Tottenham stars including Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb preview Everton clash

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

The Lilywhites travel to Goodison Park for their Premier League opener.

Leicester's Marc Albrighton and Tottenham's Nabil BentalebLeicester's Marc Albrighton and Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

Members of Tottenham’s first-team squad have given their take on their opening Premier League fixture against Everton, in a feature on the club’s official website.

Spurs drew twice with the Toffees last season in closely contested games and will have the chance to record their first win over Ronald Koeman’s new team since a one-nil victory at Goodison Park in May last year.

"I'm sure it will be a good footballing match, hopefully we can start the season well and come home with three points," said midfielder Ryan Mason.

Ryan Mason celebrates scoring the first goal for TottenhamRyan Mason celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham

"Everton away is always a nice fixture, lovely stadium and in the last few seasons we've played well there," said goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

"It's a tough game to start with and I'm sure they will play a good style of football and that things will be slightly different there now with Ronald Koeman in charge," said midfielder Tom Carroll.

Tottenham's Tom Carroll acknowledges fans after the gameTottenham's Tom Carroll acknowledges fans after the game

Nabil Bentaleb agreed: "Yes, it's a tough game, it's never easy there," he said. "We will have to be ready, focused and determined."

Tottenham typically have to be at their best to get one over on Everton but they have enjoyed some success recently, going unbeaten in the last seven encounters - with the Toffees’ last win coming in December 2012.

Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that Koeman’s arrival, and the changes that are bound to result, will cause a hint of uncertainty that his team can capitalise on early.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs were slow starters last term - taking until their fifth game to record a win - and Pochettino will be determined to prevent that happening again.

Meanwhile, the futures of Carroll, Mason and Bentaleb are all uncertain, with Spurs likely strengthening in central midfield this summer, and it will be interesting to see which of the three are still at White Hart Lane come the start of the season.

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