Tottenham - Everton Preview: Champions League-chasing pair after vital victory
The visitors are looking for their fourth successive win in the league as they challenge for European qualification, whilst Spurs look to overcome the absence of star Gareth Bale
By Tom Davis
Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Sigurdsson, Parker, Livermore, Dembele
Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin
Coleman, Gibson, Mirallas, Osman, Baines
Andre Villas-Boas will be without key man Gareth Bale, who sustained an ankle injury during the club's Europa League draw with Basel and is expected to miss the next two games at a minimum.
The Spurs manager is likely to also contend with the absences of Aaron Lennon (knee) and William Gallas (calf) who also suffered injuries during Thursday's clash at White Hart Lane.
England international Jermain Defoe is still two weeks away from returning from a groin injury, whilst Younes Kaboul (knee) has only returned returned to first-team training following a seven-month absence and Sandro (knee) is ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Everton manager David Moyes will again prepare his team without right-back Tony Hibbert who misses out with a calf injury, whilst Kevin Mirallas is hoping to shake off a groin problem.
Midfield pairing Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar are set to complete two-match bans and will return for the home tie with QPR the following week.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Tottenham have lost more Premier League matches in the month of April than any other team - 35 in total.
- Andre Villas-Boas (pictured right) is two wins games away from his 100th career victory in management.
- Along with Swansea City, Tottenham are the only side in the league not to score a goal from a penalty kick.
- Spurs have scored at least two goals in five of their last six Premier League games.
- Everton are currently on a run which has seen them win three consecutive league games for the first time since January 2010.
- David Moyes' side have been leading at half-time in each of their last three wins, but are looking to claim victory at White Hart Lane for the first time since 2008.
- If the Toffees claim victory on Sunday, it will be their 600th away win in league football. Everton are 9/1 to beat Tottenham 1-0 with bet365.
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Top 3 Predictions
Tottenham 2-1 Everton
- 15.85 %
Tottenham 1-2 Everton
- 15.22 %
Tottenham 2-0 Everton
- 11.35 %
|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|
|19 Apr 2014||Tottenham 3 - Fulham 1||EPL|
|12 Apr 2014||West Bromwich Albion 3 - Tottenham 3||EPL|
|7 Apr 2014||Tottenham 5 - Sunderland 1||EPL|
|30 Mar 2014||Liverpool 4 - Tottenham 0||EPL|
|23 Mar 2014||Tottenham 3 - Southampton 2||EPL|
Emmanuel Adebayor has scored only two league goals this season and may struggle to find the net again against an Everton side likely to field three centre-backs. However, a positive display as the club’s only fit striker could go a long way in cementing his future at White Hart Lane.
Kevin Mirallas' season has been blighted by injury so far, but after being encouraged by manager David Moyes to reproduce the form that saw him score 34 goals in two seasons at Olympiakos, the winger looks have a key role to play in Everton's push for European football. With key duo Fellaini and Pienaar out suspended, his creativity in midfield will be even more pivotal.
Spurs contested in the Europa League on Thursday and with top goalscorer Gareth Bale out injured as a result, they may struggle to find goals. Everton, on the other hand, are on a fine run of form and could sneak a vital win in their bid for European football.
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