Ah yes, Spurs v Everton – or more aptly – Jose v Carlo, which is the only interesting narrative. Both of these gentlemen have done it the world over; from the furthest depths of Naples to err… Salford.
This does feel like somewhat of a greatest hits tour from these two, though. Wheel out the same football that once made you famous, before condemning all this new-wave stuff and when challenges in your shortcomings, list off your previous achievements and repeat until blue in the face.
Spurs could have gone from strength to strength if they’d opted to give into Mauricio Pochettino’s demands to rebuild the entire squad before they opted for what seemed a quick fix in the man who’s won it all.
Meanwhile in Liverpool, Everton had the opportunity to bring in a manager that otherwise wouldn’t dream of stepping foot on Albert Dock without the hefty contract and, presumably, a sponsorship deal with a cigar company.
Still, one of these sides is going to come away from this opening fixture with optimism that will last for at least another week, and I suppose that’s… something?
Here’s your first Sunday same game multi of the season in the Premier League. Buckle up.
So, hear me out. They’re at home, they’re more settled and, despite the heavy recruitment from the Toffees, they’ve still got probably the best player on the pitch in almost every position.
I know we’d like to sit here and throw things at Jose because he’s now the easiest target in England due to his outbursts, but he hasn’t exactly hidden in a defensive shell since coming to Spurs.
Yes, a lot of that is down to the fact that his back three occasionally resemble a synchronised swimming lesson during an earthquake, but also because he’s decided to send more men forward.
Given they’re settled and had very few engagements, enabling proper sessions and preparation, don’t be surprised to see them fly out of the blocks and secure a Spurs half time lead.
I can see Spurs sitting on a lead, though. If they find the net early doors, Mourinho will ultimately limit the overlaps and ask the wing backs to sit in and make a six with the holding midfielder.
What Jose does better than anyone is instruct players on how to waste time: at throw-ins, through waiting on free-kicks by passing them off between players, timely subs and making the most of fouls.
While the average game of football sees the ball in play for just about an hour, Jose’s sides manage this for considerably less when they’re winning. This is pointing towards Under 2.5 Goals.
He’s the most frustrated man in the world when things don’t go his way, and who could blame him, as he frequently has to carry the unhappy half of the city of Liverpool on his back.
I think Richarlison to Have 2 or More Shots on Target is a mammoth price, given Spurs don’t really press the ball in their own half, with Richarlison frequently taking aim from distance when his side are chasing an equaliser.
These three selections in a Same Game Multi will give you odds of just under 60/1 with Paddy Power.
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