Date: Sunday, 3rd November
Tottenham face a tough challenge against Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon at the start of what will be a testing month for the club. Spurs’ record shows that they have lost on their last three visits and haven’t taken the three points since February, 2007.
Kick-off Time: 1.30pm (UK time)
TV Channel: SkySport
HotspurHQ Twitteresque reports:
Bale was out injured. Dempsey scored in 2nd half, Sigurdsson then hit bar but Everton scored twice in 90 secs in added time to grab victory.
Berbatov put Spurs ahead in first half but Everton equalised before interval. Jenas scored a last minute winner.
Roberto Martinez has maintained Everton’s reputation for being a hard-working and difficult team to beat since replacing David Moyes in the summer. They are 7th in the Premier League table one place and one point behind Spurs. They have suffered only one League defeat this season, losing 3 – 1 at Manchester City at the beginning of last month. At home they have dropped only one point at in a scoreless draw against West Brom in Martinez’s first game at Goodison. Since then they have recorded victories over Chelsea (1 – 0), Newcastle (3 – 2) and Hull (2 – 1). Last weekend Everton won 2 – 0 at Aston Villa with two goals in the final 22 minutes from Lukaku and Leon Osman while goalkeeper Tim Howard had saved a penalty in an impressive display.
The acquisition of Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea for the season has been an added bonus and provided Everton with a striker with power, threat and goals. He has scored 5 goals for them in all competitions with Leighton Baines being their next scorer with 2 goals along with Ross Barkley. Spurs will have to be wary conceding free-kicks in dangerous position with Baines’ accuracy from set-pieces and of the jinx of the former player scoring against them. Steven Pienaar who scored the first goal in Everton’s fightback last season had a habit of scoring against Spurs even before his move to White hart Lane.
Spurs will be without Danny Rose who will not be back until after the next international break. Andre Villas-Boas will probably select the team which he has used in the League matches throughout the season, so far, with only minor alterations. If fit, Younes Kaboul might be considered in central defence to combat the strength and power of Lukaku but who would be left out? Vertonghen will probably continue at left back.
There could be a doubt over Andros Townsend’s fitness after breaking two bones in his wrist last weekend although the young winger wants to play. Gylfi Sigurdsson could be included to provide a greater strength and work rate on the left of midfield.
Tottenham are again having to play ‘catch-up’ on the teams above them with another Sunday game. this is an added pressure but a win at Goodison Park would have a three-fold benefit – it would reduce the gap on the clubs above them, it would dent Everton’s ambitions and set a marker that Spurs can produce a result against an in-form team who are challenging for a top finish.
It would also end Spurs’ run of three consecutive defeats at Everton and avenge last year’s disappointment in the corresponding game. Spurs are due a win over Everton as they have achieved only two wins in 12 League games since that success in 2007.