- Tottenham continues to make a push for the top four with three consecutive victories
- Everton is also in solid form lately, slowly creeping into the top six of the Premier League table
- Can these two sides keep up their impressive run?
Tottenham is fresh off a huge win against second-place Manchester City over the weekend, beating the current title-holders 2-0. Jose Mourinho’s side is unbeaten in three Premier League fixtures, beating Norwich City the previous weekend and tying Watford the week before. They’re now just four points off Chelsea, who are in fourth spot.
With Liverpool running away with the league title with a 22-point lead over Man City, their EPL odds are now an incredible -100000 with still 13 matches to go. So let’s instead focus on finding some value in the top four and top six races.
EPL Top 4 Odds
All odds taken Feb 5
Everton meanwhile, has looked better lately after a rough start to the campaign. Carlo Ancelotti has definitely helped this club improve their form, beating Watford 3-2 last weekend, with two draws previously to West Ham and Newcastle. The Toffees are currently on 33 points in ninth place, just three back from Sheffield United, who sit in sixth.
Tottenham have +325 odds to finish in the top four this term, with Leicester City leading the way at -1400. Spurs have a legitimate shot of catching Chelsea in fourth spot though, given their better form lately and Chelsea’s struggles in their last handful of matches.
Everton currently has +600 odds to finish in the top six this season, behind the likes of Sheffield United and Manchester United. Right now, between fourth and 13th spot, ten different sides are separated by just ten points. It continues to be a close race but if Everton can continue to put forward positive results, they will have an array of hope at a top-six finish.
EPL Top 6 Odds
Tottenham Finding Their Form
After a dreadful start to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, Tottenham has dramatically improved since Jose Mourinho took over in North London. Spurs have lost just twice in their last ten matches across all competitions. However, four of those fixtures ended in draws against teams such as Middlesborough in cup play, Watford, Southampton, and Norwich City.
Although they’ve improved under Mourinho, they aren’t winning nearly enough against weaker Premier League sides. Watford and Norwich City are two teams who they should easily beat, yet they’re not. But if this past weekend is any indication, then Tottenham could be heading in the right direction.
Although they had just 33 percent of the possession in their 2-0 routing of Man City, they capitalized on their opportunities in the final third. Mourinho’s squad had just three shots on net and two of them went in. Premier League newcomer Steven Bergwijn, who arrived in North London just last week from PSV Eindhoven, scored an absolute stunner in his debut. The youngster looks to be an exciting attacker who could make a real difference in the final third, especially with Harry Kane out for a few more months.
Everton Improving Under Ancelotti
The Toffees have looked a whole lot better under their new Italian manager who took over in late December. Since his arrival at Goodison Park, Everton is 4-2-2, while going unbeaten in their last four matches. Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is enjoying life under his new manager, scoring five goals in his last eight fixtures.
Everton showed real guts in their 3-2 comeback victory against Watford this past weekend at Vicarage Road, answering with three goals after going down 2-0 early on. Ancelotti is getting the most out of each and every player and using them to their strengths, a tactic that has worked wonders so far for this club.
Their next five matches are against Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, and Liverpool, so this team will be put to the test with a very tough handful of fixtures ahead. They’ve tied Palace, Arsenal, and United previously while beating Frank Lampard’s side in December, so they will be seeking similar results in these next few weeks on their journey to a top-six finish.
Top Four and Top Six are Realistic for Both Sides
I truly believe that Mourinho has made a huge difference for Tottenham and with the quality they already have in their squad, a top-four finish is very realistic. Currently just four points shy of Chelsea who is in dismal form, Spurs can definitely contest with the Blues for a Champions League spot this season.
Everton has a tough schedule ahead, but they put up positive results against these big clubs earlier this season. With Ancelotti now in charge, this club has the ability to secure points out of these next five matches under their new gaffer. The Toffees can definitely finish in the top six if they continue to play impressive football.