while Spurs will be preparing to fling open their doors in order to fill the various gaps in their squad with another last-minute shopping spree, Everton will most likely be bolting theirs shut in an attempt to keep their prized assets safely locked away.

Indeed, the nature of the modern-day transfer window and its effect upon the global market has often posed a curious problem to both of these clubs in their bid to keep up with England’s elite and stay involved with the European party.

While Everton have tended to spend what money they have wisely – the headline signings of James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku would all qualify as successes – their issue has always been a relative lack of cash to splash.

Tottenham on the other hand have almost had too much – with the record fee they received for Gareth Bale leading to a more scattergun approach in recent years that has seen plenty of big names come and then quickly go.

Put Bill Kenwright in charge of Daniel Levy’s cheque book and together they would surely be a force to be reckoned with.

For now, however, they must make the most of what they have got.

As it happens, Tottenham’s recent home record against Everton is excellent – winning five and drawing two of their last seven meetings at White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane scored the winner when these sides met on the final day of last season, and Spurs’ only central striker is 13/2 to open his account for the new campaign by scoring first in a Tottenham win.

Currently his most likely source of support is Nacer Chadli, who has scored first in two of Spurs’ last three home wins – and the Belgian is 10/1 to extend that record against Everton on Saturday.

The Toffees meanwhile produced the perfect away performance on their most recent Premier League travels with the 3-0 demolition of Southampton.

Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace in that game and did the same against Barnsley in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

With four goals in two away games this season, the forward is 20/1 to score two or more against Spurs.

Also netting in midweek was Kevin Mirallas who has scored two in his last three visits to White Hart Lane – and is 4/1 to do so again on Saturday.

The Belgian winger has long been of interest to Tottenham, and with Everton already lining up Federico Fazio as a potential replacement for John Stones should he depart, the two clubs could well be competing for players as well as points during the next few days.

Not since 2004 have both Tottenham and Everton finished outside the top five.

Their success both on the pitch and across the negotiating table between now and Tuesday will surely decide whether or not that record is about to come to end.

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