Everton v Tottenham: Match and Stats Preview

Everton v Tottenham: Match and Stats Preview

Saturday’s clash between Everton and Tottenham is their 40th Premier League meeting and 150th league clash. The home side are full of confidence, due to their eight match unbeaten run, with just two defeats in 15. The visitors will travel with confidence, knowing Everton have won just six of the other 39 Premier League meetings. However, it is over five years since Tottenham last won at Goodison Park. Since Tottenham’s win on 21st February 2007, there has been a rare Everton victory and three draws.

Everton dismal home defeat to Bolton is proving a turning point with Everton unbeaten in their last five at home. Tamworth, Blackpool, Manchester City and Chelsea left defeated, whilst strugglers Blackburn earned a point. Before their capitulation at the Emirates, Tottenham were unbeaten in their last three away games with draws at Anfield and Stevenage following a cup win at Watford. Everton’s last league outing was a disappointing 1 – 1 draw at QPR; Tottenham were unfortunate to lose 3 – 1 at home to Manchester United.

The return of key midfielder Scott Parker will boost the visitor’s midfield. Parker, returning after a one-match ban, offers a protective screen in front of the back four. His defensive presence allows Modric, van der Vaart, Lennon and Bale to create.

Managers expect defensive midfielders to excel in defensive aspects and Parker does just that. Unsurprisingly, the England captain comes out on top in terms of tackling; nobody has attempted more, this season. Parker is vital to Tottenham’s passing game with attacks often starting with him. This is clear by his number of attempted passes; his passing accuracy is a big advantage to Spurs’ attacking style.

Two of Parker’s main traits are his work rate and eagerness to win possession. His 60 interceptions, this season, is testament to that – only Assou-Ekotto (68) can better that for Spurs. However, these traits often prove to be his downfall. Leading the way in terms of fouls conceded and yellow and red cards are a problem; discipline issues can make him a liability. His tackle success rate (69%) is low, given his position; Everton’s leading midfielder Marouane Fellaini has a tackle success rate of 87%. Parker adds a lot to Tottenham’s midfield but he needs to be more aware of his tackling and positional discipline.

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Drenthe Vs Bale

Everton and Spurs differ greatly, this season, in terms of performances with Everton suffering their customary slow start. However, the sides have one thing in common; fast wingers. Royston Drenthe and Gareth Bale do very little, in terms of defending. The other side is what they offer; lightning pace, an eye for a goal and a continuous attacking threat.

 

Whilst Bale is a first team regular at Tottenham, Drenthe often has to settle for the role of impact sub. However, there is not much to separate the two, as Drenthe comes out on top in several categories with others closely contested. Many regard Bale, as one of the world’s best; Drenthe is some way short of that. However, Drenthe is a big positive for Everton and his current form warrants a regular starting place. Ironically, Drenthe could miss out, thanks to Bale, as David Moyes looks to neutralise Bale’s threat down the Everton right.

Everton’s injuries are clearing up with only Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar unavailable. Gibson’ knee injury keeps him out and Pienaar misses out due to the terms of his loan. Phil Jagielka, Victor Anichebe, Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell are pushing for recalls, after playing for the reserves in midweek.

Tottenham are waiting to find out how bad Aaron Lennon’s hamstring injury is. Michael Dawson is out after picking up a serious knee injury in midweek. Spurs will check on Louis Saha’s knee before the game, as he returns to his former club. Tom Huddleston remains a long-term absentee. Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart featured in midweek, after recent injuries, and are likely to start.

Everton will be looking to improve their good, recent home form against Tottenham with the visitors aiming to beat their 5-year drought at Goodison Park. The Toffees’ confidence is high and they will be after a fast start, especially with Spurs gaining just four points from losing positions. Tottenham will be aware of the fact that they have only lost three times at Goodison Park since 1992.

Tottenham are the league’s leading scorers in the opening 15 minutes with Everton the leading scorers in the last 15 minutes. This is an evening kick-off that promises a lot; Everton raise their game against the better teams and Tottenham are a constant threat. ESPN have the television rights for this one; some Saturday night entertainment that is actually worth watching.

Match Facts

Tottenham have won just 2 of the last 9 league meetings with Everton

Only Wigan (23) have scored less than Everton (27)

Only Manchester City (19), Liverpool (23) and Manchester United (27) have conceded less than Everton (28)

Everton have scored 70% of their goals in the second half – a league high

Everton’s next defeat will be David Moyes’ 150th as Everton manager

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