Everton - Tottenham Preview: Hosts unbeaten in their last eight games
The Toffees are climbing up the table after an impressive run of form and will be looking to add Spurs to scalps already claimed this season. Watch it live on ESPN this Saturday
By Alex Young
Hibbert, Distin, Heitinga, Baines
Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Drenthe
Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto
Kranjcar, Parker, Modric, Bale
Van der Vaart
Expect David Moyes to continue with Everton's 4-4-1-1 formation, with Tim Cahill sitting in the hole behind Denis Stracqualursi.
Steven Pienaar, on loan from Tottenham, is ineligible, so Leon Osman will most likely come in on the right, with Royston Drenthe operating on the opposite flank. Phil Jagielka is fit again, but Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga are likely to continue in defence, with Tony Hibbert on the right and Leighton Baines on the left.
Spurs have leaked nine goals in their last three matches and the news that Michael Dawson has been ruled out for the remainder of the season will be a bitter blow for Harry Redknapp.
In addition to Dawson, Aaron Lennon suffered a hamstring injury during the FA Cup tie and will miss the game. They join David Bentley (knee), Jermaine Jenas (Achilles), and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) on the treatment table, but while Louis Saha (knee) could return against his former side, Moyes has claimed that he has a "gentlemen's agreement" with Redknapp that the Frenchman will not play against his old side.
Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to come in for Jermain Defoe despite the latter's goalscoring exploits in the FA Cup in midweek.
||DID YOU KNOW|
- Everton are unbeaten in their last eight matches.
- The Toffees have conceded 28 goals this season, a record bettered by just three clubs: Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.
- Everton have won just one of the last seven matches at Goodison Park against Tottenham.
- Tottenham have beaten Everton 19 times in Premier League history, more often than any other team apart from Man City (also 19).
- Spurs have only lost on three of their 19 visits to Goodison Park in the Premier League era.
- Jermain Defoe (pictured right) has scored more goals as a substitute than any other player in Premier League history, with 19.
- The Toffees have scored the highest percentage of second-half goals in the Premier League this season (70 per cent). Everton are 11/2 with William Hill to be drawing at half-time and winning at full-time.
|William Hill: £25 in free bets|
|Sign up with bet365 for a 100% deposit bonus up to £200|
|Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
Top 3 Predictions
Everton 2-1 Tottenham
- 19.86 %
Everton 1-2 Tottenham
- 15.28 %
Everton 1-3 Tottenham
- 9.17 %
|Premier League (EPL)||9 Feb 2014||Tottenham 1 - Everton 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||3 Nov 2013||Everton 0 - Tottenham 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||7 Apr 2013||Tottenham 2 - Everton 2|
|Premier League (EPL)||9 Dec 2012||Everton 2 - Tottenham 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||10 Mar 2012||Everton 1 - Tottenham 0|
|16 Apr 2014||Everton 2 - Crystal Palace 3||EPL|
|12 Apr 2014||Sunderland 0 - Everton 1||EPL|
|6 Apr 2014||Everton 3 - Arsenal FC 0||EPL|
|30 Mar 2014||Fulham 1 - Everton 3||EPL|
|25 Mar 2014||Newcastle United 0 - Everton 3||EPL|
|23||Rafael van der Vaart||Midfielder|
With Bale under the spotlight on Spurs' left wing, Drenthe has the ability to shine equally as well with his knack of cutting inside and testing goalkeepers from range.
Steven Pienaar is ineligible to play against his parent club so the 24-year-old will be relied upon even more to bring an attacking threat down the wing.
|Rafael van der Vaart|
With Bale and Adebayor grabbing the headlines this term, it is time for Van der Vaart to steal the show like he did on many occasions last season. With Drenthe and Baines his opposition on Saturday, he will need to be at his best.