White Hart Lane
Sunday 9th February, 13:30 GMT
This Super Sunday a battle at the foot of the Champion’s League Mountain ensues. Everton who sit in 5th place visit North London to go head to head against Tottenham Hotspurs who lag by just a point. A win would launch one of them closer to contending for the coveted Champions League Spot. Who will emerge victorious and who will sink into the depths of the mid table.
In the last 5 games played in the Premier League, Tottenham has managed to rake up three wins one draw and a loss (10 points). Tim Sherwood was having an undefeated run in the league until the match against Manchester City brought it to a halt. Spurs have now got back onto their horse and narrowly managed a draw against Hull. This game against Everton now gives Spurs a platform to get back to winning ways and portray why they shouldn’t be written off as one of the contenders for the Sport to Europe.
Everton on the other hand, in their last five premier league fixtures have managed 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss (8 points). Although in the last five games they have fared a shade worse than their opponents they are a point ahead and will look to leave Spurs biting the dust and continue their eternal rivalry with their Mersyside neighbours Liverpool. Roberto Martinez’s men are on a high returning from a narrow win at Villa Park, they will look to better their win streak against Tottenham who’s defensive woe’s continue and ensure this fixture gives them an easy three points.
Team tactics and Line-ups
Tottenham have a breath of fresh air with a lot of players returning from injury and suspension. Lloris will be at goal as usual. The most consistent center half pair for Spurs Vertonghen and Dawson will be picked and Rose and Walker will occupy either side as full backs. The return of Vertonghen saw the spurs defense strengthen tenfold and also saw Dawson more comfortable like a husband with his perfect wife. Rose who returns from a red card suspension will look to redeem himself by putting up a solid performance.
Sherwood may plan to resort to a 4-4-2 formation so that they approach Everton head on. With Paulinho back from injury he will find himself in central midfield alongside the youngster Bentaleb, with the latter playing a more defensive role. On the left Eriksen would fancy himself cutting in taking shots and playing his wizard like through balls and creating chances for the strikers. On the right Lennon would be allowed to hug the touch line and provide his share of crosses and give Baines a tough time with his pace. Dembele and Townsend are said to make their return but will most probably be seen on the bench.
The Striking pair of Adebayor and Soldado will be the obvious choice. Sherwood will be looking to ensure to get the best out of Adebayor who’s new found form needs much motivation and hope Soldado regains his game as soon as possible. The striking pair have worked well together in the past games under the manager and Soldado will look to increase his goal tally.
Probable Line-up: Lloris; Rose, Vertonghen, Dawson, Walker; Eriksen, Paulinho, Bentaleb, Lennon; Adebayor, Soldado.
Martinez will have the ever reliable Howard at goal. With the center half partnership of Jagielka and Distin, The trio will form a tough wall in front of the goal and give the Tottenham strikers much to deal with. Returning from injury, Stones’ dismal performance might leave him out and Seamus Coleman might find himself in the starting lineup; the ever reliable Baines on the left will be left to deal with the Spurs wingers at their full back positions.
Unlike his counterpart Sherwood, Martinez will look to send out a 5 man midfield due to lack of a striker from injuries. Gareth Barry has looked very promising this season for the Toffee’s. His physical presence will be a source of comfort to the team and will be placed alongside James McCarthy. Pienaar’s exceptional second half against Villa might earn him a spot on the left of the three advanced midfield. Osman in the center playing the number 10 role and on the right Aiden McGeady would ensure strong spells of possession.
With Lukaku injured and Traore although set to return for the fixture might be doubtful of being handed a start, Kevin Mirallas will be set to play a lone striker role ahead of the midfield trio and ensure his runs and passing will aid him to better his goal tally.
Probable Line up: Howard; Baines, Distin, Jagielka, Coleman; Barry, McCarthy; Pienaar, Osman, McGeady; Mirallas.
Player to watch
After ensuring 3 points for his club from a stunner of a free kick, Kevin Mirallas would be a threat to the Tottenham Defense as he would trouble the center halves with his dribbling ability. Failure to mark him would result in a disastrous end for Spurs.
- Everton are the most fouled side in the Premier League
- Spurs have won just 2 of their in the League Against Everton
- Baines is yet to achieve an assist this season, whereas Howard has one.
Tottenham 2 -2 Everton
With both teams equally driven for a win we are going to witness a game close two hungry lion’s fight for a piece of meat. Both sides have enough fire power to score and an equally average defense; it could all but end in a double goal draw, with Mirallas and Adebayor trying to outscore each other.