Match to be played on Sunday 3rd November 2013 at 13:30. Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool.
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to keep up with Arsenal and Chelsea when they take on Everton this Sunday.
With their London rivals playing on Saturday, it means there could be a gap emerging between Spurs and the other sides they are competing against for the Premier League title and Champions League football by the end of the season.
Tottenham followed up their win against Hull City last weekend with a League Cup win against the same opponents, after a dramatic 120 minutes of football and a penalty shoot-out.
It’s not the ideal scenario Andre Villas-Boas would have been hoping for and he’s got a couple of selection dilemmas ahead of the Everton game.
Here is the side he may go with.
GK – Hugo Lloris
Lloris has been very consistent this season. He seems to have worked hard on eradicating the weaknesses from his game, which have forced mistakes in the past. He’s a very quick and agile goalkeeper which gives the Spurs defence the belief that they can risk a higher line.
RB – Kyle Walker
Walker will be full of confidence after recently extending his contract with the club. He now knows that Spurs see him as the club’s long term primary right-back and that should allow him to settle down and produce some of his best form.
CB – Michael Dawson
Dawson is the real leader in the Tottenham back four. He’s the player that the rest of the team looks to for a little bit of motivation and he’s a dogged defender who will always put himself on the line for his club. He’s good in the air and he reads the game well.
CB – Vlad Chiriches
Chiriches has been playing some decent football since he settled into the Tottenham first team. There will be a definite temptation for AVB to play Younes Kaboul in the middle of the back four, especially with Romelu Lukaku in the Everton attack but Chiriches should get another chance.
LB – Jan Vertonghen
With Danny Rose still out injured, there is another chance for Vertonghen to impress at left-back. He offers good defensive skill down that side of the pitch and he’s getting better when it comes to getting forward and helping out the midfield.
RM – Andros Townsend
Townsend is one of the biggest attacking threats that Tottenham have available. There has been signs in the last couple of weeks that teams are just starting to get the knack of how to play against him so he needs to stay sharp and focused against Everton.
DM – Sandro
Sandro should continue in the holding role, just in front of the back four. He’ll have to watch for runs from deep because Everton have plenty of different players who can break from deep positions, to end up in threatening areas. Sandro needs to read the game well and anticipate runs.
CM – Paulinho
Paulinho is arguably the best box-to-box midfielder that Tottenham have available. He’ll be the player who sits in the middle pulling the strings, dropping deeper when the side is under pressure and nudging forward when Spurs are on top and applying some pressure.
AM – Christian Eriksen
Eriksen has recently been replaced by Lewis Holtby in the Tottenham midfield. Eriksen started life at Spurs with a bang and should be determined to have a very big creative influence on the game. It would be surprising if AVB didn’t switch back to using the Dane in behind the front man.
LM – Gylfi Sigurdsson
Sigurdsson had a very decent game against Hull in the League Cup, scoring a majestic goal in the process. He’s been used at left midfield already this season and his ability to move inside and play in a central role will give Spurs some extra control against the Everton midfield.
ST – Roberto Soldado
Soldado is lethal from the penalty spot but he needs to try and do a little more as Tottenham’s sole front man. He needs to start running the channels more aggressively as well as making runs in behind and in front of the opposition back four to give the midfield options.
What do you think? Should Kaboul start? Should Holtby play at attacking midfield?