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With 8 games already played so far this weekend we turn our attention to #SuperSunday with Fantasy owners backing strikers Lukaku and Soldado to get in amongst the goals this afternoon!!
Everton Vs Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday November 3rd,1.30pm
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Having been tipped for a long season of struggles by many experienced ‘pundits’, Everton sit in a commanding 7th place just 7 points off leaders Arsenal, with a game in hand. They come into Sunday’s mouth-watering tie off the back of an impressive run of form which has seen them win five of their last 6 outings. Spurs lie one place and a single point above their Premier League rivals having won on four of their last five occasions, although their form in doing so has come under scrutiny. Having only scored nine times this term including three Roberto Soldado penalties, their fans have often left White Hart Lane disappointed with the lack of fire power on display.
Everton will be hosting on Sunday brimming with confidence, having gone on one of the most impressive runs of form in their recent history. In doing so they’ve turned Goodison Park into one of the most feared grounds to visit in the country, having won twenty-four of their last thirty-one outings, losing on just two occasions. Tottenham though have now remarkably won their last five consecutive away games in all competitions, leaving them with no reason to doubt their ability to leave Merseyside with at least a share the spoils.
In the corresponding fixture last term, Everton ended the tie as victors after one of the most dramatic finishes to a game of the season. Two last minute goals, firstly from Steven Pienaar, followed by Nikica Jelavic cancelled out Clint Dempsey’s earlier long range effort. Whilst at White Hart Lane they shared the spoils, with Everton leaving the disappointed party on this occasion after Kevin Mirallas’ superb solo effort was cancelled out by a late equaliser.
Roberto Martinez will have to decide whether to recall Leon Osman, who may not be the most popular figure amongst Everton fans, although he was the match winner last weekend. His cameo thirty minute appearance proved to be the difference on the weekend, as Everton defeated Aston Villa 2-0, as he notched an assist then a goal in quick succession. Ross Barkley was substituted on that occasion, he may be the man to make way after his blistering start to the season has begun to slow down, a couple of games out the lime light may do the young man the world of good. Other than that Everton will be expected to start with the same XI that has been at the heart of their excellent recent form.
Andre Villas Boas has been very public in his slamming of Spurs fans following their Victory over Hull last weekend, whilst Moussa Dembele has blamed the size of the pitch. It’ll be a relief for them to be the bookies outsiders for once, as the away team which has suited them far better this season. As the hosts Spurs have often failed to cope with teams ‘camping’ at White Hart Lane, whilst AVB has been criticised for possessing ‘no plan B’. Roberto Soldado is expected to keep his place as the lone striker, having notched his third penalty of the season, whilst leading goal scorer Defoe should continue from the bench.
Against FC Sheriff, Spurs looked ominous defensively, which will be a worry for AVB as he tries to contain Everton’s fearsome Belgium frontman Romulu Lukaku. It also seems AVB doesn’t know what he best defence is yet, which hasn’t been aided by a host of injuries. Everton on the other hand have an extremely settled back four, although have conceded in four of their last five. The game should suit Spurs more as the away side compared to the weekend, as Everton will press them leaving them open to a wealth of pace on the counter attack. Although it is extremely hard to look past Everton coming away from Goodison Park with at least a share of the spoils, as they offer one of the most formidable home records across Europe’s elite leagues.
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