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:

Poll Results: Which Striker you want at White Hart Lane.

On the 27th May, I created a poll to see which striker you most want to be playing for us next season. I had a great response, with 788 votes in total, and now I’m going to show you the results!

Christian Benteke, 22 years old, Aston Villa.

Benteke is a brilliant player, with 19 goals in the Premier League he was always going to be linked with a move away. He has great strength, and is brilliant at holding up the play and including his team mates in the attack, but he can also work things on his own, he has a fair amount of pace to get past defenders and this kind of ability is something that is really needed at the Lane. As well as being strong, and fairly quick, he’s a great finisher, again, what we need at the Lane. He’s a young player, with a big future, personally, I think it would be a great move for the club to make happen. It’s a difficult deal to do, with Aston Villa desperate to hang onto their star man, but it could be done if the player decides to force a transfer.

Transfer Fee: £15million – £20million

Poll Result: 252 votes. 32% of the votes.

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Leandro Damiao, 23, International.

The long transfer saga that is Leandro Damiao to Spurs. We’ve had four transfer windows of it, and it’s always been ‘close’ to happening, but it’s never actually happened. He’s a good player, but I think some people have started to doubt his ability to perform in the Premier League, I for one am one of those people. I’ve seen him play a few times, and maybe that isn’t enough, but from what I’ve seen, he’s not my first choice. Although, if AVB wants him, I’m fully behind him.

Transfer Fee: £18million – £24million

Poll Result: 182 Votes. 23% of the Votes.

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David Villa, 31, Barcelona.

I’d be a big fan of this. Very experienced striker, with a goal record that speaks for itself. If we are to pull this off I think it would be a big statement that we want to push for the Champions League, a player known world wide, at Tottenham Hotspur sounds very good. We need two strikers, and I think having Villa and another would be brilliant. The player is versatile, he can play on the left wing as well as a central striker role, I’d absolutely love this transfer to go through. It seems the only thing that would hold this deal back is wages, and hopefully we can sort that out.

Transfer Fee: £10 million – £15 million

Poll Results: 139 Votes. 18% of the Votes.

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Roberto Soldado, 28, Valencia.

Soldado is a very talented striker, with a very good record for Valencia, he has performed in the Champions League, and has been linked with numerous moves away, but with Valencia missing out on Champions League, this could be the season that he finally parts with the Spanish club. Roberto would fit in well here, very good finisher, decent in the air, and he would suit our style of play a lot. I would really like him to join, except I think the age of the player has put me off slightly. At 28, he’s not one for the future. You could say this about Villa, but I think his versatility and name, just edge that of Soldado.

Transfer Fee: £20 million – £25 million

Poll Results: 84 Votes. 11% of the Votes.

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Jackson Martinez, 26, Porto.

Martinez would be my choice of striker. I’m surprised at the lack of votes he got, as this isn’t a real reflection on the quality of the player. He is strong, fast, and a clinical finisher, perfect for the Premier League. He has a brilliant record in the Portuguese league, with 33 goals in 31 games. It’s fair to say he’s an absolute beast. I think the AVB and Porto link could have a say in this deal, and I really hope it can be done, my dream striker.

Transfer Fee: £25million – £30 million

Poll Results: 56 Votes. 7% of the Votes.

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Wifried Bony, 24, Vitesse.

Bony is a top striker, but it seems he’s not exactly your preferred choice to grace White Hart Lane. He is the top scorer in the Dutch League, and he is a very good player. Quick, strong, and very good finisher. He looks like he has all the right attributes to come to the Premier League. I think he would be a cheaper option, and he is at quite a young age, so he is a good option to have, but would agree that he isn’t exactly my first choice.

Transfer Fee: £8million – £10million

Poll Results: 30 Votes. 4% of the Votes.

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So there are the results! Christian Benteke the overwhelming favourite for the fans to have at White Hart Lane.

We had other suggestions from people who disagreed with all the people on the list. The likes of Alvaro Negredo, Mario Gomez, Rodrigo and Gonzalo Higuain all mentioned.

Thanks to everyone who took part in my Poll, lets hope a couple of these deals actually come true this summer, and we can have another crack at the Top Four. COYS!!

Which Striker do you most want Tottenham to sign?

It’s a necessity that in this transfer window we sign a striker, what I want to know is, who do you want us to sign? I think the people I have chosen are realistic targets, and all would have a lot to offer to our team. Choose below, or add one that you think we should sign, that I’ve missed out! COYS!


The Striker Position.

We all know that we have one position that is, well, in desperate need of refurbishing. A lack of firepower upfront is something that has frustrated fans, but we are all confident that we will get the striker, the world class striker that will make us a challenger for the Premier League title.

Christian Benteke Liolo, 22, Aston Villa. – Benteke has been amazing this season for Aston Villa, with 13 goals, in a struggling team, he’s a very impressive player. Benteke still has a lot to learn, but he is showing signs of becoming a world class striker. He is 6ft 3″ in height, which makes him a target man, the exact thing we have lacked this season, he’s good with his head, but still has good control of the ball and even a touch of skill with his feet, and for a big and strong striker, this makes him a player with something special.
Estimated Fee – £10million – £15million.

Burak Yilmaz, 27, Galatasaray. – Yilmaz is an experienced striker, with great ability, he’s a goal scorer, and a prolific one. He has 16 goals in his 19 League games for Galatasaray this season, and another 8 goals in Europe, he’s had a great season, and this could be his time to move to a big team. Yilmaz would definitely answer our question, a classic striker, would fit in well. Yilmaz is a tall striker at 6ft 1″, so he can be a target man, but he is best at getting in the box, and finishing off chances, with Holtby, Bale, Lennon and Dembele all providing, you’d have to think goals would be a certainty!
Estimated Fee – £8million – £12million.

Jackson Martinez, 26, Porto. – Martinez is a top class striker, loads of ability on the ball, and can be deadly in front of goal, his goal return for Porto has been magnificent, and he’s had a great season there, but hasn’t had much recognition for it, he could be a quality signing. Martinez has 23 goals in 23 appearances in the League, and another 3 goals in Europe, these kind of goals would be amazing for Spurs. AVB is still on good terms with Porto, and has a lot of links with the club, if he could persuade them to do a deal with us, I’d be delighted. Martinez is another big and strong striker at 6ft 1″, but he has a turn of pace, he can get past players and he does this brilliantly.
Estimated Fee – £12million – £18million.

Ademilson, 19, São Paulo. – This player may be new to many, but he’s a massive talent, the Brazilian youngster is starting to make a name for himself, he’s starting to score goals for São Paulo, and is a prolific scorer for Brazil’s Under-19 squad, he may not be ready for first team football at a Premier League club yet, but he is on the right track to be a massive player, maybe even a world class player. Ademilson is a very quick player, and he is a real poacher, but he can conjure up magic and score some absolute stunners. He has only 4 goals to his name for São Paulo, but he is by no means a regular, definitely one for the future, keep an eye on him.
Estimated Fee – £8million – £12million.

Those are just some of the players that have been linked with Spurs, but these are the four that I would really like at Spurs. Who do you want? Comment below! COYS!!

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