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:
Dier – Fazio – Vertonghen – Rose
Mason – Bentaleb
Lamela – Eriksen – Chadli

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

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.

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:
Walker – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Rose
Paulinho – Dembele
Lennon – Eriksen – Townsend

Tim Sherwood’s pre match press conference: