Saturday’s big match of round 23 in the Premier League sees Everton visit Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the evening.
Everton have been on a roll under Sam Allardyce so can they spark an upset against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who boasts December’s ‘Player of Month’ in Harry Kane?
Tottenham will be without Harry Winks, who is struggling with an ongoing ankle injury.
Defenders, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose are still out with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
Other than those three absentees, Pochettino has no new injury concerns to report.
Everton’s £27m signing, Cenk Tosun could make his Toffees debut here.
Centre back, Michael Keane is still out with a gashed foot alongside midfielder, Idrissa Gueye who has a hamstring problem.
December saw Tottenham turn their fortunes around after a tricky November by taking 13 points from six league games.
January however has seen them play three games in five days already, after their home clash with West Ham had to be rearranged from New Year Eve.
From two league games already in 2018, they earned four points and comfortably dispatched AFC Wimbledon in FA Cup last Sunday.
Kane meanwhile netted eight goals so will be tricky to keep quiet here, particularly given that he has netted five goals against the Toffees so far during Pochettino’s reign.
Only Alli and Christian Eriksen have also netted more than once against Everton since the Argentinean joined in Summer 14
Everton meanwhile took 12 points last month from six league games, but have lost their last three games in all competitions including their FA Cup exit in Merseyside derby.
- Tottenham are unbeaten in 23 of their 26 home clashes with Everton.
- Pochettino has avoided defeat against a side managed by Sam Allardyce in last four meetings, after drawing and losing the first two meetings when manager of Southampton in 2013-14.
- Christian Eriksen has three goals against clubs under Allardyce since Mauricio Pochettino arrived at Spurs
One sided affair?
If examine the per game average for Spurs at home to that of Everton’s away games, it looks like things could be one sided.
|Per game average||Tottenham Hotspur (home)||Everton (Away)|
|Shots on Target||6.55||2.73|
Spurs are much stronger in every department and way more restrained in making fouls.
What could very well be their undoing is that they waste an average of 14.54 shots if look at difference in shots average to those on target.
I am expecting Tottenham to attack a lot here but they need to be clinical and not waste as many shots as they do at home.
Everton’s poor goal average will however ensure just one winner here.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Everton
Jake predicts: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Everton
Result: Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Everton