Head-To-Head: Tottenham Hotspur
See how three key Blues stack up against their Spurs foes.
Everton are looking to climb closer to the top of the Premier League table when Spurs visit Goodison Park on Sunday.
The Blues would leapfrog the north London outfit with victory this weekend.
Ahead of the game, resident expert and Blues legend Graeme Sharp assesses the key battles, with the help of Sky Sports reporter and Tottenham fan Michael Bridge.
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Sharpy says: "I think Kevin Mirallas is coming into a little bit of form recently. He started the season quite slowly but in the last few games he’s been very prominent in the way Everton play and the way they get forward so he is a threat. Townsend is somebody who’s come to prominence over the last few months. He’s shown recently what he’s all about; he’s very direct, he’ll run at people, he’ll come inside, and he'll take a shot at goal."
Bridge says: "It's fair to say he's shocked everyone inside Tottenham. At the start of the season, we signed Eric Lamela for a Club record £30million and right now he can't get in the side because of Townsend's rapid rise. He suffered quite a bad wrist injury against Hull last weekend but I expect him to play."
SOLID AS A ROCK
Sharpy says: "I think every week you want your defenders to perform and every week he’s an eight or a nine out of 10, he’s that good. He’s really settled in, not just to the Everton side, but he seems to have struck up a partnership for the England side with Gary Cahill as well and I think he’s a certain to go to the World Cup."
Bridge says: "Because Dawson hasn't been selected for England recently, he's been at Spurs all week, every week. Andre Villas Boas is very thorough in his match preparation and Dawson's reaping the rewards of that. He's a very popular member of the squad and has a very strong bond with Jan Vertonghen."
IN THE DUGOUT
Sharpy says: "People looked at Villas Boas' time at Chelsea and everyone was ready to write him off because it was such a short time but I think since he’s been at Tottenham he’s settled down, brought in the players that he wants to bring in and plays a decent brand of football. It was a big ask for Roberto to come in and change the way the team plays football compared to how they did under David Moyes, and that’s not to say Moyes didn’t play attractive football - but Roberto wants his team to pass the ball."
Bridge says: "The good thing about Villas-Boas is that after Chelsea, he could have gone back to Portugal and got another job there and won the league and whatever else - but he stayed in England and I think he showed a lot of guts to do that. He got a lot of criticism at Chelsea but he's taken on another big job and all in all he's done very well."