Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, January 3 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: Everton 13/8 – Draw 12/5 – Spurs 11/10
Everton will hope the new year can inspire a turnaround of fortunes as they have only won one of their last six Premier League outings.
Roberto Martinez will feel hard done by as the Toffees have been playing some good football. Their 4-3 loss to Stoke on Monday typified their recent bad luck but they must pick back up quickly if they are to take anything from Sunday’s match.Embed from Getty Images
Spurs travel to Goodison Park as title contenders and are just four points off joint leaders Arsenal and Leicester. They sit in fourth place but there’s no doubt that supporters are now looking higher up the table after a fantastic first half of the campaign.
Tottenham have lost just twice in the first five months of the season and have the best defensive record in the top flight, having conceded just 15 in 19 matches.
Their recent record with Everton suggests they will keep another clean sheet on Sunday as Spurs have only conceded once in their last five clashes with the Toffees.
Everton haven’t beaten Spurs in the league since 2012. The reverse fixture this term saw the sides play out a tight 0-0 at White Hart Lane and this one is likely to be another close encounter.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has a number of injury worries heading into the new year. James McCarthy picked up a groin problem in the loss to Stoke and will miss out here, while Steven Pienaar, Bryan Oviedo, Tony Hibbert, Tyias Browning and Phil Jagielka remain out too. Tom Cleverley is a doubt and may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Tottenham will travel to Everton without Moussa Dembele, after the Belgian picked up an ankle knock in the win at Watford. Alex Pritchard and Clinton N’Jie are also sidelined through injury but those three are Mauricio Pochettino’s only worries heading to Merseyside.
Everton’s last five: D/D/L/W/L
Tottenham’s last five: D/L/W/W/W
Key Stat: Tottenham have only conceded one goal in their last five games against Everton in the Premier League, and are unbeaten in six against the Toffees.
Key Player: Dele Alli – The young English midfielder continues to impress with every game he plays in a Tottenham shirt and he now has one goal and two assists in his last three games. He’ll look to continue his fine run here.
Everton 1-2 Tottenham – This is likely to be another tight game between the two sides but with Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in great form, goals are to be expected. Tottenham’s fine run means they will expect to just edge what should be a fine game.