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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Everton, 07.04.13

Last Season's Corresponding Game - Spurs 2 Everton 0 - 11th January, 2012
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Everton
 
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home          20  12   5   3   39 - 24  41
Away          21   7   9   5   21 - 19  30
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Total(Prem)   41  19  14   8   60 - 43  71
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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)   41  19  14   8   60 - 43  71
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  151  55  47  49  230 -202 183
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs

Spurs      2-1   Newcastle
West Ham   2-3   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Arsenal
Liverpool  3-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-1   Fulham
Swansea    1-2   Spurs

Everton

Everton    3-3   A. Villa
Man Utd    2-0   Everton
Norwich    2-1   Everton
Everton    3-1   Reading
Everton    2-0   Man City
Everton    1-0   Stoke

Pos          P   W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
3. Spurs    31  17  6  8  53-38  15   57
6. Everton  30  13 12  5  47-35  12   51

Wing backs anybody?

Manager of the month David Moyes' Everton will fancy his team's chances against injury-hit Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow for various reasons.

Firstly, there is the obvious absence of Spurs' (and arguably the Premier League's) star player Gareth Bale due to his ankle injury on Thursday night. Spurs have by no means been a one-man team as some allege this season (Jan Vertonghen won the March Player of the Month award), but Bale has inevitably been a talisman, with 22 goals in all matches and 17 goals in the Premier League, making him our clear top scorer and third behind only Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie.

Spurs will also have to cope without right winger Aaron Lennon, and second top scorer Jermain Defoe, so with Adebayor struggling for form, it is a worry where the goals are going to come from for the home side tomorrow. Time for Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson to step up, I think.

Everton will also point to their own form, with four wins in the last five games, all of which have been at home. The one game they lost was a massive disappointment to the club and their ultra partisan fans, who fancied their chances in this year's FA Cup, but saw a disastrous 3-0 home defeat by Wigan on 9th March. Everton bounced back magnificently from that set-back to beat Manchester City 2-0 in an outstanding performance, before a less exciting win against Stoke last week.

Everton have, in recent years, also consigned their former hoodoo against Spurs to history. They used to have a dismal win record against us, but have beaten us three times in our last four meetings. Those wins have all been at Goodison Park, but they won three White Hart Lane fixtures on the trot between August 2006 and November 2008.

Everton's belief in their own chances of Champions League football is founded on the fact they still have to play Spurs, Arsenal, and Chelsea in the run-in. All three of those games are away though. A win against Spurs tomorrow would put them just three points below us, with a game in hand.

All this confidence from "The Toffees" exists despite the enforced absence of two of their star players Marouane Fellaini and one-time, short-term Spur Steven Pienaar. Both are serving the second and final match of their suspensions, following recent dissciplinary sanctions. Fellaini reached the 10 bookings mark before the end of March, and Pienaar got a second red card of the season. Both those sendings off were for two yellow cards in a match.

Fellaini has been Everton's top scorer this season, with 11 league goals, followed by Jelavic with 7. Jelavic however has been out of touch and somewhat out of favour in the latter part of the season, although he scored a dramatic goal in added time against Man City, having only just come off the bench.

A win for Spurs is as vital as ever, and with those missing key players, it's going to be difficult to achieve. AVB's team selection is going to be equally difficult, and should be interesting. I was thinking back to that game at The Emirates in November. I won't dwell on the result, but at half-time Villas-Boas made a radical switch to play with a three man central defence and wing-backs. On that occasion, the wing-backs were Lennon and Bale, and they did little defending. Perhaps tomorrow, AVB could play with Dawson, Caulker and Vertonghen at the back, and Walker and Assou-Ekotto as wing-backs. Where will we get the sort of width any team thrives upon otherwise?

AVB's selection dilemma makes it all the more difficult for Moyes to prepare his outfit. Gylfi Sigurdsson has shown flashes of good form all season, and especially recently for club and country. He might benefit from some Bale-like freedom.

It should be a great game, and the result will give us a clear indication as to what our short-term future holds. Despite our short-comings of form and player availability, I am going for Spurs to edge it 2-1, and continue the challenge for Champions League football!

Tomorrow's referee will be Andre Marriner, whose only game in charge of us this season was the 3-1 home win against West Ham.

10 years ago, Spurs beat Birmingham 2-1, thanks to late goal by Gus Poyet.

10 years ago this week-end, Charlton lost 6-1 at home to Leeds.

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