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.
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:
Walker – Dawson – Vertonghen – Assou-Ekotto
Sigurdsson – Parker – Dembele – Dempsey
What a horrible defeat, so very hard to take. Everton possibly deserved the three points more than us, but to go ahead in the 76th minute and lose the game is horrendous. In the first half we were poor, we didn’t look very threatening and our passing was sloppy, Everton definitely were the better side in that first 45 minutes. In the second half we looked considerably better and looked like we could push for an unlikely victory, and punish Everton for their wasted opportunities, when we went in front it looked like at least a point was definite, but we were pushed further and further back to the point our defence was on Lloris’ six yard box. Pienaar scored a goal that was sloppy on our account and then we looked very edgy. Jelavic won them the game and it was devastating for everyone involved with Spurs.
Dempsey looked very positive in the first half, hopefully a sign that he is coming towards the same form that he had when he was at Fulham. Mousa Dembele was outstanding, calm on the ball and threatening going forward. We missed Gareth Bale, like any team that is without their best player, just because we struggle without him doesn’t make us a ‘one man team’. Hugo Lloris showed why he is one of the best ‘keepers in the world and in my opinion the best in the Premier League. The worst performer for us was Adebayor, he looked disinterested and really didn’t help much with his work rate, one of his worst performances in a Spurs shirt. We need to stay positive and keep winning games, our next 5 games should give us 15 points, but let’s take each game as it comes; first up is Swansea at the Lane on Sunday. COYS!!
My player ratings for the game against Everton:
Lloris – 9
Walker – 6
Gallas – 5
Caulker – 8
Vertonghen – 7
Lennon – 7
Sandro – 7
Dembele – 9
Dempsey – 8
Defoe – 7
Adebayor – 5