Tottenham had a wonderful Christmas and are once more looking strong in the race to secure a top four finish. After suffering elimination in the FA Cup at the first hurdle, Everton have only pride to play for and are likely to face a long and miserable afternoon at Wembley.
Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:
These two sides stood relatively equal not long ago, but now Tottenham are light years ahead of Everton, and recent history shows this. Everton have not beaten Tottenham since a dramatic injury time comeback to win 2-1 at Goodison Park in December 2012.
For the Toffees, the wait for an away win at Tottenham may well continue, with November 2008 being the last time Everton won in North London. Of the ever-present Premier League (PL) teams, only the grounds of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have proven more troublesome in terms of Everton going winless at particular venues.
Both teams are PL ‘ever presents’, and while Everton have never completed a league double over Tottenham, this match represents a good opportunity for Tottenham to do the ‘double’ over Everton for a seventh time in 26 seasons.
Overall, Tottenham’s record against Everton stands at W65, D54, L55. Though Tottenham are heavy favourites, Mauricio Pochettino has recently bemoaned his side’s lack of a ‘killer’ touch. In the aftermath of a 1-1 home draw with West Ham in the last league match, he said: “We created a lot of chances, we weren’t clinical in front of goal and we paid in the end.”
Players to watch: Tottenham’s Harry Kane is an obvious danger man for this game. Kane scored twice in September’s reverse fixture, with Christian Eriksen netting the other. Eriksen’s rate of assists per game stands at 0.27, only marginally bested by Dele Alli (0.29) in a very strong final third. For Everton, Cenk Tosun is primed to make his debut for the Merseysiders.
Stat attack: Back in September, Tottenham ran out 3-0 victors at Goodison Park, but such thrashings are rare these days. All of the 11 matches played between the sides – spanning March 2012 to March 2017 – either ended level or were settled by a single goal.
Tottenham: T. Alderweireld (thigh injury), D. Rose (knee injury), H. Winks (doubtful)
Everton: L. Baines (calf injury), S. Coleman (broken leg), R. Mori (knee injury), M. Keane (doubtful), M. Stekelenburg (doubtful).