Tottenham travel to Merseyside this weekend as the Premier League comes to its inevitable conclusion.
It has been a mixed season for Mauricio Pochettino with many positives to note. With ‘one of our own’ achieving vast success, a place in the Capital One Cup final and the emergence of multiple young talents, the future looks bright for Tottenham Hotspur.
Venue: Goodison Park
Television Coverage: Not televised
Stats (via BBC Sport)
Tottenham are winless in their last seven league matches at Goodison Park since a 2-1 victory in February 2007. However, Spurs have won 21 Premier League matches against Everton, more than versus any other side.
Tottenham have won on the final day in each of the last four seasons, the best current run in the Premier League. They won for only the second time in seven matches by beating Hull last weekend. Spurs have 60 points or more for the sixth consecutive Premier League season, after achieving this only four times in their first 17 attempts.
Harry Kane must score to equal the club’s Premier League record for most goals in a single season – 21 by Teddy Sheringham in 1992-93, Juergen Klinsmann in 1994-95 and Gareth Bale in 2012-13. If the retiring Brad Friedel is involved, aged 44 years and six days, he will become the oldest player in Premier League history, eclipsing the record set 20 years ago by fellow goalkeeper John Burridge.
Everton, currently 10th in the league table, have not finished in the bottom half since 2005-06. Roberto Martinez’s side are 22 points worse off than after 37 matches of last season. The Toffees have won six of their last seven final-day games, including the last four at home.
They have only conceded nine goals in their last 15 league fixtures at Goodison Park and kept six home clean sheets in 2015, a joint-league high with Arsenal and West Brom. Everton have made a league-high 15 errors directly leading to goals in 2014-15.
Mauricio Pochettino confirmed this week that goalkeeper Michel Vorm is a doubt to face the Toffees though illness. This could give Brad Friedel the chance to be involved in the match-day squad. Kyle Walker (foot) and Ben Davies (shoulder) remain injured, with Emmanuel Adebayor once again on compassionate leave.
Starting XI – Lloris, Dier, Vertonghen, Fazio, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane
Score – Everton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur