With what was an unconventional summer, the Premier League is finally back in full swing. The first Super Sunday of the new season doesn’t look to disappoint, as two of the most successful managers in history go head-to-head.
Both Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti have a combined total of five Champions Leagues; 11 domestic leagues won between them.
The Merseyside club have come off what looks to be an impressive week in the Transfer Market, the signing of Allan and Doucoure will help bolster an area to the Blues game that have been lacking in. Along with the two more dynamic and traditional Centre Midfielders, the signing of Colombian sensation James Rodriguez has sent the internet into a bit of a frenzy.
Many Evertonians will be curious to see if any of their new boys will start on Sunday, with Andre Gomes picking up a knock while with Portugal last week there could be a slot for Allan or Doucoure to slide in.
Tottenham, on the other hand, have been more cautious this summer, signing Joe Hart and Matt Doherty. While it looks like Hart will be purely a back up for Hugo Lloris, Matt Doherty could start this Sunday.
The London club were struggling last season in the Right-back position and needed someone who could offer a more defensive mind to their game. Matt Doherty is a great signing for them, similar to Everton, Tottenham have identified an area they needed to improve on well. Though, there was some shock that Wolves let Doherty go as he was an established player in Nuno’s set up.
Both teams will be looking to kick off the season with a win. Spurs will be looking to continue their run of starting games strong, they have scored the opening goal in four of their last six games league games. This will worry Ancelotti’s men as although you can see the improvement in Everton since the Italian’s arrival they still struggling to start games strong. In two of their last five league games, Everton had to come back to earn a draw.
Both teams look dangerous in attack, Tottenham have England forward Harry Kane, who scored 18 league goals last season and Son Heung-Min, who grabbed 11 goals too. Last season Spurs scored 61 league goals, the sixth highest in the league, and have scored in their last eight home games.
The Toffee’s however, aren’t short of firepower with both Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin getting 26 goals between them. Both attackers will be looking to build on from last season, with the creative flair of James Rodriguez behind them it looks very promising for Ancelotti’s team.
This game has the chance to be a one to watch for the fullbacks, with Lucas Digne being an ever-present threat from Everton’s left side. The Frenchman has created the most chances for a defender in the kast two seasons, beating both Liverpool Fullbacks according to Whoscored. Whereas, Doherty looks to be more of a defensive threat for Tottenham, averaging at 1.5 tackles made and 1.1 interceptions last season, according to Whoscored.
Both sets of fans will be hoping for an entertaining, open game and more importantly coming away with a win. You could argue both teams should be aiming for European qualification this season, or at the least a decent cup run, we will have to see how this unusual preseason has affected the players.