Today sees Everton take on Tottenham in what could turn out to be a crucial game in the race for European places this season.
For Spurs victory is almost essential. If they can win the game it would effectively act as an eliminator in regards to Everton’s hopes of European football next season.
For Everton a win is a must. While they may currently be little more than just outside bets at making it into either the Europa League or the Champions League the fact remains they do hold their fate well and truly in their own hands.
Tough ties are to come. Today against Spurs is just one of many a ‘cup-final’ for David Moyes men; Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool also await. With none of these games at Goodison Park it leaves Everton in doubt as to whether they can truly accomplish what they want this season.
European football is seen as a must for Everton for more than just the prestige and money that comes as a reward. There is palpable fear that failure to make it into European competition next season will see the likes of Leighton Baines and Maraoune Fellaini depart; with David Moyes’ future no more likely to be on Merseyside.
Which brings us back to today’s game and despite Everton’s historically ropey history in the capital city under the stewardship of Moyes surely Spurs are there for the taking this afternoon.
First and foremost Gareth Bale is injured. While many stop short of saying that AVB’s side is a one-man team there is little doubt they would be a much greater threat to Everton if he was fighting fit.
Aaron Lennon is also out. Without his dynamism out wide it gives Leighton Baines no fear in joining the attack on a regular basis; something his best chance creator in Europe tag should strike fear into the Spurs defence.
Last and certainly not least Jermain Defoe is also out. Once again Spurs fans may be left rueing Tottenham’s decision not to bring in a striker in January. For all of Adebayor’s huffing and puffing it is difficult to see him blowing down the house that is a fully-fit Everton back-five.
No today is the perfect day to play Spurs. With their injuries and recent dip in form Everton could easily go within three points of the third-placed side; and put themselves right back in contention for European football.
Do you think Everton can topple Spurs this afternoon?
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