Match Preview, Everton vs Tottenham.

Match: Sunday 3rd November 2013. Kick off 1:30pm. Live on Sky Sports 1 from 12:30pm.

Premier League

An exciting game in prospect, two teams who are fighting to get top four, both having very good starts to the season. Last time out in the Premier League, we scraped past a very resilient Hull City side at White Hart Lane 1-0, an uninspiring performance to say the least, but another three points and clean sheet that sits us in fourth place with nine games gone. We then faced up against Hull again in Capital One Cup, drawing 2-2 after extra time, winning 8-7 on penalties, another poor performance, but it wasn’t our first team, although a strong team, there was 8 changes from the game against Hull in the PL. It’s a very different proposition on Sunday, Everton will be playing a totally different game to that of Hull, more expansive, so you can expect a more open game, hopefully this gives more space to our creative players, and gives Soldado some more chances up front. Away from home we’ve been impressive, hopefully we can continue our great results at Goodison, but it’ll be a very difficult game for sure.

Everton have extremely talented individual players, with the players coming together to create a team able to challenge for the top four. I think the Toffees lack depth in their squad so will find it difficult later on in the season when injuries could strike, but their team can challenge any other team in the top six. They have started the season on fire, being the only team that is unbeaten at home in the League, sitting in sixth place, level on points with fifth place Southampton, two points ahead of Manchester City in seventh and four points ahead of the Champions Manchester United. They sit only one point behind Spurs in fourth, so it’s going to be a very interesting game! Their main threat is no doubt Romelu Lukaku, the big Belgian has had a stunning start to his Everton loan period from Chelsea, scoring five goals in five apperances, it’s going to be a miracle if we can stop him. Other than Lukaku, Everton have former Spur Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas and Leighton Baines to help provide creativity and goals. Very tough game indeed!

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We need big performances from the team on Sunday, defensively, it will be our biggest test away from home, so concentration levels have got to be as high as possible, no mistakes, otherwise we will get punished. Andros Townsend has been a big player for us this season, and we need him to be on top form again as he faces up against one of the best left backs in the League, Leighton Baines. A tasty battle between the two English team mates. Massive game for our creative force, including Townsend, they need to create more opportunities for Soldado who has been starved of service, so Eriksen or Holtby, whoever starts, needs to up their game! Aaron Lennon needs to use his pace and width to our advantage, and get to the byline and get crosses into the box, and that’s the same with Townsend, switching wings and making it difficult for the full backs is what I want to see. Moving the ball quickly is key in this game, we’ve been too slow so far this season, so getting the ball to our creative players more quickly on the counter is important. Our best player at this, in my opinion, is Capoue, he breaks up the play superbly and his passing is very good, he’s back from injury, and I’d like him to start this game. Danny Rose is still out with injury, so Vertonghen will be needed at left back, which is disappointing, but Jan is more than capable. Nacer Chadli, Zeki Fryers and Emmanuel Adebayor are also out of the game, with Kyle Naughton a doubt. Andros Townsend is fit after his heavy fall against Hull, and Younes Kaboul and Capoue are available, although Younes isn’t expected to play as he played 120 minutes in the Capital One Cup. Paulinho played 120 mins also against Hull, and looked absolutely shattered during the game, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him rested.

Match Stats and Facts provided by FourFourTwo

– Everton have taken 28 points from their last 10 Premier League home games.

– Tottenham have won four games by one goal to nil in the Premier League this season, equalling their total from last season.

– Tottenham lost only two of their first 15 Premier League games at Goodison Park but have won none of the last six (D3 L3).

– Spurs last scored more than twice at Goodison Park in a league game back in August 1984 (W 4-1). They have played 28 games there since.

– Andros Townsend has had 22 shots from outside the box this season, only one fewer than Hull City have in total.

– Spurs have scored more penalties than any other side in the top-flight this season (3).

– No player has assisted more Premier League goals than Kevin Mirallas (4) this season.

– Tottenham have played more long passes than any Premier League side this season (557).

– Everton have made more last-man tackles (7) than any other side.

– Tottenham are yet to concede a goal to a non-London side in the Premier League this season.

My preferred team to face Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Vertonghen
Dembele – Capoue
Townsend – Holtby – Lennon
Soldado

A big game! You can follow my twitter, @AddictedtoSpurs, for updates during the game, videos of the goals, and pictures. Let’s get revenge on Halloween after our horror show last year against Everton. COYS!!

Andre Villas Boas ahead of our game with Everton:

Match Preview, Everton vs Tottenham

This game is going to be one of the toughest of our season, every team that travels to Goodison Park feels lucky to get a point and ecstatic to get a win. Everton have been in really good form this season, which is uncharacteristic for them as they usually storm the last parts of the season, not the first parts of it. Key to Everton’s success is Marouane Fellaini, his strength and skill is fantastic and he causes problems for any team he faces, we will not be an exception. Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic are also key to Everton, Baines’ crossing is spot on and he provides the spark in their game, Jelavic is the finisher, he can turn a half chance into a goal in an instant, a very dangerous player.

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Sandro is playing extremely well at the moment, he will be very important for us against Everton as he might have the task of suppressing Fellaini, this will be a crucial battle, and whoever wins might just win the game. Not a lot of people can out strength or out play Sandro, but this will be Sandro’s biggest test. Not having arguably our best player in Gareth Bale is detrimental to our chances of winning the game, but we still have enough quality in our side to put in a stellar performance. I hope that we can get at least a point from this match, but a win would be tremendous. COYS!!

My preferred team to face Everton:
Lloris
Walker – Caulker – Vertonghen – Naughton
Lennon – Dembele – Sandro – Dempsey
Defoe – Adebayor

Where do Tottenham need to Strengthen in January?

It may be a bit early to be talking about transfer rumours, but on my viewing of the team so far this season, I think there are a few places in the squad where we need to strengthen. I think we have a great squad of players with tremendous talent, but new signings are needed in January. The striker position is very important, we have been saying for a while now that we need to spend quite a bit of money on a top class striker, and so far quick-fix solutions have been made instead. A couple of strikers have been talked about, but the top three for me is Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao, Loic Remy from Marseille, and Dieumerci Mbokani from Anderlecht. The Llorente transfer has been talked about for almost 2 years, but nothing substantial has occurred with his potential move to the lane; the major issue, as always with Spurs, is the price tag. Llorente is big and powerful, but he is extremely good with his feet for someone who is 6ft 4, he’s a natural poacher and I think if we could make this transfer finally happen, we could have one of the best attacks in Europe. Loic Remy, I’ve watched this guy for Marseille and he’s tall, quick and a natural goalscorer. Remy is also versatile, he can play on the right wing, left wing and through the middle; from 2010 to now he has scored 27 goals for Marseille in 60 appearances. This transfer surely has to be in the mind of AVB and Daniel Levy. Dieumerci Mbokani may be new to the ears of most Spurs fans, but I can assure you he is of the highest quality. This guy is extremely strong, he has good pace and is a top finisher. He comes from the same club as Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea (loan to West Brom), and is a very similar player, but with the quality to be in our starting line up. Mbokani is 28, he may not be young but he is in the peak of his career and in the Belgium League is one of, if not the best striker in Belgium at the moment.

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Another area in which we may need to strengthen is the left back slot. There is only one player that I think is good enough to take Assou-Ekotto out of the team and that is Leighton Baines. Leighton Baines has been outstanding so far this season for Everton, and I think a move to a bigger club has been beckoning for about the last 2 seasons. He plays second fiddle to Ashley Cole in the England team, but this would change if he was given the opportunity to play for a team like us. The final position that we could improve on is the ‘behind the striker’ role that we use constantly. Clint Dempsey currently holds this role, and I know that he has just started out in that role but he is 29 years old, and in my opinion was a quick fix to not getting Joao Moutinho. Joao Moutinho is not on my shortlist of players that we need to get, because I feel that Dembele and Parker/Sandro are capable of pairing up in almost every other team in the Premier League, therefore we don’t need to spend £20 million on this player. The two players I would like to see Spurs have interest in, are Isco and Willian. Isco is one of Spain’s brightest young talents at just 20 years old, he is also, in my opinion, Malaga’s best player. Willian is another bright prospect, slightly older at 24, he is a brilliant player and has been linked to AVB when he was at Chelsea, and recently at Spurs. Willian is good friends with AVB and that’s why I see this as a bigger possibility than the Isco transfer.

My desired future Spurs team:
Lloris
Walker – Caulker – Vertonghen – Baines
Lennon – Dembele – Sandro – Bale
Isco
Remy