The chase for fourth, or maybe fifth, is heating up. Tottenham and Everton come together Sunday 9 February at 13:30.
Last time these two met it was nil nil, so not really worthy of a highlights reel. In fact the only interest in the match was Lloris staying on the pitch after being knocked unconscious after challenging for a ball with Lukaku.
Form wise, Spurs have, bar the drubbing they received from Manchester City, been in good form. Importantly, the wins have come with a better scoring rate, something that was a real problem under Villas Boas.
This match against Everton is going to be a great measure of how far Spurs can go. To keep pace with Liverpool (who ran out five-one winners against top of the table Arsenal in the early kick off on Saturday), they really need to win.
Everton have also been in great form, picking up wins and points consistently all season. They, like Spurs, are also recovering from a demoralising beating, even more so given it was in the Merseyside derby.
Losing Lukaku for much of the rest of the season will be a blow, but they recovered from one nil down to beat Villa last time out and should have a fit and firing Lacina Traore ready to make his debut.
Both teams have some issues, but are trying to get on a run after chastening defeats. Injuries are going to stretch Everton’s small squad, and Spurs (despite being two points better off than they were at this stage last season) are going to be classed as underachievers if they’re £100 million player investment in the summer doesn’t equate to at least 4th in the league.
A draw might be a fair result for two evenly matched teams, but that would not keep them in step with the teams above them, or indeed Manchester Utd who'll be looking to close the gap in their evening kick off at home to bottom club Fulham.
If you’re looking for omens, Spurs have only won two of their last 13 Premier League fixtures against Everton, and Everton have conceded more penalties this season (six) than any other team in the Premier League.
In terms of the odds, Spurs are the 6/5 favourites with Coral, while Everton are available at 11/4 with Ladbrokes, and the draw is widely available at 5/2.
Favourites in the first scorer markets are Soldado and Adabayor, both available at 13/2 with PaddyPower and BWin respectively. That’s right, Soldado, scorer of a mighty 5 league goals this season, is the favourite in the market based purely on the fact that he takes the penalties at Spurs.
Worth noting is that Kevin Mirallas has scored in three of his last four appearances, including the winner against Villa last week, so might be worth an anytime goal scorer punt at 11/4 with William Hill.
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