2018-19 Premier League: Week 38 – Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton

Tottenham Hotspur enters the final day of this Premier League season as favourites for a top four finish as they welcome Everton to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

A point is all that Spurs need to secure at least fourth or should they lose, Arsenal needs an eight goal swing in their favour to snatch fourth away from their North London rivals. 

 

Team news

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Tottenham will be without Jan Vertonghen after the Belgian defender suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday’s away win over Ajax. 

Victor Wanyama (thigh) and Danny Rose (hamstring) both face late fitness tests ahead of this game. 

Juan Foyth and Son Heung-min both start three match bans and join Harry Kane (ankle), Harry Winks (groin) and Davinson Sanchez (thigh) on sidelines. 

Everton will be without Dominic Calvert-Lewin nor Richarlison to a respective knock and rib injury. 

Seamus Coleman (groin) is a doubt as Andre Gomes returns from a three match ban. 

 

Form

Tottenham enter this game with just one win in their last four league games, of which all were settled by 1-0 results to the winning side. 

Everton meanwhile have lost just two of their last ten games, taking 20 points of which seven came away from Goodison Park. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 12 clashes with Everton across all competitions (W7, D5). 
  • Christian Eriksen has scored once in each of his last three appearances against Everton with absent Harry Kane the only player to score more in that time, netting on six occasions. 
  • Spurs have avoided defeat in their last nine home league games against Everton (W6, D3) since losing 1-0 in November 2008 to a Steven Pienaar strike. 
  • One sweeper clearance here will see Everton’s Jordan Pickford equal his 16 sweeper clearances from last season. 
  • Hugo Lloris and Pickford have faced five penalties each with the latter making three saves for Everton compared to the Frenchman’s two for Tottenham. 

 

Prediction

With several key players unavailable, I can see Tottenham’s depth being tested here by Everton who themselves are without some key players. 

This is therefore a hard one to predict because Everton have struggled against Spurs in recent years but with a lack of game changers for either side, I am going for a draw which would suit both teams. 

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Everton

Jake predicts: Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton

Result: Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton

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