Match Preview, Everton vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Sunday 24th May 2015. 3pm Kick off.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

TV: Not televised in the UK. Worldwide TV schedule can be found HERE.

The last game of the season is upon us – Everton away from home is how we will finish what has been a positive season overall, although one with it’s problems. We have had our ups and downs but overall, in Mauricio Pochettino’s first season in charge we have done what was expected of us – not at the standard of Champions League, but we have had good results this term and coming into the final day of the season we can still hit 5th place, so we do have something to play for heading to Goodison Park – maybe it’s not the most prestigious or important of things to play for, but it includes pride and well, finishing above Liverpool and Southampton would be a nice thing to finish on – as well as a win over Everton at Goodison Park, which is a difficult place to go. A convincing and good performance would be great to finish this season on and head into what is going to be an important summer and an even more important 2015/16 campaign.

Everton have had an erratic and inconsistent season – they are 10th in the Premier League and that is the highest they can get, with Stoke City four points ahead of them in 9th. But, Everton still have to cement a place in the top 10 – with West Ham just behind them on goal difference in 11th. Both Everton and ourselves still have to secure the highest positions possible in the Premier League, and although it’s not the most amazing of prizes, a place higher or lower in the Premier League, it is still important to finish as high as possible and finish the season on a high, so I’m sure both sides will be fighting hard for the victory. Last time we faced Everton, it was at White Hart Lane earlier this season, a 2-1 win with Christian Eriksen scoring as well as a rare goal for Roberto Soldado giving us one of our most important wins of the season, which gave us a massive lift for the rest of the season, and it definitely helped our confidence through the season – hopefully we can finish the season in similar fashion. The last time we travelled to Merseyside, was back in 2013 when we drew 0-0 under AVB – we will be hoping for a more exciting match, and hope that we can get the victory this time on our visit to Goodison Park. Last time out Everton scraped past West Ham at Upton Park 2-1 thanks to a Romelu Lukaku late goal that secured the three points for the Blues, let’s hope we can avoid late disappointment this Sunday!

The team news for the Toffees is that Aaron Lennon is of course ineligible for Everton because he is on loan from us, and has therefore returned to Spurs, but won’t feature for Tottenham either. Everton are suffering from seven possible absentees – Steven Pienaar (muscular), Antonio Alcaraz (muscular), Leighton Baines (ankle), Bryan Oviedo (metatarsal), Darren Gibson (metatarsal) and Tony Hibbert (knee) are ruled out, while Sylvain Distin (illness) faces a late fitness test. Romelu Lukaku is Everton’s most obvious threat – their powerful Belgian striker has 10 goals in the Premier League and 20 goals in all competitions; although he has had an inconsistent season in the League, his numbers overall have been fairly impressive and I’m sure he will be looking to improve on his League form next season. Alongside Romelu Lukaku, Belgian teammate Kevin Mirallas is another goal scoring threat, with his pace and skill can cause problems for any defence and with the lack of pace in our central defence he could be a real menace – and Mirallas scored in our last meeting, a stunning goal from range – so he is one to keep an eye on – with seven goals in the Premier League this term, and 10 in all competitions. Ross Barkley is without doubt an exciting talent for the future, with his dribbling ability and composure on the ball, as well as his shooting and eye for goal at just 21, but this season he has faltered and only hit 2 goals and 2 assists, which Barkley would be disappointed with for such a talented player – I’m sure he will still be quite the handful though this Sunday.
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The team news for Tottenham is that Michel Vorm (illness) is a doubt and will have a late fitness test, which opens the door for Brad Friedel possibly making the bench in his final game as a player before retirement. Ben Davies (shoulder) and Kyle Walker (foot) remain out injured. Vlad Chiriches returns from suspension but doesn’t look likely to earn a place in the squad. Emmanuel Adebayor has been released on compassionate leave to help sort out family problems in Togo so won’t feature in our final game of the season.

Our final game of the season and we want to go out in style. We will be looking to our attacking threats to produce in what is going to be a tough game up in Merseyside. Harry Kane is going through a little dry spell, looking fairly tired which is expected after the full on performances he has put in throughout the season – but I’m sure he will like to finish his incredible season with a goal, and make 30 goals at least 31. He will need help from his offensive support who need to do exactly that – support. Christian Eriksen has been disappointing of late, looking burnt out and I’m sure he will be relieved that the season is coming to an end and he can get some rest to come back even better next season; however I would like to see Eriksen and Kane combine well before the season is out, as their partnership really looks to be the future of our attack. But I do think that Eriksen needs a little bit of competition, as although he has been poor, he has still kept his place so he could feel irreplaceable at the moment, so that could be an area for Pochettino and co to look at. Nacer Chadli has been one of the triumphs of the season – his goal scoring and much improved performances have been a great part of this campaign and he hasn’t let up on his goal scoring, now hitting 13 for the season and I’m sure he will be looking to strike once again in our final game of the season. The final piece of our attacking force this season has been Erik Lamela, our top assister this campaign, and despite disappointing for a large part of the season, coming into the final games he has impressed with his tenacity and effectiveness in the final third – hopefully he can further improve next season. Defensively, Danny Rose has been one of our best players this season and without doubt our most improved player this season, contributing defensively and offensively, and he has brought balance to our side, making sure we have an outlet on the left hand side who has been able to provide crosses and this season goals – he has cemented himself as our number one left back and become a crucial player for us.
Our last game of the season! Let’s go out in style. Everton at Goodison Park awaits and we will be hoping to finish the season strongly, with the possibility of moving ahead of Liverpool into 5th, which would be nice to finish the season on. You can of course get updates on the game including photos, videos and more from my twitter account, follow me there @AddictedToSpurs! COYS!!

Match stats provided by StatsZone:

– Everton have gone seven games unbeaten at home to Tottenham in the Premier League, winning three (D4).

– Spurs have won consecutive PL games against Everton for the first time since April 2006 (a run of four wins).

– Tottenham have won on the final day in each of the last four seasons, the longest current run in the Premier League.

– Harry Kane has won his team more points than any other player in the Premier League this season (22).

– Everton have won six of their last seven final day games, including the last four at home.

– Four of Erik Lamela’s seven PL assists this season have been for Nacer Chadli.

– Leighton Baines needs one more assist to reach double figures for only the second time in his Premier League career.

– Romelu Lukaku has scored at least 10 goals in each of the last three Premier League campaigns.

– Harry Kane has failed to score in his last four Premier League games, his longest drought since October.

My predicted/preferred side to face Everton at Goodison Park:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Dier – Fazio – Vertonghen – Rose
Mason – Bentaleb
Lamela – Eriksen – Chadli
Kane.

Here what Mauricio Pochettino had to say before the Everton match on Spurs TV, HERE.
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Match Review, Tottenham vs Everton.

Match: Sunday 30th November 2014.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane,

Result: Tottenham 2-1 Everton.

Tottenham goalscorers: Eriksen 21′, Soldado 45′.

Everton goalscorer: Mirallas 15′.

Well – in my Match Preview, I touched upon my desire for the team to show intensity and drive throughout the match. What was delivered was far more impressive – as a team, we were magnificent, we worked, pressed, defended and attacked as a team, which is a breath of fresh air for Tottenham this season. I’m incredibly pleased with how the team was set out; we didn’t have a hell of a lot of the ball, but our performance off the ball is what was so pleasing, we didn’t give away many chances, and we fought hard to win the ball back while maintaining a good shape in defence and midfield. Pochettino set out the team in the right way, with loads of energy and enthusiasm in midfield with Bentaleb, Mason, Lennon & Kane, to work, fight and drive with and without the ball, while having the quality of Eriksen, Soldado, Lennon & Kane to push hard on the counter attack. It was truly fantastic to watch from the stands, and I thought every player on the pitch did their duty brilliantly. Overall, our best performance of the season by far. Hopefully, this is only the start of what can be a great season if we fight like we did in the game for every match this season. We’ve shown that we have got that fight in our team, but what we need now is consistency and a run of results!

In the first half, we started well, we pressed high, harried Everton and looked fairly threatening on the counter attack, but we did concede the first goal on 15 minutes – we struggled to clear the ball, and it fell to Kevin Mirallas, who i signalled out before the game as a big threat in front of goal, and he proved me right as he perfectly curled a beauty into the top corner that Hugo Lloris had absolutely no chance of getting to. Sometimes you just have to accept an opponents goal as unstoppable and pure quality, and that it was. When you concede the first goal, the reaction is important, making sure you not only stop the opponent from scoring again, but taking the initiative, going onto the front foot and attempting to get straight back in terms, and that’s exactly what we did, we pushed hard and it was Harry Kane who showed that initiative and ran hard at the Evertonian defence, burst through their midfield and got his shot away, which was parried by Tim Howard, but Christian Eriksen was running in and with a delightful chipped finish, put Spurs back on level terms and that really sparked the team into action on 21 minutes, and the pressure was more intense, the attack was quicker and and chances were more frequent. It was our best spell in the match by a long way, and on the stroke of half time, it was Harry Kane again who’s determination was key in winning the ball back from Gareth Barry, and Aaron Lennon picked it up and drove hard at Silvan Distin, before laying it off to delightfully to Roberto Soldado – and in that moment, the stadium was silent, a gasp of air was taken, and then probably the biggest cheer of the season was heard as Soldado smashed the ball past Tim Howard to give Tottenham the 2-1 lead. Relief, delight and absolute elation swept through the stadium. Chants for Roberto Soldado were ringing out at half time, and it was an incredible moment – one of the most heart warming moments of the season. Hopefully Roberto can push on from this. It’s his platform to transform his Tottenham career; I think he’s got what it takes, if he can drag this confidence and relief into more and more goals.

The second half was all about managing the game, seeing it out and getting the crucial three points, and we were able to do that brilliantly. We took our chances in the first half, and now we fought to preserve our hard work with even more, even harder work off of the ball with grit, determination and drive. In some ways the way we worked in the second half was more pleasing than how we scored and created in the first half. The game plan was to stay compact, press as a team, and when we did have a chance to get on the ball, we pushed forward at pace, but didn’t commit ourselves too much, and were able to stay solid in defence. The team was working properly, and in a system that was working, we were able to see the best of our players and that was the winning formula in this game. Late on, we had a few good chances to extend our lead, but it wasn’t to be, and despite it being quite nervy at the end, our fantastic team performance was rewarded with three points. Three, glorious, points.

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The team performed very, very well together. I can’t single anyone out as playing badly, but I can name a fair few that played brilliantly! For me, Jan Vertonghen was immense at the back, showing the quality we know he possesses; he dominated Everton’s Romelu Lukaku when he got the ball, timed his challenges to perfection, and was able to set the team into attack very well with his composed passing. Alongside the very solid Federico Fazio, he looked back to his, in my opinion, World Class self. We’re going to need a similar performance from Super Jan against Chelsea on Wednesday. Ben Davies at left back put in his best performance in a Spurs shirt so far on his full Premier League home debut, he was tough in the challenge, focused in his defensive duties and produced some very threatening crosses from the left flank. He’s made the left back spot his own since taking over from Danny Rose. In attack – it was Harry Kane that grabbed the imagination of the fans; every time got the ball he looked to drive at the Everton defence, the buzz came through the crowd and expectation and excitement swept the arena. He worked so, so hard for the team – he gave every ounce of his being during the game and the fans appreciated that – I certainly did. The moment of the game was Roberto Soldado’s goal; it was great, and a fantastic finish from a man that has stuggled in front of goal. His performance was very pleasing, he worked hard, moved the ball well and got his goal – which is all we can ask from him. A match winner! In midfield, the partnership between Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb was one that I thought could be a little bit exposed, especially if Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas and Samuel Eto’o could get in behind them – but my concerns were unfounded, and the performances of both were brilliant. Energy, enthusiasm, fight and composure – it proved to be a very balanced midfield pivot, and one that could prove to be very fruitful in the future. Other shouts go to Christian Eriksen and Aaron Lennon, who on the flanks, worked hard in defence to combat Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman, while in attack were very effective, with Eriksen getting the first goal, and Aaron Lennon got the winning assist.

What a great win. We have built on our away win against Hull City with a fantastic, much needed home win. Now, we have to build on it again, bring this confidence, momentum and team work into our next fixtures and really build a good run of results. This starts with the easy task of the Premier League’s unbeaten leaders, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge on Wedneday evening. Hurrah. Let’s do the impossible and defeat the undefeatable! Follow me on Twitter for it all, here: @AddictedToSpurs. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Everton at the Lane:
Lloris – 8
Chiriches – 6.5 (Dier 70′ – 6.5)
Fazio – 8
Vertonghen – 9 – Man of the match.
Davies – 8.5
Lennon – 8 (Lamela 61′ – 6)
Mason – 8
Bentaleb – 8.5
Eriksen – 8.5
Kane – 9
Soldado – 8.5. (Paulinho 81′ – 6)

Mauricio Pochettino reacts to our 2-1 win over Everton:

Match highlights from our 2-1 win over Everton:

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Everton.

Match date & time: Sunday 30th November 2014. 4pm GMT KO.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1. Worldwide TV listings, HERE.

A few seasons ago, when we saw a home game on our fixture list, confidence would flow through our veins. ‘We’re always good at home’, would be the cry pre-game, and most of the time we would deliver, especially under Harry Redknapp and possibly Martin Jol. But, at this moment in time, our home crowd has become a curse to the players, struggling to find any sort of form at home and wins coming at a premium. As a fan, you always want to win at home, that’s where your team should feel more comfortable, having the backing of the fans, and being able to make the pitch suit your style. But, it seems the fans support can sometimes, or most of the time at White Hart Lane, turn sour very quickly if things don’t go Tottenham’s way, but that’s no excuse for lacklustre performances the fans have had to endure at White Hart Lane this season. Now, we need the players to give us something to cheer about in the Premier League at White Hart Lane, go out onto the pitch and play with intensity, drive and show the flair that runs through our team. The players prior to the game have been speaking about the need to win at home, and how driven they are to win for the fans – but now, it’s time for them to put words into action and perform like they want it more than the opposition. Everton are a very tough team in prospect, with top players and a talented manager who has imprinted his philosophy in his team very well. We will need to find our form very quickly this Sunday to combat a well directed side in Everton.

Everton have had a difficult season so far, and sit in 9th, level on points with ourselves in 10th. Everything points to this being a very tight and tactical game, but hopefully with attacking style that Everton have, there will be space for Tottenham to imprint our style onto the game. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of teams coming to White Hart Lane, sitting back, and grabbing a goal on the counter attack. With Everton, although I don’t expect them to be silly and leave heaps of space for our attacking players, it should be easier for us to find spaces, and create chances. But, it will mean defensively we will have to be more aware of the Evertonian outfit. Despite only winning 4 games in 12 so far this Premier League season, in all competitions, the Toffees are unbeaten in 8 games including the Europa League, and come into this game off the back of a good 2-0 win away at Wolfsburg. Whether the Europa League will affect their form more than us is another question, as they had to travel to Germany, and we had a nice Home game. In games after a Europa League fixture, Everton have lost twice, drawn once and won only once, and that came against a struggling Burnley side. Our record isn’t much better! Having lost four times, drawn none and winning twice. So it’s the battle of who can deal with Europa League commitments more! Last time we faced Everton, we came out victorious at White Hart Lane last season, a 1-0 win, Emmanuel Adebayor scoring the winner in a tight and tactical game. I’d expect a similar match this time around. Hopefully we get a similar scoreline!

The team news for Everton is that Steven Naismith (hamstring), Leighton Baines (hamstring), Gareth Barry (ankle), Steven Pienaar (knee), and Arouna Kone (knee) will all be looking to be part of the squad for this one after injuries, but still face late fitness tests. But, John Stones (ankle), Brian Oviedo (leg), Antolin Alcaraz (shoulder), Darren Gibson (knee) and James McCarthy (hamstring) are all expected to miss the game at White Hart Lane, which is the bad news for the blues! Everton have many threatening, offensive players that can cause problems for defences and score goals. The attack is lead by big Romelu Lukaku, the young Belgian has proved himself in the Premier League as one of the best strikers in the League, and Everton did well to sign him this season, although only getting 6 goals this season in all competitions, he looks like he’s finding his feet lately and is coming into this game 2 goals in 2 games. Jan Vertonghen, his Belgian team mate, will be well aware of what Romelu Lukaku can do and will have to be at his best to control him! After returning from injury, Kevin Mirallas is back and back in form, he’s a really threatening player and whether played on the left, right, or through the middle can be a thorn in any defence with his pace and skill, another Belgian as well! It’s well documented about how important Everton’s full backs are to their style of play; offensive, hard working and with final product as well. Seamus Coleman at right back and Leighton Baines at left back will create chances, and have chances themselves, it’s important we can keep tabs on them otherwise they will cause us problems.

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The team news for Tottenham is that Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose are all in contention after returning to training. Andros Townsend (ankle), is a major doubt for the game. With Federico Fazio available after missing the Partizan game through suspension and Nabil Bentaleb fully recovered after his ankle problem. Although, Kyle Walker (groin) and Kyle Naughton (suspended) are out of the game. It’s unknown as of yet if the first 5 names will be fit enough to start, but Nacer Chadli is a big boost after his brilliant goalscoring form so far this season, and hopefully he can come back into the squad and make an impact once again, but I’d probably say it’s from the bench rather than starting.

After impressing against Hull City, and performing well against Partizan in his 400th career appearance, Aaron Lennon has put in a major shout to start against Everton in this game, and I would start him, not only for his pace, width and ability to beat a man, but his defensive qualities as well against Everton, who rely heavily on their attacking full backs. With Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker unavailable, we will have to rely on either Vlad Chiriches or Eric Dier at right back, so they will need support on that right flank and I think Aaron Lennon is the best man for that job. As we have lacked width and pace in our attack, he has to enter into the mind of Mauricio Pochettino to start this game. In that right back slot, I think it should be given to Vlad Chiriches, as I think he offers more agility and pace than Eric Dier, who suits the centre back role a lot more. Offensively, Harry Kane was rested in midweek, which heavily suggests he’ll be in the starting line up once again in the Premier League, and his goalscoring form is incredible at the moment, but hopefully Sunday is the day that he gets his first Premier League home goal of the season, especially in a game as important as this, his finishing of chances will be crucial, he needs to hit top form. Christian Eriksen was outstanding against Hull City, especially in that second half, because there was more space in key areas around the oppositions penalty area, so if we can get Eriksen into the key areas in-between the Everton midfield and defence, he will cause problems and be major threat to Everton, in my view, when he plays well, Tottenham play well, hopefully he can continue to improve as the season goes on. At left back, despite Danny Rose expected to be back from a chest injury, I would continue to play Ben Davies and give him his first Premier League start at White Hart Lane; he’s done very well against Partizan and Hull City and doesn’t deserve to be dropped in my eyes. He’s better defensively than Rose, so against possibly Mirallas and Coleman, I’d have more confidence in Davies than Rose.

Match stats & facts provided by Opta:

– Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games against Everton at White Hart Lane (W3 D2 L0).

– Everton have made a league-high six errors leading to goals this season.

– Three of Tottenham’s five Premier League wins this season have come via 90th minute goals.

– This will be Tottenham’s 31st Premier League game on a Sunday since the start of last season.

– Spurs have conceded five goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season (29% of their total).

– Two of Samuel Eto’o’s Premier League goals for Everton have come away from home (all nine of his PL goals for Chelsea came at Stamford Bridge).

– Leighton Baines has already assisted six goals in the Premier League this season, two more than he managed in the whole of 2013-14.

– Before this game, Everton’s last six Premier League games against London sides have all taken place at Goodison Park.

– Everton have kept just two clean sheets in their last 21 Premier League visits to London.

– Tottenham have conceded more goals from the penalty spot than any other side in the Premier League this season heading into matchday 13 (3).

A big game, with the Tottenham players having a lot to prove at White Hart Lane in the Premier League! A tough opposition, with a talented manager. I’m expecting a tight game, but hopefully we’ll get some excitement and quality throughout the game with some real talented players on both sides. I’m looking forward to this one! I’ll be attending the game, but I’ll update as much as I can from the stands at White Hart Lane! You can watch the game live on Sky Sports 1, but remember to follow me on Twitter, here: @AddictedToSpurs.! Let’s get three points!! COYS!

My predicted/preferred team to face Everton at the Lane:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Chiriches – Fazio – Vertonghen – Davies
Stambouli – Mason
Lennon – Eriksen – Lamela
Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino targets focus on tough game vs Everton (3mins forward):

Match Review, Tottenham vs Everton.

Match: Sunday 9th February 2014.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

Result: Tottenham 1-0 Everton.

Tottenham goal: Emmanuel Adebayor 65′.

What a win! An incredible result in a crucial game for the Champions League places, Everton are a superbly compact and organised team that make it very difficult for their opponents and coming into the game I would have taken any win, for in the big games it’s not about how you play, it’s all about the final result and the team that brings home 3 points, that was us. In the first half we were very lucky not to be behind, we were sloppy on the ball, and didn’t press Everton high enough, letting them create too many chances, while not creating enough goal scoring opportunities ourselves, frustrating, but relieved that it was still 0-0. In the second half we improved, we found more space in midfield and tried to create more chances, our passing was still sloppy and we made quite a few, let’s say, ‘unforced errors’. It got to the hour mark and we still hadn’t had a shot on target, incredible really at home, but if anyone was to get a chance and score it was Emmanuel Adebayor, a quickly thought out free kick from Kyle Walker was expertly controlled by the Togolese striker with his chest, used his strength to hold off Jagielka who was very tight, then rifled it into the near post for 1-0, a great goal! As time went on it was really really nervy, in the stadium and shown through the players, a couple of decisions went against us, Everton got few free kicks and came close a few times, but also we got a few decisions that went our way, Etienne Capoue sliding in on Coleman, in the box for what probably should have been a penalty, but luck was on our side and we held on for a great 3 points.

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Difficult to pick a man of the match, there were quite a few good performances, but I’ll give it to Jan Vertonghen in defence, an incredibly composed and solid performance, in which he helped us out on numerous occasions with last ditch blocks, perfectly timed tackles but also setting up attacks and bringing the ball out of defence in tight situations. A defensive master class, world class. Mousa Dembele, Vertonghen’s Belgian compatriot also put in a top class display, his ability on the ball is second to none, gliding past players and making us tick in the middle of the park. Mousa had some difficult moments in which he didn’t find the right pass or got caught in possession, but other than that I thought he was very good. The man of the moment, Emmanuel Adebayor got the winner, but that wasn’t his only contribution to the team, he worked so, so hard, harrying the Everton players, tracking back making tackles in midfield, and holding the ball up well getting Paulinho, Dembele and Lennon more and more into the game, he was outstanding. Deserved his goal, his 7th of the season in just 11 games. Another world class performer was Hugo Lloris, he kept us in the game, especially in the first half, some amazing saves and he took control of his box as usual, using his safe hands to grasp crosses, he was outstanding. Disappointing performance from Aaron Lennon, very quiet, needed much more from him offensively and defensively. He’s been poor for a few games and needs to up his game dramatically, that’s if his spot isn’t taken by Townsend or Lamela soon. It was great to get to say goodbye to Jermain Defoe in his last Premier League home game, sadly he couldn’t get his goal, but the applause after was heart warming and emotional. Goodbye to a Spurs legend, but we’ll see you against Dnipro again at the Lane!

A great win! Our next game is a toughy, on Wednesday 13th February we face Newcastle at St James’ Park, another big game, but one in which we have to be expected to win with the Geordie’s poor form. Let’s give it a big push for the top four! COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Everton at the Lane:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 7
Dawson – 5.5
Vertonghen – 9 – Man of the Match.
Rose – 7
Lennon – 5
Paulinho – 7
Dembele – 8.5
Bentaleb – 7.5
Eriksen – 5.5
Adebayor – 8.5

Subs:
Capoue – N/A
Defoe – N/A
Townsend – 6

Tim Sherwood’s post match press conference:

Match highlights of our 1-0 win over Everton:

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Everton.

Match date and time: Sunday 9th February 2014. Kick off 1:30pm.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 from 12:30.

After two difficult results against Manchester City and Hull City it’s crucial we bounce ourselves back into the top 5 in the Premier League. It’s a massive game, playing against a team only 1 point ahead of us we need to get a win and try to put a run together. At White Hart Lane we have to make our home advantage count against a well drilled, offensively talented Everton side who play very good free flowing football. It’s important that defensively we are solid and contain the Everton attack, but at home it should be about our attack and what we do with the ball, not them. That’s how we need to make it at the Lane. After what I’d call a sluggish performance against Hull City, we need to show more offensive guile and be much more clinical when we get our chances in front of goal, but also create more clear cut chances for our strikers, especially Adebayor, who needs to have more chances than he did against Hull City. After reverting to the 4-4-2 formation against Hull, I’d switch back to the 4-2-3-1 formation for this game. It’s going to be a difficult game for us, no doubt about that, but I think it’ll be an exciting one. Hopefully we can come out on top.

Everton have been brilliant this season, Roberto Martinez has come in and got the Toffees playing free flowing passing football which has got them results, crucially. The sit in 5th place, 1 point ahead of us so this game is very important for both teams. They went to Anfield 2 weeks ago and got spanked 4-0, so that will have taken some confidence out of the team, but also will spur them on to make sure a result like that is not repeated. They have already responded last week, beating Aston Villa at Goodison 2-1. The team news for Everton is that Gerard Deloufeu, Seamus Coleman and Lacina Traore return from injury and are in contention to start for the Blues on Sunday. Everton will be without defender Antolin Alcaraz through a muscle injury and striker Romelu Lukaku with an ankle injury. Everton have a lot of talented players, Kevin Mirallas has become a top player, scoring goals and being overall much more involved than last season, he will be key to them on Sunday. Also, full-backs Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman love to bomb forward and our full-backs and wingers have to be on top form defensively and offensively to contain them.

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The team news for Tottenham is that Erik Lamela (thigh/back), Vlad Chiriches (back) and Sandro (calf) are out of the game to face Everton sadly, it’s very unfortunate as all three are key players in my opinion. Back in contention are Andros Townsend, Mousa Dembele and the rest of the squad are all back and available to start, including Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho. Team selection is becoming more and more difficult with key players returning from injury, it’s a great problem to have though. I like Nabil Bentaleb and believe he has a massive future ahead of him at Spurs, but when Paulinho and Dembele are available it’s quite simple, he doesn’t get a look in, yet. He hasn’t got the experience to compete with two internationals like Mousa and Paulinho. With Townsend back, we have a spot on the left hand side crying out for him, for his direct approach and offensive flair. Eriksen in the middle works better than on the left, and Townsend in my opinion is better on the left than the right hand side, so he can get crosses in and get balls into Adebayor, he could be a crucial player coming into the end of the season. In defence, with Vlad Chiriches out of the game, I’d pair Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul, but I fully expect captain Michael Dawson to retain his place alongside Jan Vertonghen.

Match stats and facts provided by FourFourTwo

– Tottenham (288) and Everton (292) have lost more Barclays Premier League games than any other side.

– Everton have lost only two of their last 13 Barclays Premier League encounters with Tottenham.

– Spurs have had loss/loss results in their last five home defeats against top-six teams.

– Everton have won only one of their last five Barclays Premier League away games (D3 L1).

– The Lilywhites have won 12 times in the Premier League against Everton at White Hart Lane – only against Newcastle (also 12) have they won as many times at home in the competition.

– Spurs have had both teams scoring in their last three matches.

– Only two players have made more Premier League assists for Tottenham than Aaron Lennon (41) – Teddy Sheringham (44) and Darren Anderton (67).

– Everton are the most fouled side in the Premier League this season (315 times).

– Everton have conceded first in their last three away matches against top-six teams.

– The Toffees have conceded the most penalties in the Premier League this season (6).

– Tottenham have won four penalties this season in the Premier League, only Liverpool (5) have been awarded more.

– Spurs have had more goals in the second half in their last three home matches.

– Leighton Baines (0) has fewer Premier League assists than team-mate Tim Howard (1) this season.

– 12 of Tottenham’s 19 assists this season have been supplied by players signed last summer.

Massive game in which I’ll be attending, so I’ll update as much as possible from my twitter account @AddictedToSpurs, let’s get a win to put us back on track in the race for top four! COYS!!

My predicted/preferred team to face Everton at White Hart Lane:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Walker – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Rose
Paulinho – Dembele
Lennon – Eriksen – Townsend
Adebayor.

Tim Sherwood’s pre match press conference:

Match Review, Everton vs Tottenham.

Match: Sunday 3rd November 2013.

Premier League

Everton 0-0 Tottenham.

Good result in a very difficult game for Spurs. A game of two halves. We were dominant in the first, having complete control of the ball, creating a fair few chances, but we didn’t capitalise when we really needed to. Was very impressed with the way we were playing, bombing forward whenever we got the chance and keeping Everton at bay expertly. Slightly unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty when Vertonghen was bundled over in the area by Seamus Coleman, but in the second half, we got lucky as with the roles reversed it looked like Vertonghen fouled Coleman in the box, nothing given. The second half was a different story, Everton came into the game more and more, with the fans behind them, they looked the likely to break the deadlock, but defensively, we were as solid as ever, stopping crosses and starving Lukaku of service. Very impressive. Offensively we have been disappointing this season, and in the second half this continued, very narrow and not getting enough service to Soldado, but I don’t think we can complain too much with such a good result away from home.

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All about the defence! 7 clean sheets this season in the Premier League, with 10 games played. We’ve been extremely good defensively all season, with this game no different. My man of the match is Jan Vertonghen, down the left he was unreal, it’s not his preferred position, but he did very well to deal with the threat of Kevin Mirallas, who is undoubtedly faster than Jan, offensively, he was one of our biggest threats! Continuously working to get the ball into the box, a very good performance, hardly put a foot wrong. Vlad Chririches has been brilliant so far this season, and we are yet to concede a goal when he has started the game in all competitions, he dealt with the threat of Lukaku immensely, and for £8.5 million looks a real bargain. Michael Dawson put in a captains performance, dominant at the back, leading by example, his best performance this season. Sandro back to his best after his poor Hull City performance, unfortunate he was forced off with a knock, because he dominated the game for us in the middle, when he came off, we certainly weren’t as dominant. Offensively, we need to improve, we need to become more fluid and start creating more opportunities for Soldado so he can flourish. Positives and negatives to take from this game. An honouree mention for the warrior that is Hugo Lloris, knocked unconscious, but continuing with the game!

A good point, at a place in which we lost last season, horribly. Unfortunate not to grab the win, which I think we deserved, but I’m relatively happy. Our next match is against FC Sheriff at White Hart Lane in the Europa League, on Thursday 7th November. Our next game in the Premier League is against Newcastle at White Hart Lane, Sunday 10th November. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Everton at Goodison Park:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 8
Dawson – 8
Chiriches – 9
Vertonghen – 9 – Man of the Match.
Paulinho – 6
Sandro – 8
Townsend – 7
Holtby – 7
Lennon – 6
Soldado – 5

Subs:
Dembele – 6
Eriksen – 7
Sigurdsson – 6

AVB reaction after the game:

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:

Why AVB has done a wonderful job at the Lane.

André Villas Boas was given a new lease of life when we gave the Portuguese manager the job at White Hart Lane. AVB had big boots to fill, Harry Redknapp had done a wonderful job for us, getting us top four twice and having a wonderful run in the Champions League in 2010/11. The sacking came as a shock to most, and the appointment of AVB was maybe more of a shock, the bookies favourite being the now Manchester United manager David Moyes.

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André had a bad start, and the questions about his future were already being shouted around, ‘sacked by Christmas’ being the general feel. Draws at home to Norwich and West Brom being the worst moments in a hard month for AVB. We weren’t really clicking together as a team, and AVB’s tactics and methods didn’t seem to be taken upon by the players. A difficult start.

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Our form seemed to change a lot when we picked up our first win at Reading, and then what is now one of the moments of the season, the win at Old Trafford. Opinions on AVB were starting to change, the ‘wonder boy’ from Portugal was back. We hit a streak of wins, nobody was questioning AVB anymore. The tactics he had to beat teams were precise, and specific to the team we were playing, it was all about getting points, game by game, and as a fan, it was a joy to watch.

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Top four, the ultimate aim, we were dreaming of an awesome finish, but we got a little carried away, if you looked back to the start of the season, we lost some of our best players, Modric, Van Der Vaart and losing our captain Ledley King through retirement, was always going to be hard. The fact that we are still in with a shout with 2 games to go is extremely good, and it’s down to André, he has been superb.

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Injuries also hit us very hard, Kaboul who was my personal player of the season last year, has been out all season, and this is a massive blow, defensively he is our key player. Also, Sandro has been out for half of this season, the best CDM in the Premier League in the first half of the season, and a candidate for player of the season, out for the rest of the season. Scott Parker came in as a replacement, and he hasn’t been the same as last year, so it’s been a huge blow. I miss the beast. We missed Mousa Dembélé for 6 weeks, and Aaron Lennon has been missing in quite a few games, so the fact we are even close to top four is nothing short of a miracle.

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If we get into the top four, and I still believe we can, as a club we will go very very far, but if we fail to achieve that goal, I don’t think it would set us back too far with Bale staying no matter what, and according to AVB, funds are available for the transfer window. André has been at the heart of our success this season, and finishing above teams that are of a very good standard in Everton and Liverpool and we are looking likely to beat the amount of points we got last season, this season has been a success, no matter how it finishes now. Keep the faith in the lads, it’s still possible. COYS, and Believe in André Villas Boas.

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Match Review, Tottenham vs Everton

Tottenham 2-2 Everton
Adebayor 1′. Jagielka 15′
Sigurdsson 87′. Mirallas 57′

Not the best of results, would have loved three points, but with all of our injuries, a point against a great team in Everton is a bonus. We went 1-0 up through a rare Adebayor goal, and we thought that it was going to be a good day, but we let it slip unfortunately and we had to claw it back, Sigurdsson scored late on to grab us a point. It was a decent performance, but we missed our best players, when Lennon, Bale and Defoe are all out, it isn’t the greatest of situations. Everton performed well, and probably deserved the point because of the way they fought back after an early set back.

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Emmanuel Adebayor was awesome today, finally put in a performance worthy of wearing the Spurs shirt, great goal, and he held the ball up well, really good, lets hope he can continue this form. Kyle Walker had a good game, his best for a while, and this is because of his ability to get forward when Lennon doesn’t play. Gylfi Sigurdsson was great, his crossing wasn’t great but he was always working hard and tackling well, played really well. Tom Huddlestone made a cameo performance and really played well, his passing was sublime and he looked really good, hope he has more of a role to play for the rest of the season as Parker isn’t looking good. Our next game is against Basel away from home, time to save the tie! COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Everton at White Hart Lane:
Lloris – 8
Walker – 8
Dawson – 7
Caulker – 7
Vertonghen – 7
Dembele – 8
Parker – 5
Holtby – 6
Dempsey – 4
Adebayor – 8 Man of the Match
Sigurdsson – 8

Subs:
Huddlestone – 8
Carroll – 7

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Everton

Big game, two teams fighting for Champions League football, both have good squads and it looks like it’s going to be a tough game. Both teams have injuries or suspensions so it’s going to be a scrappy game, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were very little goals. Pienaar and Fellaini are out for Everton, also Baines and Mirallas are both doubts. This is good news for us as Everton don’t have a lot of strength in depth, they will struggle at the Lane. Bale, Lennon and Defoe are all out for us, but we have a good squad, and I think although it’s a massive blow that they are out, we have good, hungry players to replace them. Younes Kaboul could be back on the bench for us, but I wouldn’t expect to see him play a part at all yet.

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Lewis Holtby is facing his boyhood club, and has said it’s a dream to play against Everton, I expect him to start, and I wouldn’t be surprised to say he was Man of the Match after the game, he is going to be right up for it. Clint Dempsey could also start, can play on the left, and he can score us goals, something we are lacking at the moment, he’s got the talent, just needs to put in the performance. Scott Parker needs to up his performance from Thursday, he was poor, but now needs to show the same sort of form he is capable. Adebayor scored on Thursday and looked like he was trying to recreate his old form, and lets hope he can bang in another goal against Everton! It’s a big game, and a big opportunity to stay in third place. We can do it! The game is televised, it is on ESPN, kick off at 2:05pm. COYS!!

My preferred team to face Everton at White Hart Lane:
Lloris
Walker – Dawson – Vertonghen – Assou-Ekotto
Sigurdsson – Parker – Dembele – Dempsey
Holtby
Adebayor