To be played at Goodison Park at 13:30
Odds: Everton 6/4, Draw 12/5, Tottenham 2/1
Last season 2-1
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Both sides have had promising starts to the season with Everton sitting sixth on 18 points with Tottenham sitting a point and two places ahead in the table at this early stage of the season. Roberto Martinez seems to have settled in the Goodison Park hotseat very well and will be looking to keep up Everton’s very good home record against a Spurs side which is steadily building up a reputation for digging out results.
Andre Villas-Boas has had a couple of difficult games in the past week against Hull City, one needed a late penalty, and the other needed penalties in the Capital One Cup tie against the Tigers after extra time. Villas-Boas made several changes for that game but could have done without his side playing the extra 30 minutes, given that the opposition will be fresh ahead of this game.
In terms of injuries Apostolos Vellios joins Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone, Johnny Heitinga and Antolin Alcaraz in the Everton treatment room, whilst Spurs will be without Andros Townsend but could welcome left-back Danny Rose back into the side.
Romelu Lukaku is Everton’s top scorer in the league with five goals
Roberto Soldado is Tottenham’s top scorer in the league with four goals
Everton’s last six: Won 5, Drawn 0, Lost 1
Tottenham’s last six: Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 1
Everton’s home form: Played 4, Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 0, Goals For 6, Goals Against 0
Tottenham’s away form: Played 4, Won 3, Drawn 0, Lost 1, Goals For 4, Goals Against 1
Everton had 53% possession in their last league match, a 2-0 away win against Aston Villa.
Tottenham had 66% possession in their last league match, a 1-0 home win against Hull City.
Five players to watch
He only had the briefest of spells at White Hart Lane, but Pienaar is a very clever player who can be a big goal threat. He will have a point to prove this weekend.
Even though three of his four league goals have been from the penalty spot, Soldado does have good finishing ability. He will get a chance against Everton but he will have to take it. Will he find the goal to get Spurs a big win?
He has been very impressive since signing for Everton from Manchester City on loan. In games like this, the midfield is always going to be a big factor. Barry has that ability to put his foot on the ball and control the game for his side.
Sigurdsson has improved markedly this season after finding his feet at Spurs. He scored a wonderful goal in midweek against Hull City, and looks like the player that can produce something out of nothing. Can he provide that spark again this weekend?
He is in sensational form and any defence is going to find Everton’s top scorer very difficult to stop. You wouldn’t bet against him scoring again this weekend, as he’s going to be a real handful for the Spurs’ defence.
Last time they met
Tottenham 2-2 Everton – Premier League April 2013
Both sides harboured ambitions for a Champions League place and perhaps came away with a result that neither of them wanted. Emmanuel Adebayor gave Spurs the best possible start by giving them the lead in the opening minute before Phil Jagielka scored Everton’s equaliser after 15 minutes. Just after the half-time break Kevin Mirallas scored a wonderful solo effort, and it looked as if it would’ve been enough to secure a massive win in Everton’s season until Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised three minutes from time.
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