Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho

Michael Brown has tipped Tottenham to make a winning start against Everton as he names Jose Mourinho’s men as outsiders for a top-four finish this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs midfielder believes that the Lilywhites will seal a narrow victory over the Toffees.

Brown left Spurs out of his top four predictions for the BBC as he tipped his old side Manchester City to lead Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United to the title.

Tottenham finished sixth in the Premier League last season, seven points behind London rivals Chelsea in fourth.

However, Brown has revealed he believes that Spurs have an outside chance of finishing in the top four.

Brown told Football Insider: “I didn’t put them top four and I did stress, which you haven’t seen on the BBC, I do think we could see a real positive performance from Spurs.

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“I wouldn’t write them off getting in the top four, I just believe if we’re talking about the consistency and the players who are around, you would expect the top four that I’ve said.

“I did actually state that I would not be surprised if Tottenham did make the top four.”

Asked whether he thought Spurs could get off to a perfect start against Everton, Brown said: “I can see Spurs winning it. I think it’ll be a very, very tight game but I can see Spurs winning it.”

A Michael Keane own goal was all that separated the two sides when Everton visited north London back in June.

The Toffees have not beaten Spurs since a 2-1 win at Goodison Park in 2012, while their last away win against the Lilywhites came back in 2008.

In other Tottenham news, the club are readying an offer for a new centre-forward.