Everton's Lukaku vs Tottenham's Kane: One ahead of the other in four key areas

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Everton take on Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday.

Everton host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in a Premier League match which both teams will want to win in order to finish the season on a high after a somewhat disappointing campaign.

The Toffees head into the encounter having won six of their previous nine league matches, although their good run doesn’t mask what has been a struggle for Roberto Martinez’s side this season.

On the other hand, Spurs were on course for a fine season in early spring, but their League Cup final defeat to Chelsea prompted a disappointing end to the campaign.

Defensively, both teams have struggled over the past nine months and Sunday’s encounter could be enthralling for the neutrals with strikers Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku eager for goals.

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameHeaders won per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Harry Kane 20 4 3.15 0.82 1.42 2.97 19.18 33
Romelu Lukaku 10 5 2.97 1.03 1.66 1.91 19.31 35

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the duo have posed differing problems for defenders but with one common outcome – they both contribute heavily to goals.

England international Kane has been a revelation for Spurs this season, scoring a remarkable 20 goals including a double in the North London derby victory over Arsenal.

Aside from his goals, the youngster is a busy character in the final third and has averaged 3.15 shots and 2.97 ball recoveries per Premier League encounter

Lukaku hasn’t been quite as prolific on Merseyside, but the Belgian international is seemingly more creative than his opposite number and more dominant in the air.

At just 22, the former Chelsea striker still has plenty of time on his side to prove why the Toffees spent so heavily to sign him permanently in the summer of 2014 and why he has the potential to become one of Europe’s best.

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