Everton v Tottenham
David Moyes could be able to name an unchanged side for the third consecutive match but Phil Neville will once again be sidelined as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.
Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) has been out for the last month, while Victor Anichebe (hamstring) made his last appearance at Queens Park Rangers seven weeks ago.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says Gareth Bale will be unavailable after the Wales winger limped out of their win at Fulham last weekend with a hamstring complaint.
Scott Parker (Achilles) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) have recently returned to training following long-term absences. Parker played in a reserve game against Ipswich at the beginning of the week, although Villas-Boas feels Sunday’s fixture could come too soon for the Spurs skipper.
Last outing: 1-1 (a) Manchester City, Saturday 1 December
Last five: WLDDD
Everton find themselves on a three-match unbeaten run following consecutive 1-1 draws against Norwich City, Arsenal and Manchester City. A win against Tottenham would put the Blues back in the top four if West Bromwich Albion lose at Arsenal on Saturday.
Last outing: 3-0 (a) Fulham, Saturday 1 December
Last five: LDWWW
Tottenham have won three and drawn one since their humbling 5-2 loss at Arsenal in last month’s North London derby. They have won four times on their travels in the Premier League so far this season but have also suffered defeats at Manchester City and Norwich, as well as the aforementioned reverse at the Emirates Stadium.
1) Should Tony Hibbert play on Sunday, he will rise to 25th in the Club’s all-time appearances list, moving above Johnny Morrissey and Alex Young. The full-back has now played 314 matches for the Blues.
2) Everton will be looking to extend the unbeaten home run against Tottenham to six matches. The last five seasons have reaped two wins and three draws against the north London club.
3) Tim Howard is expected to make his 199th consecutive league appearance in the Everton goal.
Everton 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur, 10 March 2012
Nikica Jelavic’s first goal in an Everton shirt ensured David Moyes marked his 10-year anniversary in style. The Croatian scored with an instinctive first-time finish in the 22nd minute after Leon Osman’s surging run into the penalty area. Jelavic went on to notch 10 more times in the remaining two months of last season to finish the campaign as the Blues’ leading scorer.
Everton 4-1 Tottenham, 9 April 1995
Everton recorded a brilliant 4-1 win over Tottenham en route to lifting the FA Cup in the 1994/95 season. Spurs were dispatched at the semi-final stage as goals from Matt Jackson, Graham Stuart and a brace from substitute Daniel Amokachi sealed a memorable victory at Elland Road. The Londoners had been labelled favourites in the press before the game, prompting Everton boss Joe Royle to reportedly walk into his post-match press conference and say ‘sorry about the dream final’ to the awaiting journalists.
On 9 December 1989, Tottenham and Everton met in a top-flight fixture at White Hart Lane. Colin Harvey was the manager of the Toffees and Tony Cottee got his name on the scoresheet in a narrow 2-1 reverse. The Toffees were successful, however, on the same date in 1978. Birmingham were comprehensively beaten at Goodison Park with goals from Trevor Ross, Bob Latchford and Colin Todd firing Gordon Lee’s side to a 3-1 win.
Other famous names to have worn both the blue and the white shirt include Gary Lineker, Pat van den Hauwe, Vinny Samways, Richard Gough, Paul Gascoigne, Nick Barmby, David Ginola, Bobby Mimms and Simon Davies.
Defender Anthony Gardner had a loan spell at Goodison while a Tottenham player in 2008 but never made an appearance for the Toffees.
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Referee: Mr K Friend
Assistant Referee: Mr C Breakspear
Assistant Referee: Mr J Flynn
Fourth Official: Mr N Swarbrick
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Sunday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win: 11/10
Everton to win 1-0: 7/1
Jelavic to score first: 11/2
Fellaini to score the only goal of the game: 28/1