The key clashes to look out for as Tottenham host Everton on Sunday.
Tottenham and Everton will battle it out at White Hart Lane this weekend as each side looks to improve their position in the race for a top four place.
Here are five key battles to keep an eye on during the game.
Hugo Lloris v Tim Howard
It’s difficult to see either side really getting on top and dominating possession during this match which suggests that any winning margin will be slender.
The two goalkeepers have very big roles to play. They have completely different styles but they are both capable of pulling off world class saves at vital moments.
Whoever can keep perform the best in the high pressure situations should be on the winning side.
Michael Dawson v Kevin Mirallas
It’s unclear whether Mirallas will start in a central or wide position but either way he will pop up in the centre at various points in the match.
The Belgian is not a naïve attacking player so he’ll try and use his pace to put the Tottenham man onto the back foot, exploiting the Spurs back four if they move too high up the pitch.
Dawson has to keep a close eye on Mirallas’ movement throughout the game.
Paulinho v Ross Barkley
Barkley is one of the most talented attacking midfielders in the Premier League.
Everton will try and get him onto the ball as quickly as possible and Paulinho will probably sit in the middle of Tottenham’s team looking to break up the play and get forward when he can.
The Spurs man has to always be thinking about defence first because if he takes his eye off of Barkley for a few seconds, the Everton star can hurt Tottenham.
Aaron Lennon v Leighton Baines
Baines is one of the best left-backs around which makes Aaron Lennon’s task of getting the edge over him very difficult.
Lennon can’t focus on taking on Baines, he has to focus on his strengths and how he can use them to his advantage.
The Tottenham man has the edge in terms of pace so a good tactic could be to play the ball into space and outsprint Baines.
Emmanuel Adebayor v Phil Jagielka
Adebayor should be really up for this game considering his recent form.
He has great height and physical presence which he can use to dominate the ball in front of the Everton back four and Phil Jagielka in particular.
Jagielka will most likely let him have possession there, working hard to make sure Adebayor can’t break through any gaps in the defence and is therefore easier to contain.
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