Tottenham Hotspur v Everton - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 9th February 2014 at 13:30. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Odds: Tottenham Hotspur 15/13, Draw 5/2, Everton 14/5

Last season: 2-2

Preview & injury news

A massive game for both of these sides as they look to steal a march on their opponents in the race for the top four. Tottenham have only lost one league game under Tim Sherwood, but could only manage a point against Hull City on their last outing as they looked to bounce back from their hammering at the hands of Manchester City. Everton, however, bounced back well after being well beaten in the Merseyside derby by Liverpool, they came from behind to beat Aston Villa to put themselves two points behind their neighbours in the race for the top four, with Spurs a further point behind.

On the injury front, Head Coach Tim Sherwood has confirmed that both Mousa Dembele and Andros Townsend are in contention to play against the Toffees after struggling with injury - though it will be at least a game too early for Erik Lamela to return from a thigh injury. For Everton, Gerard Deulofeu may play a part after spending a good few weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. New signing Lacina Traore will have to wait to make his debut as he has a hamstring injury - but Seamus Coleman is ready to start. Romelu Lukaku continues his recovery from an ankle injury whilst Bryan Oviedo, Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson continue their recovery from long-term injuries.

Key stats

Here are the two sides top scorers in the Premier League so far this season:

Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 5 9 734
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 5 20 1,595
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 3 15 1,127
Paulinho Spurs MF 3 18 1,536
Gylfi Sigurdsson Spurs MF 3 16 873
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 9 19 1,547
Seamus Coleman Everton DF 5 22 1,969
Kevin Mirallas Everton MF 5 24 1,722

Here is their average possession statistics:

NamePossession PercentageGames
Tottenham Hotspur 54.67 24
NamePossession PercentageGames
Everton 56.00 24

And the amount of clean sheets they've kept:

NameClean SheetGames
Tottenham Hotspur 9 24
NameClean SheetGames
Everton 9 24

5 players to watch

Emmanuel Adebayor - For the past two games he has been kept fairly quiet, which has been a rarity under Tim Sherwood. But Spurs could do with him getting back on the scoring trail in what could end up being a crucial game in the context of both side's seasons.

Kevin Mirallas - Mirallas has been in terrific form for Everton - which has included several spirited performances that have troubled opposition defences. Last week he scored a crucial goal against Aston Villa, and this weekend he returns to the ground where he scored a terrific solo goal in a game that was just as important as this one. Can he deliver another Mirallas special?

Jan Vertonghen - His captain has described him as world class after returning to the side against Hull City last weekend. He can do his bit this weekend by helping the home side shut out Everton in their bid to take all three points, and take a step towards the Champions League places.

Gerard Deulofeu - The young Spaniard has been terrific for Everton when he's played so far this season, and he could return from injury this weekend, probably at the right time Roberto Martinez's men. Can he come up with a crucial moment to turn the game the visitors' way?

Paulinho - Spurs are coming up against a pretty strong midfield, meaning Paulinho is going to have to be on his game this weekend in order to win a crucial battle in the middle of the park. He certainly has the qualities to trouble Everton, so an interesting midfield battle awaits.

Earlier on in the season

Everton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur, November 2013

This wasn't the best of the games as both sides passed up on the opportunity to go second in the table with the only real notable chances being a miss from Roberto Soldado from an Aaron Lennon cross, and an Everton penalty appeal which was waved away when Seamus Coleman went down under a challenge from Jan Vertonghen. The game's main talking paint was when Romelu Lukaku collided with Hugo Lloris, unfortunately with the Spurs goalkeeper's head to be more precise. Unbelievably, after being knocked unconscious, the Frenchman played the remainder of the game, despite substitute keeper Brad Friedel being stripped and ready to come on.

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