Tottenham Hotspur take on Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon as the North London outfit look to put away a high flying Everton side as they bid to make a late assault on Chelsea’s title charge.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side have enjoyed another relatively successful season under the Argentine’s tutelage, with his club currently sitting 2nd in the table on 53 points after 26 matches. Despite such a positive Premier League position, they trail leaders Chelsea by 10 points, meaning any slip ups could mean it is curtains on any late title aspirations.
Everton meanwhile go into Sunday’s clash on the back of great form, having not tasted defeat in the Premier League under Ronald Koeman’s management since December 19 – a run of nine matches. Such form is in stark juxtaposition to the darker days of Koeman’s reign throughout the autumn, having lost four from seven Premier League matches between October 22 and December 10.
Last time out for Spurs they hammered Stoke City 4-0, having plundered all four inside the first half, with Harry Kane bagging a hat-trick to bring his season tally up to 17 league goals for the season, with 22 in all competitions. Comparatively Everton will equally be confident of finding success through their Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku.
Indeed, Lukaku has scored 17 goals in the Premier League too, scoring on average every 128 minutes, compared to Kane’s average of a goal every 106 minutes. Both forward lead the line well for their sides, promising viewers of Sunday’s clash a particularly interesting dynamic in terms of attacking play. Mauricio Pochettino is sweating on the fitness of duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen after both came off against Stoke at the weekend. The Spurs boss, though, will definitely be without Danny Rose and Erik Lamela. Barring the fitness of the Belgian defensive duo, Pochettino could name the same XI that secured a 4-0 win over Stoke last Sunday.
Everton meanwhile go into Sunday clash without long-term injured pair Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic for the trip to White Hart Lane. Elsewhere, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a doubt for the away side with a foot problem. However, Koeman could name an unchanged XI from the side that overcame Sunderland last time out.
It seems increasingly clear that this match will be a draw, with the possibility of goals highly likely. Spurs go into the match on the back of eight consecutive Premier League victories on home soil, however they have drawn against Everton in their last three matches in all competitions.
Everton meanwhile have kept a clean sheet in five of their previous seven Premier League matches. Also of note, Spurs have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight home matches. Although there are signs that defences could be prominent on Sunday, the attacking prowess of the aforementioned Lukaku and Kane cannot be denied, indicating goals are afoot.