Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur: The bad luck derby.
Everton versus Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t have picked the worst of times to match both premier league teams against the other, sparking narratives of how so much ill-luck has trailed the Toffees this season.
It looks very much a jinx on Everton this season who after coming from a 10-point deduction to move from the relegation spot, the Merseyside Blues see themselves back in the zone a second time with talks of more points deduction reportedly facing them.
In what stands a contrasting fortunes with their next-door cousins, Liverpool, the Toffees face serious threats of a first time relegation from the premier league as they sit 18th in the league, 6 points above Burnley who sit 19th and 1 point behind Luton Town who now sit 17th safe from relegation, with a game in hand.
There are still quite a lot of games to go for anything to be decided, but Everton facing Tottenham Hotspur and a week after journeying to the Etihad to face a Manchester City side hot in the race for a 4th premier league title in successive seasons, bad luck cannot be spoken in whispers.
Tottenham Hotspur currently face the tide of cementing their place in the top 4 this week if they can force out a win against Everton at Goodison Park today, which sits them level on points against North London rivals, Arsenal who sit in 3rd place.
And with Arsenal facing Everton’s cousins, Liverpool tomorrow, Spurs’ have an added motivation to see out a win at all cost. Results on Sunday, may or may not turn in favor of the Merseyside Reds, who are themselves hot on heels for a second premier league title under Jurgen Klopp, and should it go Liverpool’s way, Tottenham will be eager to be on the luxury end of it.
As if the narratives could not get any more worse, the Toffees would have to watch the gap between them and their City rivals get bigger in every match day, with their own fate further slipping away from them.
There also lies the alleged Financial Fair Play breech that could face Everton yet again, with the first points deduction still under appeal by the club.
With the next premier league match days seeing the Blues take on Manchester City, West Ham, Manchester United, Liverpool in the space of facing the likes of Brighton and Crystal Palace, it’s becoming bad luck upon bad luck for Everton this season, and Tottenham Hotspur could be the beginning of the end for them.
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