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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Everton, 05.03.17

Last season's game - Spurs 0 Everton 0, 29.08.15
This season's away game - Everton 1 Spurs 1, 13.08.16
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Everton
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          24  14   7   3   44 - 27  49
Away          25   8  12   5   24 - 21  36
Total(Prem)   49  22  19   8   68 - 48  85
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   54  25  16  13  107 - 67  72
Away(Div 1)   54  10  17  27   60 - 88  38
Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   1   0   0    1 -  0   2
Away(Div 2)    1   0   0   1    2 -  4   0
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
Total(Prem)   49  22  19   8   68 - 48  85
Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
Grand Total  159  58  52  49  238 -207 197

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WDDWLW

Spurs      4-0   West Brom
Man City   2-2   Spurs
S'derland  0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   M'brough
Liverpool  2-0   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Stoke

Everton    -    WWDWDW

Everton    4-0   Man City
C. Palace  0-1   Everton 
Stoke      1-1   Everton 
Everton    6-3   B'mouth
M'brough   0-0   Everton 
Everton    2-0   S'derland

Pos           P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Spurs     26 15  8  3  50-18  32   53
7. Everton   26 12  8  6  42-27  15   44

Spurs will need to be at their best this week

As is the case with our meetings with the other five Premier League ever-presents in the second half of this season, this will be our 50th Premier League match against Everton. Spurs have their best record of all those matches against other ever-presents against Everton, averaging a very healthy 1.73 points per Premier League game played. Our last three games against Everton have been draws, but we haven't lost any of the last 8 games. Everton's last win against us was in December 2012.

It will be Sunday football for Spurs in all their three games being played this month, and Sky's 1.30pm cameras could be in for a treat this week. Over the last 6 games, Everton are unbeaten and in better form than Spurs, although we go into this match on a high after that scintillating first half performance last week against Stoke.

The current top seven in the Premier League table surely matches pre-season expectations, with Ronald Koeman's side safe in seventh place whatever the result on Sunday. Everton started the season very well, winning four consecutive league games after our opening day draw on 13th August. The "Toffees" had a dip after that with only two wins in their next twelve games. They lost the Liverpool derby on 19th December, but their only defeat since then was at home to Leicester in the Third Round of the FA Cup. Spurs will need to be at their best this week.

Koeman's January additions to his squad included Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United. Koeman knew Schneiderlin's qualities in his first season at Southampton of course, and the French International midfielder has slipped straight into the team. Another signing was 19 year old Ademola Lookman from Charlton. Lookman is being used sparingly, but had a dream debut at Goodison Park, coming on in the 90th minute against Man City, then scoring his first goal to make it a 4-0 win for his new side.

Everton's top scorer (and equal top premier League scorer with Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez) is Romelu Lukaku with 17 league goals, four of which came in Everton's recent trouncing of Bournemouth. Everton have a settled side in recent games, despite missing summer signing Yannick Bolasie, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury before Christmas, and is not expected to make a return before next year. Besic is another absentee, but he is a squad man really. Former Spurs man Aaron Lennon, now 29, is getting little game time this season. His only 90 minute games this season have been against Yeovil in the EFL Cup, and in the Liverpool derby match. Aaron didn't even make the bench last week.

This week Everton are mourning the passing of their former player Alex Young at the age of 80. Alex Young was a Scottish International who would have played alongside Dave Mackay when at Hearts, but he was an Everton legend, making his debut against Spurs in December 1960, utimately scoring 87 goals in 273 Everton appearances. Young won an FA Cup and League Championship medal in his time at Goodison Park, and it was our own Danny Blanchfower who christened him "The Golden Vision". Dave Mackay was one of Spurs scorers in Young's debut game which was a 3-1 away win for the future Double winners.

It is imperative that Spurs win this game, as Man City have brought forward their home game against Stoke, to be played next Wednesday. That game was scheduled to be played on quarter-final week-end next week. City are away to Sunderland after our game on Sunday, so you have to fancy them to get 6 points this week, thus reclaiming second place. Hopefully the view that both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen were withdrawn as a caution last week will be borne out. Otherwise, I can't see the Spurs team being different from that which beat Stoke so well last Sunday. I am going for a 2-0 win for Spurs, who are, of course, unbeaten at White Hart Lane this season!

Match referee Michael Oliver will be in charge of his fourth Spurs game this season. The previous games were Crystal Palace (H), Chelsea (A), and Watford (A). Mr Oliver remains one of the most highly regarded officials in the country, and is kept busy on the UEFA list also.

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. 6 years ago this week-end we remembered Dean Richards, and drew 3-3 at Molineaux.

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