THE LAST LEAGUE EPISODE
Everton are chasing a third triumph over Spurs having already beaten them twice this season.
The Toffees overcame Tottenham most recently in a 5th round FA Cup tie where there was a total of nine goals scored on the day.
However, tonight is a Premier League fixture, so let’s rewind to match-day one when Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton a perfect start to the season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were fired up from the first whistle. Not only were they controlling a majority of possession, but the Merseyside giants were first to every loose ball.
And Richarlison should have put the visitors ahead when he pounced on a risky pass across goal from Ben Davies.
But once the Brazilian worked himself a yard of space dribbling the ball around an oncoming Hugo Lloris, he blazed it high and wide of the mark.
Everton had Spurs completely on the back-foot but Mourinho’s men almost caught the Toffees on the counter twice.
Once through Dele Alli and the other through the Tottenham right-back debutant, Matt Doherty but both efforts were well saved by Jordan Pickford.
Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich attacker, James Rodriguez also made his debut appearance in a Toffee’s shirt.
And his career in Merseyside almost got off to a flier but the Colombian’s left footed curled strike whistled past the post just before the interval.
With both teams having good chances, the opener could have gone either way.
Until ten minutes after the resumption when Calvert-Lewin’s header flew into the top left hand corner as a result of a Lucas Digne splendid free-kick.
Spurs were expected to retaliate but if Richarlison had his shooting boots on, it would have been Everton doubling their lead instead.
Fatigue began to take its toll on both sides due to the pandemic restricting clubs to have a minimal pre-season.
Which meant that Ancelotti’s side were able to see out their first three points of the campaign.
As for Mourinho, this was the first time the Portuguese had suffered a defeat on the opening day in his entire career as a head coach.