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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Everton v Spurss - 06.12.09

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Everton
 
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          17  10   4   3   34 - 22  34
Away          17   7   8   2   17 - 12  29
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Total(Prem)   34  17  12   5   51 - 34  63
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   54  25  16  13  107 - 67  72
Away(Div 1)   54  10  17  27   60 - 88  38
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Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    1   1   0   0    1 -  0   2
Away(Div 2)    1   0   0   1    2 -  4   0
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Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
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Total(Prem)   34  17  12   5   51 - 34  63
Total(Div 1) 108  35  33  40  167 -155 110
Total(Div 2)   2   1   0   1    3 -  4   2
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Grand Total  144  53  45  46  221 -193 175
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Everton

Bolton     3-2   Everton
Everton    1-1   A. Villa
West Ham   1-2   Everton
Man Utd    3-0   Everton
Hull       3-2   Everton
Everton    0-2   Liverpool

Spurs

Bolton     2-2   Spurs
P'tsmouth  1-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Stoke
Arsenal    3-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   S'derland
Spurs      9-1   Wigan
A. Villa   1-1   Spurs

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
3  Spurs   14  8  2  4  33-19 14  26
16 Everton 14  4  3  7  17-25 -8  15
Remember Spurs - he who dares does (win that is)

In case you hadn't noticed, Everton have got problems. They might have qualified this week for the knock-out stage of the Europa Cup, but in doing so they added to their crippling injury list, where at the time of writing 11 players are listed.

Their on-loan Brazilian Manchester City striker Jo was one of the three players (the others were Gosling and Distin) who got knocks against AEK Athens. Of the three Jo may be the favourite to make this game, as Gosling and Distin sustained hamstring injuries, whereas Jo's was reported as a knock to his knee.

Yobo, Rodwell and Osman are also on that injury list, but each of them may make Sunday's game. As per their recent Carling Cup defeat at White Hart Lane, there are definite high profile absentees such as midfield star Arteta, and central defender Phil Jagielka, not forgetting Phil Neville.

As a result of his booking against Liverpool last week, Dutch midfielder John Heitinga will be suspended for this game.

Whilst David Moyes clearly has a tale of woe to tell and to use as an excuse in case of defeat, we should not get caried away, as "The Toffees" will still have the likes of Cahill, Pienaar and Fellaini available to them in midfield, and Saha and Yakubu up front.

Everton also have possibly the longest named player in the Premier League - Russian Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, who scored their winner in Athens. So with Jo, maybe that's a record of the longest and shortest names in the league!

Everton might be considered one of two teams missing the same player. I refer to Joleon Lescott who was signed by Man City, and who has yet to reproduce the form that attracted the big money men to him. Man City away is one of the games that Everton still have to re-arrange, but they have already played a game that was due to be played in two weeks time (Hull away) due to their Europa Cup commitment. Having lost that game, Everton will be just as desperate to win our game, as they were last week against Liverpool.

I thought that in the Mersey Derby, Everton played better in the early stages when they were in a 4-5-1, when Jo worked incredibly hard, with Fellaini and Cahill supplying and supporting him. That might be Moyes' preferred formation against Spurs.

As for Spurs, there will remain some doubt about the fitness of Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate, whilst Luka Modric is apparently not quite ready. Otherwise we should be strong and raring to go, after a tepid performance in the Carling Cup at Old Trafford. That means Aaron Lennon playing where he belongs - on the right, and Niko Kranjcar offering the balance, together with the skills in his armoury to provide for Harry Redknapp's chosen front two which must be Defoe and one other.

All that is needed surely is for Spurs to be reminded of the club motto (Audere est Facere - To Dare is To Do), and of the fact that he who dares does indeed win. Whatever happens this week-end Spurs will probably hold on to their top four place, but if they truly aspire to be there at the end of the season, this is a game they need to win. Let Everton find the points they need another time. I think Spurs can and will win this one - 2-0.

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