Everton faces a stiff test at home at Goodison Park on Sunday December 9 when they host Tottenham Hotspur in an intriguing English Premier League contest. Spurs will enter the weekend in fourth place in the table, which means they hang on to the last Champions League berth. Everton is also fighting for that spot and come into the game in seventh place.
Spurs have 26 points after 15 games from eight wins, two draws and five defeats. They’ve scored 28 goals and allowed 23 against on the way. They have three straight wins in the league and also beat Panathinaikos 3-1 in the Europa League during the week to progress to the next stage of the tournament. Everton is three points and three spots back with 23 points from five wins, eight draws, and two losses. They’ve scored 25 goals and let 19 in so far this season.
In their last five meetings, Spurs and Everton have beaten each other twice and the fifth game ended in a draw. Spurs go into the game with four wins and a draw in their last five matches overall while Everton has just one win and one loss with the other three contests being in draws. But each time Everton draws a match, they need to realize they’re dropping a pair of points and it’s very hard to move up the table when doing this. A prime example was their 1-1 draw at Man city last weekend and seven of their last nine games have been stalemates. They’ve won just once in those nine contests.
Manager David Moyes will be missing team captain Phil Neville as he’s suffering from a serious knee injury. It also looks like forwards Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe will also have to miss the game due to their hamstring injuries. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has to make do without the services of winger Gareth Bale as he was injured in their 3-0 victory against Fulham a week ago. There’s a chance that midfielder Scott Parker could make his first appearance of the season after recovering from his Achilles injury and defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto could make it back after being out long term with a knee injury. Defender Michael Dawson will be a game time decision while Younes Kaboul will probably be out until January.
Everton hasn’t been beaten by Spurs at home since back in 2007 so this should give them a bit of confidence. They will need a big game out of Croatian international Nikica Jelavic who has been struggling a bit lately. He has five goals so far this campaign, but they’ve all come against bottom-six teams. Tottenham needs the points as they’re in a dogfight with London neighbours Arsenal and Chelsea for the last Champions League spot. If Everton want to take it they have to start earning wins in games like this.
Both teams have the potential to score plenty of goals, but it looks like Spurs are in better form and they should leave Goodison with a win or draw.
Sportsbook William Hill has the latest odds of an Everton win at 19/20 with a Tottenham victory at 13/5 and a draw at 5/2.