Analysis

FLIP’s Picks In-Play: Tottenham vs Everton

Written by Sam Hopkinson

The theme of this match is transfer speculation—both teams could still undergo additions as well as losing players before the window closes. The best thing about FLIP is this won’t affect your fantasy teams—you aren’t tied to players like you are in regular fantasy football.

To help with your FLIP Sports fantasy team selection for this match, we’ve picked out those players we’re expecting strong performances from:

DEFENDER

John Stones

It is usually the case that intense transfer speculation affects a player’s performance—their heads are turned and their heart just isn’t in it. For John Stones this is not the case. Against Manchester City (despite the scoreline) he was commanding and must have impressed Chelsea, who have since allegedly made a new £40 million bid. Bit for now he is still an Everton player, and faces a Spurs attack that has yet to fully click. Roberto Martinez will be relying on Stones to keep his concentration on the game and not the future if Everton are going to leave White Hart Lane with any of the spoils.

MIDFIELDER

Ross Barkley

Barkley wasn’t able to have the impact last game that he’d have liked. Against Manchester City’s hyper-drilled defence Everton simply weren’t able to play their attacking game. Barkley shouldn’t have the same issues against Spurs, who still haven’t worked out how to stop leaking goals. In their last two games the Lilywhites have drawn after being out in front. Barkley’s strong running and passing vision will be a stern test for Vertonghen and Alderweireld, and much will depend on how Spurs set up to counter the Everton man. Despite his last result, Barkley is still the man in form, and FLIP Sports expects a fine performance to get things back on track. Even if Everton fail to win he should be worth some points.

STRIKER

Harry Kane

Some people love a failure, and they can be heard crowing at the thought of Kane failing to score in his first three league games. FLIP Sports is not among them. Kane is Tottenham’s talisman, and his difficulty in scoring is as much down to his misfiring team mates as it is opposition defenders. Kane came very close to winning the Golden Boot last time out after already winning PFA Young Player. This kind of success does not happen in a vacuum, and he is sure to open his account very soon.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Érik Lamela

Despite his inability to live up to expectation, many Spurs fans will grieve if Lamela does indeed move to Inter Milan this summer. The mercurial Argentinian is capable of some show-stopping stuff—who can forget his Europa League rabona goal last season? He is possessed with great vision and always seems to hint that he could be a phenomenal player. However, he has produced very little substance on the field—more often than not losing the ball in situations he shouldn’t, and committing reckless fouls.

About the author

Sam Hopkinson

Sam has attended matches everywhere from Cambodia to Canada, and is a persistent Spurs fan. If he didn’t have football, he’d probably turn to a life of crime just to get that exhilarating fix. Superstitious enough to believe that picking a player for his fantasy team spells doom for the poor sod.