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Goodison Park | 10th March 2012 17:30

Everton v Tottenham

Team News (new)

Phil Jagielka, Victor Anichebe, Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell all featured for the reserve team in midweek as they continue their comebacks from injury. On-loan midfielder Steven Pienaar is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Tottenham have a concern over winger Aaron Lennon, who limped off during their FA Cup replay win over Stevenage. Defender Michael Dawson looks to be definitely out after suffering ligament damage in the game, while Louis Saha hopes to shake off a knee injury in time to face his former club.

Form (new)

Everton: DWWDWW. QPR (a), drew 1-1; Blackpool (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Chelsea (h), won 2-0; Wigan (a), drew 1-1; Manchester City (h), won 1-0; Fulham (h), won 2-1.

Tottenham: WLLDWD. Stevenage (h), FA Cup, won 3-1; Manchester United (h), lost 3-1; Arsenal (a), lost 5-2; Stevenage (a), FA Cup, drew 0-0; Newcastle (h), won 5-0; Liverpool (a), drew 0-0.

Match Stats (new)

1) Leighton Baines and Sevilla's Jesus Navas have made 43 accurate crosses (not including corners) this season - the joint most in Europe's top 5 leagues.

2) Everton have conceded the second fewest penalties in the Premier League in the last three seasons - just eight since the start of the 2009/10 campaign. Wigan and Arsenal have conceded the most in that time, giving away 21 and 20 spot kicks respectively.

3) Spurs have not won on any of their last four visits to Goodison Park.

4) Tottenham have scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes than any other Premier League team this season, netting 10 times.

5) Everton have scored the highest percentage of second half goals in the Premier League, netting 70 percent of their total tally after the interval.

What They Say

Everton's Leon Osman on the upcoming matches against Spurs, Liverpool and Sunderland: "It's certainly a tough run of games but one we've earned and deserved and we'll look forward to them and hope to get the results that we want. We've enjoyed these little runs previously, but we can't say we've done it in the past so it's going to happen this time. We've got to go out there and take each game individually on its own merits and put in the performances we have been in the last few weeks."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp after the 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United: "We're still in pole position. I still fancy us to finish third. That 10-point lead has suddenly become four points and we've got some hard games to come. We go to Everton and we've got Chelsea away. It's going to be tight but I'd still rather be where we are than Arsenal. We're four points in front and we've still got a big chance. I'm looking to finish third, not fourth."

Last Meeting (new)

January 11, 2012. Tottenham 2-0 Everton. Goals in either half condemned Everton to defeat at White Hart Lane. Firstly Aaron Lennon seized possession and netted cooly with 34 minutes played, before a deflected 30-yard thunderbolt from full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto flew past Tim Howard just after the hour mark.

Classic Match (new)

December 6, 2009. Everton 2-2 Tottenham. The Blues produced a rousing late fight-back to take a point from their clash with Spurs. After Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson had each scored following the half time interval, Louis Saha smashed home Seamus Coleman's cutback to give the hosts hope with 13 minutes remaining. Then, with just three minutes left on the clock, Tim Cahill dived to direct a dangerous ball goalwards and beyond Heurelho Gomes to level.

Us And Them (new)

With January's deadline day drama, the list of players that have played for both Everton and Spurs increased. Here's a full XI...

Espen Baardsen starts in goal behind a back three of Pat Van Den Hawe, Richard Gough and Anthony Gardner.

In midfield, Steven Pienaar joins an already-talented quartet of Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Simon Davies and Nick Barmby.

Up front is a dangerous duo as Gary Lineker partners the most recent connection between the two clubs, Louis Saha.

Ticket Info (new)

Tickets for Saturday’s match against Spurs at Goodison Park are still available. Call 0871 663 1878 or click here to secure your place.

Betting (new)

Official Betting Partner 188BET have chosen their Top Five Betting Picks of the week. They are:

Everton to win @ 2.75 (7/4)
Everton to win the first half @ 3.40  (12/5)
Everton to draw 2-2 @ 15.00 (14/1)
Nikica Jelavic to score first @ 8.00 (7/1)
Denis Stracqualursi to score first @ 8.50 (15/2)

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