Andre Villas-Boas takes his in-form side to Goodison Park.
Tottenham travel to Goodison Park off the back of three straight Premier League wins and come up against an Everton side who have struggled for form in recent weeks. Andre Villas-Boas is without Gareth Bale and may opt to play Clint Dempsey, who hasn’t been all that effective since his summer move to White Hart lane, in a wide role on the left hand side of the Spurs midfield.
David Moyes will hope that both Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic return to the form that helped Everton start the Premier League season so strongly. The Toffees are undefeated at home but have drawn three of their last four matches at Goodison Park so this may give Tottenham cause for optimism as they look to cement their spot in the top four.
Venue Goodison Park
Last season Everton 1 Tottenham 0
Referee Kevin Friend
This season’s matches 8 Y28, R1, 3.62 cards per game
Odds Everton Evens Tottenham 13-5 Draw 12-5
Subs from Mucha, Heitinga, Coleman, Barkley, Francisco, Gueye, Mirallas, Vellios, Duffy, McAleny, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger
Doubtful Coleman (knock), Mirallas (hamstring)
Injured Anichebe (hamstring, 15 Dec), P Neville (knee, Jan)
Form guide DDDLWD
Disciplinary record Y27 R1
Leading scorer Fellaini 8
Subs from Cudicini, Friedel, Gomes, Falqué, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend, Fredericks,Carroll
Injured Parker (achilles, 16 Dec), Assou-Ekotto (knee, 22 Dec), Bale (hamstring, 22 Dec), Kaboul (knee, 26 Dec), Dawson (hamstring, unknown) Suspended None
Form guide WWWLLL
Disciplinary record Y21 R2
Leading scorer Defoe 9
Tottenham have not won at Goodison Park in five attempts since a 2-1 win in February 2007.
In the top flight, Everton have conceded the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of games (six), Tottenham the fewest (none).
Everton have drawn seven of their last nine Premier League games.
They are unbeaten in their past 11 league matches at Goodison Park.
Marouane Fellaini has scored five goals in his last five Premier League matches. With eight goals so far this season, he is the top-scoring midfielder in the Premier League.
Tottenham have only kept one Premier League clean sheet away from home so far.
Spurs have conceded 23 Premier League goals this season. Only five other teams have conceded more.
If Premier League games had ended at 80 minutes this season, Tottenham would be top.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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