Tottenham travel to Goodison Park on Sunday to face Everton hoping to continue their impressive form and make a statement about their objectives this season.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has insisted this week that he considers Spurs as a title contender, and has bemoaned his side’s tough start to 2016, as reported by Sky Sports.
Having put together a three-game winning streak, the visitors will certainly be full of confidence ahead of facing the Toffees, as their run of form has enabled them to break into the Premier League top four.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are four points adrift of joint league leaders Arsenal and Leicester City, and have lost just once in their last 18 league games to put themselves in the mix.
While the former Southampton boss continues to control expectations, it remains to be seen how his targets change given the lack of consistency around his side.
Martinez has been left particularly impressed with the young, athletic nature of the Spurs squad which he believes is deep enough and has enough room for improvement to kick on in the second half of the season and emerge as a contender.
However, he will be desperate to deal them a title blow on Sunday as Everton have been anything but consistent in recent weeks.
Conceding goals at home has been a specific problem, as despite their clean sheet and victory over Newcastle United sandwiched in between, Martinez’s men have lost 3-2 and 4-3 to Leicester and Stoke City respectively in their last two outings at Goodison Park.
That has contributed to them falling out of the top half of the table, and so unless they are able to find a way to correct that problem, Martinez could be under increasing pressure in the coming weeks.