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  • 10 March 2012
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Distin, Heitinga, Baines
Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Drenthe
Cahill
Stracqualursi
TOTTENHAM

Friedel
Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto
Kranjcar, Parker, Modric, Bale
Van der Vaart
Adebayor

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.

Players to watch

R. Drenthe

Position: Midfielder

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The Real Madrid loanee has impressed during his spell on Merseyside, contributing three goals and five assists in 17 Premier League appearances.

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.

R. van der Vaart

Position: Midfielder

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Despite not being as prominent as last season, the Dutchman has still notched up nine goals and four assists in 25 appearances this season.

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.

Editor's Prediction

Everton are currently enjoying their annual upturn in form after the turn of the year, and are on a great run at the moment. Following two defeats on the trot, confidence may have taken a knock at Spurs, but there is no denying that they have a stronger squad than Moyes’ men. The Toffees are always tough to beat on their own patch so a draw may be the most likely outcome.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Tottenham Hotspur

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
40%
47%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
2 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Everton FC EVE
1 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Everton FC EVE
1 - 3
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT

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