Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Roberto Martinez revealed on Wednesday that Gerard Deulofeu could return against Tottenham and will be 'assessed' in the days leading up Sunday's contest.
The jet-heeled Spaniard has missed the last 10 games since injuring a hamstring in the 4-1 victory over Fulham nearly two months ago.
Likewise, Seamus Coleman could also resume full-back duties this weekend after recovering from a similar problem.
The Republic of Ireland right-back was on the bench in last Saturday's 2-1 win against Aston Villa and is poised to come back into contention after getting another week's worth of training under his belt.
An ankle strain is expected to again keep Romelu Lukaku out, while Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo are all long-term injury absentees. Meanwhile, time will tell whether new signing Lacina Traore will be fit enough to make his much-anticipated debut.
Midfielders Erik Lamela [thigh] and Sandro [calf] are set to miss out for Tottenham, though Andros Townsend is in line for a return.
The England winger has been sidelined for two months but is now ‘champing at the bit’ after regaining full fitness, according to Tim Sherwood.
The Spurs boss, who also expects to have Mousa Dembele back available, said: “We’re positive on Andros and he has a chance (for Everton), he’s up for selection. He’s champing at the bit to return.
“Dembele’s fine. He’s back out training again and he’s in the frame to start against Everton.”
Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor could spearheard the hosts' attack again having both started together in the 1-1 draw against Hull City last Saturday.
Everton have the opportunity to put four points between themselves and Tottenham this Sunday and victory could even catapult the Blues back into fourth position, should Liverpool lose at home to Arsenal in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.
The Toffees haven't won on any of their last five trips to White Hart Lane – the last triumph was in November 2008 when the game was decided by Verdran Corluka's own goal - but they will be hoping to capitalise on Spurs' distinctly average home form in the Premier League this season.
The North London outfit have already suffered four home league defeats this term and were mauled 5-1 by Manchester City in their previous match at the Lane. They suffered a similar hammering by Liverpool in December [5-0], while West Ham [3-0] and Newcastle [1-0] have also recouped maximum points on trips to this particular area of North London this term.
However, Tottenham's results have generally improved under Sherwood, who took control when Andre Villas-Boas was axed in mid-December. They have taken 17 points from a possible 24 since the 44-year-old was appointed, initially on a temporary basis.
Last Saturday, Spurs came from a goal down to record a 1-1 draw at Hull's KC Stadium. On the same day, Everton also cancelled out a first-half deficit before going on to beat Aston Villa at Goodison Park.
Kevin Mirallas was the hero last weekend after scoring a superb late free-kick, and the Belgian was also on target in the meeting at White Hart Lane last April, netting a skillful solo goal as both clubs shared four goals.
The 2-1 success over the Villans on Saturday saw Everton notch their 300th Premier League victory and a number of further milestones could be reached if the Blues make it back-to-back victories this Sunday.
A win would not only mean Everton chalk-up another precious three points in their quest for European football but it would also be their 50th – home and away – in the league against Spurs.
The Blues need two more goals to reach a half-century under Roberto Martinez, while Sylvain Distin is now just one game away from making 150 top-flight appearances for the Club.
The corresponding fixture on Merseyside at the start of November ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw. Spurs shaded the first half and Everton bossed the second but it was a day for defences at Goodison.
The closest Martinez's side came to scoring was when Seamus Coleman appeared to be decked inside the area by Jan Vertonghen, only for referee Kevin Friend to decide otherwise.
In fact, the main talking point of the day was the antics of Hugo Lloris. The French keeper took a blow to the head when colliding with Romelu Lukaku in the second half and the hesitation in whether to substitute him or not resulted in a staggering nine minutes of stoppage time.