Fulltime Thoughts - Spurs were there for the taking, but this creatively-challenged Everton is not going to do much taking.
90+7’ - There’s the final whistle. Whew, a point at least.
90+5’ - Davies wins a corner on the left. Digne to take, Spurs clear.
90+3’ - Lo Celso takes the freekick, Gbamin clears for a corner. Taken low and cleared, and then Townsend is leveled by Skipp to prevent the counter.
90’ - Everton are scrambling now as Spurs are putting on late pressure. Holgate makes a big clearance but then catches Hojbjerg in the follow-through, studs up and everything. Kavanagh shows him a yellow, and is now looking at the VAR screen to see if that’s a red card offence. Holgate is off.
Gray is sacrificed for Gbamin to come on now. Four plus minutes to be added on.
88’ - Spurs on a break, and substitute Giovanni Lo Celso cracks the upright from distance. Everton were scattered and backpedalling and there was little Pickford could do about it. So lucky.
82’ - Davies and Delph combine well to cross into the box, Gray gets a touch on it and watches the ball go just wide at the far post.
Allan is coming off and Mason Holgate is on, replacing him in the middle.
70’ - Gray’s corner is low and cleared. Ball into the box, Gray can’t make contact under pressure, it falls to Davies whose shot is into the ground and safely into Lloris’ hands.
It’s all set up for a thrilling finale here.
67’ - Tempers boiling over now as Ben Davies hacks down Townsend.
Blues win a corner on the right. Townsend inswinger, Richarlison controls it, and now wants a handball against Hojbjerg! The Dane had put his arm behind his back so that won’t be a penalty, but the Blues have another corner.
Meanwhile, Richarlison and Romero are both booked after getting in each other’s faces.
63’ - Deep ball into the box.. penalty!! It went over Gordon, and Richarlison and Lloris came together! Lloris missed the ball and Richy went down too! Did Gordon foul the defender on his hip though?
Chris Kavanagh is at the monitor, and decides.. no penalty! Goodison boos loudly.
61’ - Spurs spreading Everton wide, and Ben Davies takes a crack from distance, that wasn’t far.
60’ - It’s been all Spurs for the last few minutes here. Delph’s race is run, Tom Davies is coming on for him.
55’ - Spurs’ 3-4-3 is starting to stretch the Toffees, what will Benitez do about it?
Reguilon beats Gordon to let off a shot, Godfrey blocks for a corner. It’s cleared by Townsend.
52’ - Crucial interception from Delph as Spurs look to break. He’s playing very well today, which makes this the longest good spell he’s had for the Blues since joining,
50’ - Gray deep cross into the box and Gordon goes for glory, his volley is over though.
46’ - Second half underway, and it’s Spurs doing all the running.
Halftime Thoughts - The Blues haven’t created much, but at the same time haven’t allowed Spurs to do much either. Hard to see what Benitez is going to do here.
45+1’ - As I say that, Son starts a counter, Kane’s cross into the box is met by a sliding Reguilon who hits well over. Whew.
45’ - Both sides are just playing out the half right now.
42’ - Richarlison is down holding his left knee. Looked to have hurt it when sliding into a challenge against countryman Emerson Royal. He is up but looking very unhappy.
39’ - Gray slaloms into the box and goes down! Oliver Skipp looked to have put a foot in there, the ref adamant no penalty and Jon Moss on VAR says check complete, no penalty.
Richarlison tramples on Romero after sending him crashing. No love lost there between the Brazilian and the Argentine.
36’ - A couple of quick counters for both sides gets the Goodison crowd roaring again. Everton win a corner that is cleared easily and then there’s an offside on the ensuing throw-in.
33’ - Allan with a nice floated ball into the box, Richarlison makes contact but it goes wide.
26’ - Delph booked now. Got the ball sliding across a breaking Moura, ref says he did too much there. Dunno about that.
20’ - Richy wins a freekick off Christian Romero on the right. Into the box from Townsend, no one makes a run and it’s a waste.
19’ - Thrice now Keane is called into action. Lucas Moura runs at the Blues and then the defender blocks his shot, then blocks one from Harry Kane, and then has to step up and make a clearance from his own box.
17’ - Delightful cross through the six-yard box by Lucas Digne on the volley, but no blue shirts to meet it.
12’ - Reguilon hauls down Townsend on the break, and will go into the book.
9’ - Godfrey clatters into the back of Son and then tramples on him, the forward is complaining vocally and the Goodison crowd could not give less of a hoot if they tried.
8’ - Andros Townsend wins a freekick on the edge of the box. Demarai Gray plays it back to Fabian Delph, who curls a ball into the box.. Michael Keane gets to it behind the defence and heads it over. Should have headed it back across the box where Richarlison was waiting.
6’ - Ben Godfrey steps up to make an interception and has time to shoot, it’s low and easily gathered by Hugo Lloris.
5’ - Turnovers by both sides in the middle but neither can take advantage by fashioning a chance.
1’ - Underway at Goodison, and Fabian Delph clatters Harry Kane right away.
Our team for #EVETOT— Everton (@Everton) November 7, 2021
Our line-up for this afternoon's game against Everton! pic.twitter.com/x0yiojYiov— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 7, 2021
A promising start to the season has been frittered away thanks to a variety of reasons — or excuses, your choice — for Everton. After Rafa Benitez got his Blues’ tenure off to a flyer with some solid performances and a favourable early schedule, a combination of unfortunate injuries, puzzling tactics and silly mistakes have seen the Blues cede ground to the chasing pack and now sit in the lower half of the Premier League table.
Yet, things are so tight in the standings that a couple of wins on the bounce could easily see the Toffees back in the top six. For that to happen though, Benitez will have to first solve what is ailing his side. The upcoming international break will give him some time to do so, but before that, the Blues face a visit from Tottenham Hotspur led by their new manager Antonio Conte.
Nuno Espirito Santo — who for a brief moment this summer flirted with the idea of taking over at Goodison Park — came and went at Tottenham in the blink of an eye, with the uninspiring fare he served up at Wolves over the last couple of years quite unwelcome in North London.
Spurs can count themselves fortunate because Conte has fallen into their laps, and his past relationship from Juventus with Director of Football Fabio Paratici will only help him. Whether the handful of training sessions he will have taken before Sunday’s game are enough for him to start instilling his ‘guts before glory’ mindset in a rudderless team will remain to be seen, but Everton will certainly have their hands full against a strong and deep Spurs side who last lost at Goodison when David Moyes was still in charge.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 11
Date and start time: Sunday, November 7th at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m ET / 2:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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The Blues did well against Spurs last season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin winning it on the opening day of the season 1-0 in North London, and then following it up with a 2-2 draw at Goodison that they really should have won had two boneheaded errors not handed Harry Kane a brace on a platter. However, the most exciting game the pair played last season was in the FA Cup, with the Blues winning it 5-4 in extra time in a thriller that went back and forth.