|DATE||Sunday 3rd November 2013|
Sixth meet seventh as Spurs visit Goodison Park to play Everton, who
have a very good home record these days. Over the last few
years our good record against Everton has become a little worse and
the two very late goals conceded at Goodison last season undid all
the good work that going 1-0 up had achieved.
Roberto Martinez having taken over from David Moyes, the Spaniard is looking to put his stamp on the team, as before they were a team who thrived on hard work, but Martinez will be looking to make them the smooth passing side in the style of those that he carved out at Swansea City and Wigan Athletic. He has made some signings that have marginalised some players that Moyes brought in, while making the inspired loan signing of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who is a huge physical threat to any defence. He has height, power and a deft touch, so will be a handful for the Tottenham back four. With other attacking options in Nicita Jelavic, Steven Naismith and Gerard Deulofeu, Martinez has a choice of who to play. Much is talked about when Deulofeu is mentioned, as his background is with Barcelona, but he has been used sporadically, although he is another skilful player, who can make and take chances. Naismith is often preferred with his high work rate a major asset, but as he showed in the Chelsea match, he can pop up in the box to score. Jelavic was on a hot scoring streak when he arrived, but has since gone off the boil.
Tim Howard's goalkeeping powers have been bolstered by a bushy beard, which he believes helps him, but if a swarm of bees made a home in it, there may be an adverse effect on his abilities. As it is, he is a brave keeper, but he does have a rush of blood every now and then. Reserve keeper Joel Robles came with Martinez from Wigan and he looked a bit dodgy in his days with the Latics.
Leighton Baines looked a dead cert to join Manchester United like his fellow Toffee Marouane Fellanini, but he has stayed at Goodison and has been playing well for Everton and England. An over-lapping full back, he can put in good crosses, but also possesses a fearsome shot from open play or dead ball situations. With the experienced, but slow, Sylvain Distin partnering England international Phil Jagielka in the middle of the back four, there could be a soft centre if exposed to pace, but that would mean someone coming in off the wing from Tottenham's point of view, but they could be worked to pull them out of position. Tony Hibbert is a stalwart at right back, but another who lacks a turn of pace, while Heitinga is also not as young as he used to be, but that doesn't stop him going into tackles he might not make. Youngster John Stones is being nursed through into the first team and a prodigious England youth player, he is seen as one for the future. Seamus Coleman holds down the left back slot, with an eye to getting up the line to join in the attack and he is another who will arrive in the box unannounced.
Midfield usually consists of Kevin Mirallis, Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and Gareth Barry. Barry is on loan from Manchester City, so is trying to get playing time to secure a place in the England team for next year's World Cup finals. He has been playing well and has shored up the defensive midfield, with Ross Barkley and James McCarthy more interested in the attacking side of the game, while Mirallis is almost an out and out winger, who can cut into produce problems, but he is also a good runner through the line at the right time. Our high line will need to watch this. Energetic forward support player Leon Osman has been relegated to the substitute's bench on occasion and also there is former Spurs midfielder Steven Pienaar, who possesses a lot of skill on the ball, but didn't really get an opportunity to show it at White Hart Lane for Tottenham.
Spurs will have to work hard to match Everton's industry and Sandro and Paulinho will need to put in a big shift, while Capoue may be called on from the bench to add some ball winning properties to the side at some stage. With the match likely to be tight, as neither side score freely, the use of the ball to Lennon and/or Townsend (more likely to be just Andros), with Sigurdsson on the other flank, as he works harder, will be key to how the match goes. We need to peg Coleman and Baines back, with our side men needing to work up the line to prevent them the space to attack.
With both sides keen to stay at the top of the chasing bunch, I think that they will be have to be content with a final result that ends all square, even though they both would want to win.
|PREDICTION||Everton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs will be without Danny Rose (toe), Nacer Chadli (hamstring) and Emmanuel Adebayor (match fitness), with Kyle Naughton doubtful with a leg injury picked up against Hull on Wednesday.
EVERTON TEAM NEWS :
Antolin Alcaraz is still out, although on his way back from a hernia operation and Aruna Kone's knee injury keeps him sidelined with Darron Gibson out with the same problem. Apostolos Vellios has a knock that will make him unavailable for the Spurs game, while Johnny Heitinga has recovered from a muscle injury to be ready for selection.
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|Everton 0 (0) Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 3rd November 2013 Kick off 13:30
Howard (dissent) 6
McCarthy (foul on Vertonghen) 17
Mirallis (dissent) 49
Lukaku (foul on Lloris) 78
Paulinho (foul on McCarthy) 68
|Crowd : 38,378||Weather : Sunny, mild|
|Referee : Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. G. Beswick; Mr. J. Flynn|
|Fourth Official : Mr. R. Madley||-|
|Everton kicked off and played towards the Gwladys Road end in the first half.|
|Playing time : - 90 mins + 10|
|Everton :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
21 Leon OSMAN
Ross BARKLEY 63)
17 Romelu LUKAKU ( 7 Nikica JELAVIC 86)
9 Roberto SOLDADO
|Manager : Roberto Martinez||Manager : Andre Villas-Boas|
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What looked to be a close contest on paper turned out to be a game of two halves, neither of which could separate the two sides in a 0-0 draw.
Everton kept their substitutes
in from the last game, while Spurs reverted to the tried and tested
XI to try and break the Toffees' good home run. The sun shone
down at the start of the game and the expectancy buzzed around the
ground after the well-observed minutes' silence for those who fell
in the defence of our country.
In the 56th minute, Walker's run across from his right back position fed Vertonghen and the Belgian played the ball into the penalty area for Paulinho. As he tried to turn, he was blocked by Distin, who twisted his knee in the process, but was able to carry on. Keeper Tim Howard was lucky, when, under no pressure, he kicked the ball straight at Holtby, but the ball bounced to an Everton player.
With 65 minutes gone, substitute Ross Barkley hit a rising left foot drive over the top, as Everton snapped back at Spurs with a sharper start to the second half. When there was a reverse of the penalty claim in the first half, with Vertonghen going in on Coleman and the Irishman going down, at least Friend was consistent and failed to point to the spot. Chiriches was forced to clear a difficult ball into the six yard box and then Dawson did well challenging Lukaku as McCarthy's low cross came in from their right wing. Sigurdsson had Tottenham's first effort of the second half after he had come off the bench, but Howard punched it clear with 75 minutes gone.
For the second game running,
Spurs had a serious injury concern, with Lloris laid out by Lukaku,
who followed through and kneed Hugo in the head. The French
keeper had a Led Zeppelin moment (dazed and confused), but like
Townsend against Hull, he fought to stay on, despite medical advice
and the Everton crowd's reaction did them little credit, as they
booed him and abused AVB on the touchline.
For a lot of the game Everton
were poor. Passes went astray and their movement was poor, making
penetration difficult. But, even when they came forward with more
purpose in the second half, there were few worrying moments for
Tottenham, with only a couple of crosses giving concern.
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|Manchester City||7||Norwich City||0||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||2||Crystal Palace||0||Saturday|
|West Ham United||0||Aston Villa||0||Saturday|
|Cardiff City||1||Swansea City||0||Sunday|
|11||West Bromwich Albion||10||3||4||3||10||10||13||0|
|15||West Ham United||10||2||4||4||8||8||10||0|
Position before match :
Position after match : 4th
Position after the weekend : 4th
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