Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, May 24 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Everton 5/4 – Draw 13/5 – Tottenham 19/10
The Toffees have won six of their last nine games (D1, L2), including last weekend’s 2-1 win away at West Ham, although they did suffer a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Sunderland in their last game at Goodison Park.
Roberto Martinez has secured a mid-table finish for his side but will certainly be looking to kick-on and challenge for European places next season.Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham come into the game off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win at home to relegation strugglers Hull. That victory was the only win in their last four games (D1, L2).
Mauricio Pochettino‘s side have only won two of their last seven Premier League games but Spurs do boast the fourth best away form in the division.
A win for Tottenham would secure qualification for the Europa League but they could still qualify for Europe even if they lose, providing Southampton lose away at Manchester City.Embed from Getty Images
If Spurs lose and Southampton win, then the North London side will finish seventh and will be relying on the outcome of the FA Cup final to see what their fate will be.
If Tottenham were to finish seventh and Aston Villa beat Arsenal in the final, the Lilywhites would miss out on the Europa League – an outcome some fans may be in favour of given the detrimental affect the competition has on performances in the league.
Everton will be without the injured Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo, Antolin Alcaraz and Darron Gibson. Tony Hibbert, Sylvain Distin and Steven Pienaar could return to the squad, while Aaron Lennon is ineligible to play against his parent club.Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham will be without Emmanuel Adebayor who has returned to Togo on compassionate leave, while Ben Davies is injured. Michel Vorm and Kyle Walker are both doubts.
Everton’s last five: W/W/L/L/W
Tottenham’s last five: W/D/L/L/W
Key Stat: Tottenham haven’t won a Premier League game away at Everton since February 2007 (D4, L3).
Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The big Belgian forward will be looking to finish the season well in front of the Goodison faithful. He’ll fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet.Embed from Getty Images
Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Everton have nothing but pride to play for, while Tottenham have Europa League qualification at stake but may not view that as a huge priority. A draw seems likely with four of the last seven meetings at Goodison Park ending level between these two sides.