White Hart Lane, London
Sunday, 30th November, 16:00 GMT
Tottenham Hotspurs host Everton on Sunday in a bid to overtake The Toffees in the league. Spurs come into this game on the back of a successful 1-0 victory against Partizan Belgrade which saw them progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League. Tottenham are not in very good form as the London-based club have lost 3 and won 3 of their last 6 league games. The most worrying fact is that 2 of the 3 defeats came at home. However, Pochettino’s men will be determined to win the three points against the Merseyside opponents as a victory will take them seventh in the league table, level on points with Arsenal.
Away from home, Everton have the task of overcoming a Tottenham side that has won 5 of their last 6 games in all competitions. Everton themselves are on a good run as Martinez’s men haven’t seen a defeat in their last 8 games in all competitions, conceding only three goals in this run. Everton have also secured a place in the Europa League knockout round after beating Wolfsburg 2-0 at home. A victory against Tottenham at the White Hart Lane will see Everton rise to seventh in the Premier League table, level on points with Arsenal and closer to the top-6.
Pochettino’s men go into this fixture on the back of a home win in the Europa League. However, they have had little time to rest on their laurels and there may be cases of tiredness nearing the end of the game. Pochettino is without right-back Kyle Naughton as the defender is serving the last of his 3-match suspension, while Kyle Walker hasn’t reached full fitness yet. Tottenham could be without Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend and Danny Rose through injury.
Probable Line-Up (4-2-3-1) – Lloris; Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Dembele, Paulinho; Lenno Eriksen, Lamela; Kane;
Everton have also won their mid-week Europa League home fixture albeit against tougher opponents, Wolfsburg. The Toffees have had equal period of time to catch up on their breath and come into this game in better form, as they are unbeaten in their last eight fixtures. Martinez will be without John Stones, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo who are out with injuries. Everton will assess midfielder James McCarthy’s hamstring injury, while Steven Naismith, Steven Pienaar, Gareth Barry and Leighton Baines could return.
Probable Line-Up (4-2-3-1) – Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Barry, Osman; Barkley, Mirallas, Naismith; Lukaku;
Tottenham 1-2 Everton
It will be a tough match-up between the two teams on Sunday who have more or less had a similar journey in the season so far. The match is bound to be a close one as both teams want to get closer to the top-6. However, Everton have the edge as the Merseyside club have been in good form recently. It will be a question of who wants it more and who gives their maximum on the pitch to win this one.