Tottenham travel to Merseyside for a difficult game against top-four chasing opponents Everton under Roberto Martinez, a man that AVB couldn’t beat last season at Wigan Athletic. This game is sure to be end-to-end and a real battle with Romelu Lukaku in fine form for the Toffees.
Spurs come off the back of a difficult venture in the Premier League last Sunday against Hull. Despite winning 1-0, Tottenham were not on fine form however after overcoming the Tigers on penalties in midweek in the League cup, spirits are sure to be high after claiming their first shootout win since 1994. Everton however claimed a comfortable win away at Aston Villa. The 2-0 victory over Lambert’s side was met with another goal from the Belgian beast Lukaku and meant that Everton continued the strong tally of performances under their new boss.
Tottenham have won only two of their last 12 Premier League games against Everton (W2, D5, L5). The Toffees won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season thanks to stoppage time goals by Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic. Tottenham lost only two of their first 15 Premier League games at Goodison Park, but have not won in the last six (D3, L3). Everton are unbeaten at home this season in all competitions (W4, D1). After drawing their opening three Premier League games, the Toffees have won five of their last six and have earned more points after conceding the first goal (four) than any other Premier League team this term. Loanee Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea has scored five goals in his last five league games for Everton with Kevin Mirallas claiming a Premier League-high of four assists this season.
No side has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than Tottenham (6). Spurs’ tally of 19 points after nine games represents their best-ever Premier League start. Tottenham have won four games 1-0 this season, matching their total from last season. Three of Roberto Soldado’s four Premier League goals have come from the penalty spot – Spurs didn’t win a single penalty last term.
Only Hull (seven) have scored fewer goals among top-half teams than Tottenham (nine). Youngster Andros Townsend has had 22 shots from outside the box this season, only one fewer than Hull have had in total.
On the injury front, Everton striker Arouna Kone will miss the match due a knee injury, while John Heitinga is set to return to the squad after the defender missed the last two matches with a muscle problem. Spurs defender Danny Rose will miss out with a foot injury, although Andros Townsend is expected to play after recovering from a nasty fall sustained during the match against Hull last weekend. AVB confirmed that Younes Kaboul has a chance of featuring in the lineup this weekend.
Predicted Lineup: Lloris, Walker, Kaboul, Dawson, Vertonghen; Sandro, Paulinho, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Soldado.
Predicted score: Everton 2-1 Tottenham (Sigurdsson)