Michael Owen states his prediction for Everton v Tottenham

Michael Owen is expecting a 1-1 draw between Tottenham and Everton on Sunday afternoon...

Michael Owen is tipping Everton to hold Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in Sunday’s Premier League clash on Merseyside.

Spurs head to Liverpool in fine form and in fourth place in the Premier League table, just four points behind leaders and local rivals Arsenal.

Everton, meanwhile, are 11th in the table and lost 4-3 to Stoke City in their most recent top-flight outing.

Tottenham have been touted by many to be potential challengers for the Premier League title this season.

And although Owen has been impressed by what he has seen from Mauricio Pochettino’s men this term, he does not expect Spurs to be able to claim the three points against the Toffees in their first game of 2016.

Owen wrote on his blog for Colossus Bets: “Everton have got to be the most frustrating side in the league, and it is staggering to see that they have conceded 19 goals in nine home games – comfortably the worst defensive home record in the league.

“Martinez needs to sort that out quickly, because it obviously undermines the great work his forwards are doing. Other than Man City, they are the most prolific side in front of goal, at home, in the league.

“Tottenham are a far more disciplined outfit, with only two losses all season and having conceded only 15 goals in 19 games, these sides drawing 0-0 in August. And they now have to considered genuine title contenders in a season where no side is laying down a convincing marker.

“All in all, though, I find this a very hard game to call, so I’ll settle for 1-1.”

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Pochettino has been tasked with guiding Tottenham back into the Champions League after they finished fifth in the Premier League table last season.

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