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Full Record of Spurs -v- Everton
 
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          18  11   4   3   36 - 23  37
Away          18   7   9   2   19 - 14  30
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Total(Prem)   36  18  13   5   55 - 37  67
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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)   36  18  13   5   55 - 37  67
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  146  54  46  46  225 -196 179
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs
 
Spurs      0-1   Wigan
West Brom  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Wolves
West Ham   1-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   A. Villa
Fulham     1-2   Spurs

Everton

A. Villa   1-0   Everton
Everton    3-3   Man Utd
Everton    0-1   Newcastle
Fulham     0-0   Everton
B'mingham  0-2   Everton
Everton    2-0   Liverpool

Pos         P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
5  Spurs    8  4  2  2 10-7   3  14
11 Everton  8  2  3  3  8-7   1   9
Another TV comeback may be required

There was a time when Everton must have been our favourite Premier League opponents, but their record against us has improved in recent years when they gained three consecutive league wins at White Hart lane between 2006 and 2008. We returned to traditional results last season though, beating them twice at The Lane in the Carling Cup and in the League. When we drew at Goodison Park in December 2009, we threw away a two goal lead, and the loss of two points was amongst those we feared might keep us out of the top four at the end of the season.

That was not the case though and the 2-1 win on 28th February was a tense affair in which Spurs took an early two goal lead with goals by in-form Roman Pavlyuchenko and Luka Modric, before Yakubu pulled it back in the 55th minute, and we had to hang on till the final whistle. Everton were enjoying better form at that time, and were making their own challenge for European football. They failed by one league place in the end, finishing two points behind Liverpool.

It's been a different season so far for "The Toffees", but they will have been mightily buoyed by their 2-0 win over Liverpool last week, which lifted them to the half way point in the table, after a poor start to the season, where it took them 7 games to get their first league win at Birmingham.

This week we provide the Saturday lunch-time football fix on Sky. Last season's game was also televised and with the assistance of Declan Mulcahy I have been having a look back at some previous games at home to Everton, in which we have made come-backs in front of the TV cameras.

For two seasons in a row 1992-93 (Turner) and 1993-94 (Caskey), Spurs won the game in the last minute. One or both of these games were televised. In September 1992, 17 year old Andy Turner was the hero for Spurs. At the time, he became the youngest ever Premier League player, and scored dan injury time winner, with a left footed shot past Everton's famous Neville Southall. Beardsley had opened the scoring for Everton and Paul Allen had only equalised ten minutes from the end, before Turner's famous moment come. Great hope was held for Turner, who managed 44 appearances and 5 league goals for Spurs before moving on to Portsmouth. Sadly his career faded to the point wher it ended at Northampton in 2002-03.

The following season Darren Caskey was the hero for Spurs in a 3-2 win. Caskey was only 19 at the time, and he was playing his first full match. Everton were looking for their first league win in 8 years at White Hart Lane and Paul Rideout headed them into the lead. Teddy Sheringham equalised just before the hour, but Gary Mabbutt (in his 500th game for the club) conceded a penalty, which was converted by Cottee. Anderton scored from a Sheringham cross, before Caskey became the late hero after Everton failed to clear a Sheringham shot. Caskey had several good years at Reading after leaving Tottenham, but was last heard of playing for non-league Ilkeston Town last season.

Another televised come-back came under the management of George Graham in August 1999, when we beat The Toffees 3-2. Ian Walker conceded two penalties by pulling down Francis Jeffers. Unsworth scored from the spot both times, and Walker survived, only getting a booking for the second penalty. Sherwood had equalised the first penalty, then Leonhardsen and Iversen scored in the last ten minutes to give Spurs a memorable win.

Spurs have made come-backs in various forms already this season. On Wednesday night of course we witnessed almost the greatest come-back of all, and earlier in the season there was the recovery from near disaster against Young Boys of Bern. In the league previous home games against Wolves and Villa come to mind. Hopefully a come-back will not be required tomorrow, but it's going to be another tough game.

We'll have Van der Vaart back in the fold, and Sandro is also in the squad. Ledley King is not yet fit. I think perhaps that Gareth Bale will get a game! Everton have a key player (Fellaini) absent, and Leon Osman has now been ruled out for 5 weeks. As always Tim Cahill will be the one to watch in a game I think Spurs will win 2-1.

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