Spurs v Everton
It will be a rather patched up Everton team on show at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
Phil Jagielka (knee), Tim Cahill (groin), Leon Osman (foot), Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Tony Hibbert (groin) all missed the FA Cup win over Tamworth, while Seamus Coleman hobbled out of the game with a recurrence of a thigh injury.
It remains unclear whether any of those players will recover in time but, on the plus side, Marouane Fellaini and Royston Drenthe both made comebacks against the non-leaguers and should feature again.
Spurs, meanwhile, have lost William Gallas (calf) and Ledley King (hamstring) to injury. Sandro is also out but Scott Parker should return from his knee problem.
SPURS: WWDWD. Cheltenham (h), FA Cup, won 3-0; West Brom (h), won 1-0; Swansea (a), drew 1-1; Norwich (a), won 2-0; Chelsea (h), drew 1-1.
Everton: WLWDW. Tamworth (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Bolton (h), lost 2-1; West Brom (a), won 1-0; SUnderland (a), drew 1-1; Swansea (h), won 1-0.
- The Blues have lost only one of their last five Premier League outings at White Hart Lane, the sides drawing 1-1 last season with Leighton Baines netting for the Toffees.
- Everton won the last meeting between the two teams a year ago, a 2-1 win at Goodison with strikes from Louis Saha and Seamus Coleman.
- David Moyes and Harry Redknapp have met 17 times as managers, with the Scott leading 8-4 on the head-to-head record.
- David Moyes reaches 450 matches as Eveton boss on Wednesday, and requires one more win to reach 150 for the Toffees in the Premier League.
Everton winger LANDON DONOVAN: "I think the team struggled a bit against Bolton in the week. We were a little better against Tamworth but will need a big effort against Tottenham. They are playing really well at the moment and deserve to be right up near the top of the league. It is probably as difficult a game that I will play while over here, but it will be nice to go back to White Hart Lane and hopefully we can come away with a good result.”
Spurs boss HARRY REDKNAPP: "You aren’t going to rip teams every week. You’ve only got to look at some of the results over the holidays,” he said. “Blackburn won at Man United, Sunderland beat Man City and Fulham beat Arsenal. There are no easy games for anyone in this league. We’ve got some tough games coming up. Everton will come here and be hard to beat, that’s a really difficult one.”
Everton 2 Spurs 1 (Jan 5, 2011): Everton pulled off a superb victory under lights at Goodison. Louis Saha gave the Blues the perfect start as he smashed home from the edge of the box, but Spurs equalised through Rafael van der Vaart and got on top with Luka Modric the puppet master. But back came Everton in what was an absorbing contest and Seamus Coleman's diving header sealed the win.
Spurs 1 Everton 3 (Aug 14, 2007): The Blues' storming start to this match blew Tottenham away in the first half. Joleon Lescott, who would go on to enjoy a fine season in front of goal, put them ahead after just three minutes. Anthony Gardner levelled but Everton were the better team and Leon Osman restored their lead. And when Alan Stubbs drilled home a free-kick on the stroke of half-time it well and truly knocked the stuffing out of Spurs.
This week we have put together a team of players to have played for both Everton and Tottenham. We have gone for a 3-5-2 formation with Bobby Mimms getting the nod in goal ahead of Espen Baardsen.
At the back Anthony Gardner’s brief loan spell (he never played a first team game but we’re short of defenders) at Goodison gets him a game, but he could feel a little bit overawed next to Richard Gough and Pat Van Den Hauwe.
Vinny Samways anchors the midfield with Simon Davies wide right and David Ginola providing some flair on the left. Paul Gascoigne lines up in the centre of midfield with vintage schemer John Bell a player from the early 20th century. Nick Barmby gets a run out in the hole behind goal poacher extraordinaire Gary Lineker.
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