We had the pleasure of chatting with our fellow SB Nation blog, Cartilage Free Captain, for this weekend's Premier League game between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. Thank you to Bryan who took the time to answer our questions. Click here to read our responses on the Spurs blog too.
RBM - This season is one of parity in the Premier League. What were your expectations going into the season, and how have they changed now?
There's lots to like about Pochettino. He plays an attractive style of football that, when it works, puts a lot of pressure on opposing teams and make Spurs look really good. I also like that he has no qualms about giving young players the opportunity to prove themselves.RBM - Mauricio Pochettino is Tottenham's 10th manager in 12 years. What have you seen that you like so far, and what has you worried?
RBM - What does the Spurs youth academy set up look like? Are there any players that will be breaking into the senior side soon?
The best players this season have been Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, and Christian Eriksen. Everyone else has been pretty inconsistent.RBM - Who would you say are the best players on the squad so far? Are you expecting lots of activity in the January transfer window?
The cynical answer is because our home support is awful. Fans are, for whatever reason, unhappy with the way the club is being run and are showing that displeasure by just being bad fans. West Bromwich Albion's manager said our fans helped his side to their win at the Lane and Emmanuel Adebayor has said the players prefer to play on the road because the support is so bad.RBM - Tottenham have two wins and four losses at White Hart Lane this season. How come their away form is better than their home record?
While they're nominally the same formation, I think they'll play very differently. Tottenham play very narrow across the front and rely on pressing and quick counterattacks, while Everton get more width from their wide players and will attempt to hold possession. I wouldn't be surprised if Spurs sit a little deeper and invite Everton onto them, then turn up the pressure and try to catch them on the break.RBM - Both Spurs and Everton play a 4-2-3-1 formation. Do you think the two will cancel each other out, or will it be end-to-end on Sunday?
RBM - Finally, a score prediction from you for the game? Which players (on either side) do you think will have a good game?
For Spurs, Hugo Lloris will have to be his usual amazing self and I think Christian Eriksen will continue to be good. For Everton, Romelu Lukaku will probably feast on our center backs and Kevin Mirallas always seems to cause Spurs problems. I'm not terribly confident in Spurs' form at the moment, so I'm gonna say this is an Everton win 2-1.