Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton v Tottenham Hotspur result

Mark Lawrenson

Mark Lawrenson thinks Everton and Tottenham will draw 1-1 this afternoon.

Mark LawrensonMark Lawrenson

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Everton and Tottenham will draw 1-1 at Goodison Park this afternoon.

The Premier League returns today as the 2016/17 campaign gets underway, and one of the most highly-anticipated games is Everton against Tottenham.

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

Everton are embracing the dawn of a new era, as new investor Farhad Moshiri has pumped money into the club, and landed quite the coup as Ronald Koeman was appointed as the club's new boss.

The former Southampton manager made a surprise move from the South Coast to Merseyside, having guided the Saints to higher finishes than Everton in the last two Premier League seasons.

Today, Koeman takes charge of Everton in a competitive game for the first time as Mauricio Pochettino - the man Koeman replaced at Southampton in 2014 - brings his Tottenham team to Goodison Park.

General view outside the stadium before the match - Goodison Park

Spurs enjoyed a superb season under Pochettino last season, challenging Leicester for the Premier League title before falling away in the final weeks of the season to end up finishing behind North London rivals Arsenal.

Pochettino may have been quiet in the summer transfer window, only bringing in defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and striker Vincent Janssen, but the nucleus of his side has stayed together, as the likes of Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane will again spearhead the Tottenham charge this season.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Ahead of today's game at Goodison Park, pundit Mark Lawrenson has offered his prediction for the game, telling BBC Sport that he thinks today's clash will finish 1-1.

Lawrenson admitted that he thinks Everton's signings so far have been 'positive', and with Tottenham starting slowly last season, he believes it will be a draw at Goodison Park this afternoon.

"Everton are in the process of rebuilding under manager Ronald Koeman, and their signings so far have been positive," said Lawrenson. "Tottenham will be looking to kick on from last season but they started quite slowly last year and did not get a win until their fifth league game - I don't think they will start with a win this time either," he added.

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