Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur will look to confirm their top four spot when they host Everton in the last round of Premier League fixtures.
It’s safe to say that the past week has been a crazy one for Spurs. They faced Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals, and the Dutch side claimed a 1-0 lead in the first leg. Spurs travelled to Amsterdam in the hope of a comeback, but Ajax seized the initiative. They led 2-0 at half-time, and the tie appeared to be over. But Lucas Moura scored twice to make the home side nervous. Then the Brazilian completed his hat-trick in stoppage time to send Spurs to the final in dramatic circumstances.
Mauricio Pochettino and his squad were delighted, and naturally. “Thank you to everyone who has believed in us. To describe this in words is difficult,” said Pochettino after the game. It was an emotional night for all involved, and Liverpool await them in the final on 1st June. But for now, they must shift their attention to the Premier League. Currently, they are in fourth place, and they are at little risk of dropping below that.
Spurs lost 1-0 to Bournemouth last week, as they finished the match with nine men on the pitch. That put their top four hopes at risk, but their neighbours Arsenal did them a favour. The Gunners could manage only a draw against Brighton, which means that Spurs are three points clear in fourth place. The goal difference gap is 8, and Spurs should not drop barring a huge collapse against Everton. Arsenal will visit Burnley in their game, and a heavy win there is also unlikely.
Meanwhile, Everton will look to end their season on a high. Much was expected from Marco Silva in his first season in charge at the club. He has delivered to a great extent. There was a period when things were not going their way, and the pressure was mounting on Silva. But Everton have impressed in recent weeks, and they sit in eighth place. Impressive wins against Chelsea, Manchester United, and Arsenal have propelled them to that position.
They have won three out of their last five Premier League games. Last week they faced Burnley and claimed a convincing 2-0 victory. An own goal from Ben Mee and Seamus Coleman’s strike were enough for the three points.
Richarlison is a doubt for Everton, as he is suffering from a chest problem. Spurs, on the other hand, have numerous issues. Jan Vertonghen will miss the game after he left the Ajax game on crutches. Juan Foyth and Son Heung-min will be suspended after both of them were sent off against Bournemouth.
This game is a tough one to call, as Spurs will be physically and mentally exhausted after their adventure midweek. Everton will be confident of winning, and we should see goals in this one. Both sides should score, and the total goals will be more than 2.5 in this game.