|DATE||Saturday 13th January 2018|
2. Morgan SCHNEIDERLIN
3. Leighton BAINES
4. Michael KEANE
5. Ashley WILLIAMS
6. Phil JAGIELKA
7. Yannick BOLASIE
9. Sandro RAMIREZ
10. Wayne ROONEY
12. Aaron LENNON
14. Cenk TOSUN
15. Cuco MARTINA
16. James McCARTHY
17. Idrissa GUEYE
18. Gylfi SIGURDSSON
19. Oumar NIASSE
20. Davy KLAASSEN
22. Maarten STECKELENBURG
23. Seamus COLEMAN
25. Ramiro FUNES MORI
26. Tom DAVIES
27. Nikola VASIC
29. Dominic CALVERT-LEWIN
30. Mason HOLGATE
31. Ademola LOOKMAN
33. Joel ROBLES
36. Luke GARBUTT
39. Conor GRANT
41. Mateusz HEWELT
43. Jonjoe KENNY
54. Beni BANINGIME
-. Henry ONYEKURU
-. Shani TARASHAJ
With new manager Sam Allardyce picking the team up from a lowly
position to top half, there is still much to play for at Everton.
Maybe not a European place after some slack performances that have
not seen them win since 18th December. They did draw with
Chelsea just before Christmas and Allardyce's tactics are probably
to keep things tight at the back and try and hit on the break, using
the pace of Lennon and Bolaise.
The Toffees underwent a period of change in the summer with Ronald Koeman bringing in quite a few new players and shipping out a lot of existing Blues. Such a massive churning of players was never going to gel a team together straight away and so it proved, with the Dutchman only lasting nine league games before being given no more time. Having beaten Koeman's side 3-0 at Goodison Park, early in the season, the new boss will make sure that they are not as open as on 9th September. Since then, they have lost Kevin Mirallis and Ross Barkley, but have gained Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, who was lined with Spurs for a while recently.
There may be issues at the back for Everton, with Funes Mori, Keane and Baines all missing, but Phil Jagielka proved himself still fit as ever, after leading a break out from a Liverpool corner to set up Gylfi Sigurdsson's goal and Ashley Williams is there, but he hasn't played well this season. Cuco Martina is good going forward, but is yet to prove his worth defensively, with talented prospect Mason Holgate getting a run of games, as is another youngster Jonjoe Kenny. Midfielder Beni Baningime has also been given some playing time by Allardyce, but Ademola Lookman, the forward they signed from Charlton Athletic, has been one who hasn't been playing. Quick and a good finisher, it is a bit of a surprise, as they don't score a lot of goals since Romelu Lukaku left and wasn't replaced. Sandro Ramirez (another Spurs target of the past) hasn't adapted fully to the Premier League and Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored a few, but not as many as Everton would have hoped for.
It is good to see Aaron Lennon playing again after his mental health issues earlier in the season and with former Palace man Yannick Bolasie being given a start these days after his serious injury, there is speed in the side, but others, such as Rooney, Sandro and McCarthy lack the pace to keep up with them and newcomer Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been given a leading role in the attack.
The midfield is solid rather than spectacular. Gueye, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Klaassen, Besic and Davies are all similar players, with little creativity to supply the front men. Rooney has also dropped back into the midfield, lacking the pace, but sometimes being able to pick out a killer pass. The manager is said to be looking at Theo Walcott as the player to unlock defences for his team..
Spurs will still be without Toby at the back, but Davinson Sanchez is proving a capable deputy, while Danny Rose's absence has been covered by Ben Davies and Harry Winks' injury coincided with Victor Wanyama's return, so perhaps the depth of the squad is paying off now. I think Pochettino would like to make a couple more signings during the transfer window, with some of our existing players being signed up on new deals to ensure some continuity to the project.
With Lamela back too, there
is competition for starting places again, but expect a strong
starting XI with Eriksen, Dele and Son, with Kane ahead of them.
The key to the game will be penetrating the midfield, which I expect
to be packed to make forward movement difficult. Hard work and
a good passing tempo would stretch Everton and with the heart of
their back four not always a disciplined as it should be, it should
allow Tottenham to find a way through, although they might not have
it all their own way.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 2 Everton 1|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Toby Alderweireld (hamstring), Danny Rose (knee) and Harry Winks are all out of the Everton match.
EVERTON TEAM NEWS :
The Toffees will be without Michael Keane (foot), Leighton Baines (calf), Maarten Stekelenburg (groin), Ramiro Funes Mori (cartilage) and Seamus Coleman (broken leg) for the Wembley meeting with Spurs.
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Saturday 13th January 2018
Kick off 17:30
Son 20m 04s
Kane 46m 50s
Kane 58m 51s
Eriksen 80m 45s
Jagielka (foul on Dele) 45
Rooney (foul on Vertonghen) 75
|Crowd : 76,251||Weather : Chilly|
|Referee : Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. L. Betts; Mr. D. Cook|
|Fourth Official : Stuart Attwell|
|Everton kicked off and played towards the West Stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 4 minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Everton :||kit|
Hugo LLORIS (c)
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Mauricio Pochettino||Manager : Sam Allardyce|
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Tottenham strode comfortably to a 4-0 home win over Everton, recoding their biggest win over the Toffees since Bill Nicholson's 10-4 victory in his first match in charge of the team in 1958. It could easily have been double figures with a better final ball and with Jordan Pickford not being in goal, but the win takes Spurs into fifth place, with a tough month to come and the importance of points in the bag were not lost on the team as they put in a very good display to blow Everton away.
New signing Cenk Tosun was
tossed in by Sam Allardyce to make his Everton debut, while
Pochettino reinstated most of the Spurs stars after the FA Cup tie
allowed him to rest some of them. Refreshed from their break,
they set about Everton from the kick off.
Everton were a team who
had no home because they gave it away to Liverpool, leading to the
Reds becoming the predominant side in their City and the Toffees
made their home in the St. Luke's Church fields taking succour from
the saint the church was named after - the patron saint of heavy
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Huddersfield Town||1||West Ham United London||4||Saturday|
|Newcastle United||1||Swansea City||1||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||2||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||Saturday|
|Manchester United||3||Stoke City||0||Monday|
|League Table 2017-18|
|11||West Ham United London||23||6||7||10||29||41||25||-12|
|16||Brighton & Hove Albion||23||5||8||10||17||29||23||-12|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||23||3||10||10||18||30||19||-13|
Position before match :
Position after match : 5th
Position after the weekend : 5th
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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