Spurs take on Everton at their White Hart Lane stadium this Saturday. Tottenham’s allowance of a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Leicester over the weekend, and the result was on par with their 2-2 draw with Stoke City in which they let a two-goal advantage slip with just 15 minutes to play.
Ryan Mason seems to be quite confident about his team, as he told the team’s website: “You can’t say we’re not scoring goals because in our last home game against Stoke we got two and then at Leicester we scored again,” Mason said.”It’s just about being a bit stronger when we take the lead and seeing out games. “Obviously we got a goal late on [against Leicester], but then to concede so quickly is disappointing and something we’ll look to improve on next time.”
And with Everton on the horizon, the England international is confident Tottenham will get the job done.
“We’re confident ahead of Everton now. Although we’ve let two leads slip in the last two games, we firmly believe that if we take the lead we’ll keep it next Saturday.”
The Toffees, on the other hand, are coming back from a 0-2 defeat against league-leaders Manchester City at Goodison Park last Sunday. Roberto Martínez’s team could not handle the firepower of Manchester City, who have never allowed a single goal from their opponents while scoring eight goals, after three games.
Eriksen’s knee injury is still a problem, whereas Townsend is expected to return this Saturday and will hopefully recover from his ankle injury. Meanwhile, Spurs are also rumoured to be signing £22m-rated Bayer Leverkusen player Song Hueng-min.
The Toffees are said to have rejected John Stones’ transfer request. Also, their 5-3 victory against Barnsley in the Capital One Cup match, is sure to make them want to continue that winning streak. Hibbert, Gibson and Pienaar are still injured and are expected to recover around mid-September.
- The first meeting came in April 1897 in an end of season friendly match at Tottenham Marshes which Spurs won 2-1. Everton were founder-members of the Football League and had just finished 7th in the First Division while Spurs were in the Southern League and had finished 4th.
- A further friendly was played at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day 1902 which Everton won 3-1.
- The clubs’ first competitive match came in the old First Round (today’s Third Round) of the FA Cup in February 1904 at Goodison Park which Spurs won 2-1 with a Vivian Woodward goal and an own goal from Everton’s Balmer.
- Both clubs embarked on a central European tour in the summer of 1905 and met twice with Everton winning both matches 2-0 in Vienna and 1-0 in Prague.
- A second FA Cup meeting came in January 1908 with Spurs losing 1-0 at Everton.
- At the end of that season, both Spurs and Everton set sail for a tour of South America and played two exhibition matches in Palermo, Argentina with the first game drawn 0-0 and Everton winning the second 4-0. On the voyage home, Spurs ‘borrowed’ the ship captain’s parrot who lived happilly for a decade at the Tottenham offices in the High Road until it dropped dead the day news came through that Arsenal had stolen Spurs’ First Division place in 1919.
- The first Football League meetings came in the First Division in the 1909-10 season with Everton winning 4-2 at Goodison and Spurs winning 3-0 at the Lane.
LEAGUE HEAD TO HEAD
2014/2015 24th May: Everton 0 – 1 Spurs
2014/2015 30th Nov: Spurs 2 – 1 Everton
2013/2014 9th Feb : Everton 0 – 1 Spurs
2013/2014 3rd Nov: Spurs 0 – 0 Everton
2012/2013 7th April: Everton 2 – 2 Spurs
2012/2013 9th Dec: Everton 2 – 1 Spurs
TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS: Harry Kane
Recently, there have been a lot of talk about how Kane’s form last season was merely an “over-achievement”, and that it is highly likely that he would not get back to that form anymore. It wasn’t until a 1-2 home defeat to Stoke in early November of last year that coach Mauricio Pochettino even made Kane a regular starter. However, to state that his performance was just a result of overachievement, is not right. Kane is an extremely skilled forward and he will be looking to set things right by playing well in this game.
EVERTON: Ross Barkley
It’s no mystery as to why there’s a sense of hope when Ross Barkley picks up the ball. In a central position and running at defence, he’s open to a lot of choices. Pace, power and the ability to go in either direction. Even against Barnsley, Barkley was in really good form. To avoid Spurs from getting an advantage, Barnsley will need to move quickly among the opposition and ensure that he gets the ball.
My prediction is a 1-0 win for the Spurs, as Spurs will be desperate to get a victory and Everton might not be able to stop the forces of Harry Kane.
Tottenham Hotspurs to win is at 21/20 by William Hill
Everton to win is at 3/1 by PaddyPower