Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
White Hart Lane, London N17 - The World Famous Home of the Spurs
Sunday 28th February 2010, Kick Off 13:00
Premier League, Match 28 (27 for Everton)
Tottenham Hotspur: 4th in Premier League, 46 points from 81
Everton: 8th in Premier League, 38 points from 78
Referee: Steve Bennett
Assistant referees: Andy Halliday & Simon Long
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell
Tottenham Hotspur host Everton in the Sunday lunchtime Premier League fixture in what promises to be a mouth-watering feast of football between two clubs who are both enjoying a fine run of recent form. Spurs are fresh from an impressive 4-0 FA Cup win over Bolton Wanderers in which Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko scored twice, the first from a Luka Modric assist and the second from a Danny Rose assist and two own goals were scored by the Bolton keeper Jaaskelainen after a Wilson Palacios cross from the right and Bolton defender O'Brien from a Gareth Bale cross from the left. Everton lost 3-0 to Sporting Lisbon midweek in a UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match and were eliminated from the competition. Former Spurs player Pedro Mendes scored the second Porto goal.
Both teams won in the Premier League last weekend with Spurs coming out on top 3-0 at Wigan Athletic with a brace from Roman Pavlyuchenko and one from Jermain Defoe while Everton had an impressive 3-1 home win over Manchester United with goals from Bilyaletdinov, Gosling and Rodwell.
The clubs have already met twice this season with Spurs winning 2-0 at White Hart Lane in the League Cup fourth round with goals from Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane while the away League fixture at Goodison Park in December saw Spurs take a two goal lead through Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson only for Everton to snatch the draw with goals from Louis Saha and Tim Cahill.
Spurs have won 17 of the 35 Premier League games played between the two clubs with Everton winning 5 and 13 draws. In fact, Spurs have won more Premier League points (64) from Everton than from any other club.
Harry Redknapp will monitor the fitness of strikers Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch as he prepares the squad for Everton on Sunday.
‘JD' left the action at half-time in Wednesday night's FA Cup replay win against Bolton with a tight hamstring while ‘Crouchy' was unavailable for that game because of a foot injury. "We're not sure on those two at the moment," reported Harry on Friday. "We've got training today and Saturday morning and we'll wait to see how they are then."
David Bentley also departed Wednesday's action early but the midfielder is available for Sunday. "He had a tight groin but he came off only as a precaution," explained Harry. "He will be okay." Ledley King (thigh), Jermaine Jenas (groin) and Aaron Lennon (groin) remain sidelined. "Aaron has been to see another specialist and we're hoping with rest and strengthening he'll be back as soon as we can get him fit," said Harry. Vedran Corluka missed Bolton through illness and Wilson Palacios came off in the second half after feeling the effects of a virus. Vedran trained on Friday and it is hoped both will be in the frame for Everton on Sunday.On the virus, Harry said: "It hasn't disrupted us, we are still training as normal."
Everton defenders Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga are available after missing Thursday's Europa Cup defeat. Phil Jagielka may play a part after making his long-awaited return from injury, but Tim Cahill is still out. Everton have five players currently out injured: Senderos (Back), Cahill (Calf Muscle Strain), Anichebe (Back), Fellaini (Ankle/Foot) and Hibbert (Groin Strain).
• From 1992 to 2004 the Toffees managed just two wins against Spurs in the league, but they are unbeaten in their last five matches and have won on their last three league visits to White Hart Lane. In 17 seasons of Premier League encounters, Tottenham have won 17, Everton five and there have been 13 draws.
• None of the last eight league games between these sides have been won by the home team.
• Tim Howard has already saved two penalties in matches against Tottenham this season.
• The Lilywhites have kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 league games and five in a row at White Hart Lane. Their record in the Premier League is six, set last season under Harry Redknapp.
• Tottenham have not won in any competition since August having failed to score in the first half, a run of 31 games.
• Between them, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko have claimed 10 out of the last 12 goals Tottenham have scored in all competitions, the other two were own goals.
• The Toffees have lost only one of their last 12 league outings (a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool), but have won only one of their last seven away games in the league.
• Everton have managed to keep only only kept one clean sheet in their last nine league matches away from home.
• David Moyes's side have scored in 11 of their last 12 league games.
LAST MATCH LINE-UPS:
Tottenham Hotspur (W 4-0 Bolton Wanderers, FA Cup 5th Round Replay H)
Gomes, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Bassong, Bale, Bentley (Rose 70), Palacios (Kranjcar 60), Huddlestone, Modric, Defoe
(Gudjohnsen 45), Pavlyuchenko
Substitutes: Alnwick, Dervite, Kane, M'Poku
Goals: Pavlyuchenko 23 & 87, Jaaskelainen (og) 35, O'Brien (og) 47
Everton (L 0-3 Sporting Lisbon Agg 4-2, Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg A)
Howard, Baines, Yobo, Neville, Senderos (Jagielka 52), Bilyaletdinov (Rodwell 61), Donovan (Yakubu 73), Arteta, Pienaar, Osman, Saha
Substitutes: Nash, Coleman, Gosling, Anichebe
Yellow Card: Pienaar
MARK LAWRENSON'S PREDICTION (BBC):
To follow later.
Sunday afternoon's match will be the 165th meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.
Here are the results of the previous 164 matches with Spurs' score shown first:
22-Apr-1897 Friendly - H W 2 - 1 Lanham, Newbigging 01-Jan-1902Friendly - A L 1 - 3 Smith 06-Feb-04F.A. Cup 1 25,000A W 2 - 1 Woodward, Balmer og 07-May-05Tour - A L 0 - 2 (Match played in Vienna, Austria) 16-May-05Tour - A L 0 - 1 (Match played in Prague) 11-Jan-08F.A. Cup 1 21,000A W 0 - 1 05-Jun-09Tour - A D 2 - 2 Tull, Middlemiss (Match played in Palermo, Argentina) 19-Jun-09Tour - A L 0 - 4 (Match played in Palermo, Argentina) 04-Sep-09Division 1 20,000A L 2 - 4 Minter, Middlemiss 08-Jan-10Division 1 24,000H W 3 - 0 Steel R, Middlemiss (2) 01-Sep-10Division 1 22,000A L 0 - 2 17-Apr-11Division 1 20,000H L 0 - 1 02-Sep-11Division 1 25,000A D 2 - 2 J McTavish, Young 30-Dec-11Division 1 24,500H L 0 - 1 02-Sep-12Division 1 22,000H L 0 - 2 01-Jan-13Division 1 30,000A W 2 - 1 Minter (2) 22-Nov-13Division 1 22,000H W 4 - 1 Bauchop, Bliss (2), Middlemiss 28-Mar-14Division 1 15,000A D 1 - 1 Sparrow 02-Sep-14Division 1 9,000H L 1 - 3 Cantrell 01-Jan-15Division 1 17,000A D 1 - 1 Bliss 12-Mar-21Division 1 30,000H W 2 - 0 Archibald, Seed 27-Apr-21Division 1 23,000A D 0 - 0 25-Feb-22Division 1 34,871H W 2 - 0 Wilson, Dimmock 15-Mar-22Division 1 30,000A D 0 - 0 04-Sep-22Division 1 24,262H W 2 - 0 Seed, Bliss 01-Jan-23Division 1 20,000A L 1 - 3 Lindsay 12-Apr-24Division 1 14,606H L 2 - 5 Walden, Lindsay 19-Apr-24Division 1 20,000A L 2 - 4 Lindsay, Raitt og 13-Sep-24Division 1 35,039H D 0 - 0 17-Jan-25Division 1 30,000A L 0 - 1 12-Sep-25Division 1 37,506A D 1 - 1 Dimmock 23-Jan-26Division 1 22,805H D 1 - 1 Thompson 28-Aug-26Division 1 28,324H W 2 - 1 Blair, Osborne 15-Jan-27Division 1 35,986A W 2 - 1 Blair, Dimmock 01-Oct-27Division 1 7,716H L 1 - 3 Townley 11-Feb-28Division 1 29,149A W 5 - 3 O'Callaghan (4), Dimmock 25-Oct-30Division 2 25,265A L 2 - 4 Smy (2) 16-Mar-31Division 2 30,205H W 1 - 0 Harper 21-Oct-33Division 1 35,082A D 1 - 1 Evans W 13-Jan-34F.A. Cup 3 45,637H W 3 - 0 Howe, Hunt GS, Evans W 03-Mar-34Division 1 26,121H W 3 - 0 Hunt GS (3) 25-Aug-34Division 1 50,586H D 1 - 1 Hall GW 29-Dec-34Division 1 25,851A L 2 - 5 McCormick, Hall AG 20-Feb-37F.A. Cup 5 57,149A D 1 - 1 McCormick 22-Feb-37F.A. Cup 5 Replay 46,972H W 4 - 3 Meek, Morrison (3) 11-Feb-50F.A. Cup 5 72,921A L 0 - 1 11-Nov-50Division 1 47,125A W 2 - 1 Baily, Medley 31-Mar-51Division 1 46,651H W 3 - 0 Walters, Bennett, Murphy 04-Dec-54Division 1 31,554H L 1 - 3 Baily 09-Apr-55Division 1 42,219A L 0 - 1 17-Sep-55Division 1 42,851A L 1 - 2 Walters 21-Jan-56Division 1 37,119H D 1 - 1 Smith R 25-Dec-56Division 1 27,761H W 6 - 0 Medwin, (2), Harmer (pen), Smith R (2), Stokes 26-Dec-56Division 1 20,172A D 1 - 1 Robb 09-Nov-57Division 1 39,999H W 3 - 1 Brooks, Smith R, Harmer (pen) 05-Apr-58Division 1 30,149A W 4 - 3 Smith (2), Clayton (2) 11-Oct-58Division 1 37,794H W 10 - 4 Ryden, Medwin, Harmer, Smith R (4), Stokes (2), Robb 28-Feb-59Division 1 36,782A L 1 - 2 Jones 21-Nov-59Division 1 39,432H W 3 - 0 Jones (pen), Harris og, King og 09-Apr-60Division 1 57,959A L 1 - 2 Jones 20-Aug-60Division 1 50,393H W 2 - 0 Smith R, Allen 17-Dec-60Division 1 61,052A W 3 - 1 Mackay, White, Allen 04-Nov-61Division 1 54,234A L 0 - 3 24-Mar-62Division 1 47,343H W 3 - 1 Jones, White, Greaves 01-Dec-62Division 1 60,626H D 0 - 0 20-Apr-63Division 1 67,650A L 0 - 1 26-Oct-63Division 1 65,386A L 0 - 1 07-Mar-64Division 1 41,923H L 2 - 4 Allen, Dyson 29-Aug-64Division 1 55,148A L 1 - 4 Jones 19-Dec-64Division 1 41,994H D 2 - 2 Greaves (2) 09-Sep-65Division 1 40,022A L 1 - 3 Mullery 01-Jan-66Division 1 36,953H D 2 - 2 Knowles, Saul 22-Mar-67Division 1 50,108A W 1 - 0 Greaves 27-Mar-67Division 1 46,917H W 2 - 0 Mullery, Gilzean 23-Aug-67Division 1 53,809H D 1 - 1 Gilzean 29-Aug-67Division 1 57,790A W 1 - 0 Saul 17-Aug-68Division 1 56,570A W 2 - 0 Greaves, Chivers 08-Mar-69Division 1 44,882H D 1 - 1 Morgan 17-Dec-69Division 1 28,494H X 0 - 0 (Match Abandoned 29th minute, floodlight failure) 11-Mar-70Division 1 27,764H L 0 - 1 14-Mar-70Division 1 51,533A L 2 - 3 Gilzean, Bond (pen) 28-Nov-70Division 1 44,301A D 0 - 0 30-Jan-71Division 1 42,105H W 2 - 1 Gilzean, Chivers 06-Nov-71Division 1 40,005H W 3 - 0 Pratt, Chivers (2) 26-Feb-72F.A. Cup 5 50,511A W 2 - 0 Gilzean, Peters 01-Mar-72Division 1 21,601A D 1 - 1 Peters 16-Dec-72Division 1 31,129A L 1 - 3 Neighbour 24-Feb-73Division 1 27,427H W 3 - 0 Gilzean, Chivers, Pearce 03-Nov-73Division 1 37,827A D 1 - 1 Perryman 30-Mar-74Division 1 19,839H L 0 - 2 09-Nov-74Division 1 29,052H D 1 - 1 Chivers 01-Feb-75Division 1 40,912A L 0 - 1 10-Dec-75Division 1 18,638H D 2 - 2 Pratt, Duncan 24-Feb-76Division 1 18,126A L 0 - 1 30-Oct-76Division 1 26,047H D 3 - 3 McAllister, Osgood (pen), Pratt 26-Mar-77Division 1 32,549A L 0 - 4 30-Dec-78Division 1 44,572A D 1 - 1 Taylor 05-May-79Division 1 26,077H D 1 - 1 Ardiles 24-Nov-79Division 1 31,079A D 1 - 1 Jones 19-Apr-80Division 1 25,245H W 3 - 0 Miller, Ardiles, Galvin 01-Nov-80Division 1 26,223A D 2 - 2 Archibald (2) 04-Apr-81Division 1 27,208H D 2 - 2 Galvin, Crooks 19-Sep-81Division 1 31,219H W 3 - 0 Hughton, Roberts, Hoddle (pen) 30-Jan-82Division 1 30,709A D 1 - 1 Villa 04-Sep-82Division 1 30,563A L 1 - 3 Archibald 03-Jan-83Division 1 28,455H W 2 - 1 Gibson (2) 19-Feb-83F.A. Cup 5 42,995A L 0 - 2 17-Sep-83Division 1 29,125H L 1 - 2 Falco 21-Jan-84Division 1 17,990A L 1 - 2 Archibald 25-Aug-84Division 1 35,630A W 4 - 1 Falco, Allen C (2), Chiedozie 03-Apr-85Division 1 48,108H L 1 - 2 Roberts 26-Aug-85Division 1 29,750H L 0 - 1 01-Feb-86Division 1 33,178A L 0 - 1 05-Feb-86SSS Cup SF 1L 7,548H D 0 - 0 04-Mar-86F.A. Cup 5 23,338H L 1 - 2 Falco 19-Mar-86SSS Cup SF 2L 12,008A L 1 - 3 (a.e.t) Falco 27-Sep-86Division 1 28,007H W 2 - 0 Allen C (2) 11-May-87Division 1 28,287A L 0 - 1 05-Sep-87Division 1 32,389A D 0 - 0 09-Mar-88Division 1 18,662H W 2 - 1 Fairclough, Walsh 03-Dec-88Division 1 29,657A L 0 - 1 22-Apr-89Division 1 28,568H W 2 - 1 Walsh (2) 22-Aug-89Division 1 34,402A L 1 - 2 Allen 09-Dec-89Division 1 29,374H W 2 - 1 Stewart, Lineker 18-Nov-90Division 1 23,716A D 1 - 1 Howells 24-Apr-91Division 1 21,675H D 3 - 3 Allen, Mabbutt, Nayim 05-Oct-91Division 1 29,505A L 1 - 3 Lineker 25-Apr-92Division 1 36,340H D 3 - 3 Stewart, Minton, Allen 05-Sep-92FA Prem 26,503H W 2 - 1 Allen, Turner 10-Feb-93FA Prem 16,164A W 2 - 1 Mabbutt, Allen 03-Oct-93FA Prem 27,487H W 3 - 2 Sheringham, Anderton, Caskey 26-Mar-94FA Prem 23,460A W 1 - 0 Sedgley 24-Aug-94FA Prem 24,553H W 2 - 1 Klinsmann (2) 17-Dec-94FA Prem 32,813A D 0 - 0 09-Apr-95F.A. Cup SF 38,226ER L 1 - 4 Klinsmann (pen) 22-Oct-95FA Prem 33,629A D 1 - 1 Armstrong 02-Dec-95FA Prem 32,894H D 0 - 0 24-Aug-96FA Prem 29,669H D 0 - 0 12-Apr-97FA Prem 36,380A L 0 - 1 29-Nov-97FA Prem 36,670A W 2 - 0 Vega, Ginola 04-Apr-98FA Prem 35,646H D 1 - 1 Armstrong 29-Aug-98FA Prem 39,379A W 1 - 0 Ferdinand 28-Dec-98FA Prem 36,053H W 4 - 1 Ferdinand, Armstrong (3) 14-Aug-99FA Prem 34,539H W 3 - 2 Sherwood, Iversen, Leonhardsen 15-Jan-2000FA Prem 36,144A D 2 - 2 Armstrong, Ginola 05-Sep-00FA Prem 36,010H W 3 - 2 Rebrov (2, 1 pen), Ferdinand 13-Jan-01FA Prem 32,290A D 0 - 0 20-Aug-01FA Prem 29,503A D 1 - 1 Anderton 19-Jan-02FA Prem 36,056H D 1 - 1 Ferdinand 17-Aug-02FA Prem 40,120A D 2 - 2 Etherington, Ferdinand 12-Jan-03FA Prem 36,070H W 4 - 3 Poyet, Keane (3) 04-Oct-03FA Prem 36,137H W 3 - 0 Kanoute, Poyet, Keane 09-Apr-04FA Prem 38,086A L 1 - 3 Carr 02-Oct-04FA Prem 38,264A W 1 - 0 Pamarot 01-Jan-05FA Prem 36,102H W 5 - 2 Marney (2), Ziegler, Mendes, Keane 15-Oct-05FA Prem 36,267H W 2 - 0 Mido, Jenas 15-Apr-06FA Prem 39,856A W 1 - 0 Keane (pen) 26-Aug-06FA Prem 35,540H L 0 - 2 21-Feb-07FA Prem 34,121A W 2 - 1 Berbatov, Jenas 14-Aug-07FA Prem 35,716H L 1 - 3 Gardner 30-Jan-08FA Prem 35,840A D 0 - 0 30-Nov-08FA Prem 35,742H L 0 - 1 09-May-09FA Prem 36,646 A D 0 - 0 27-Oct-09Lge Cup R435,843H W 2 - 0 Huddlestone, Keane 06-Dec-09FA Prem34,003A D 2 - 2Defoe, Dawson
LAST TIME WE MET...
EVERTON 2-2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Goodison Park, Premier League, Sunday 6th December 2009
Everton fought back from two goals down to earn a point with Tottenham, who missed an injury-time penalty. Jermain Defoe slotted in the opener at the near post, and Michael Dawson made it 2-0 with a diving header. Louis Saha volleyed in from eight yards to start Everton's comeback and Tim Cahill equalised when he stooped to head in Leighton Baines's cross. Defoe had a chance to win it after Wilson Palacios was fouled but Tim Howard saved the striker's spot-kick.
It was a dramatic finale to a fine second half that swung one way and then another, but Spurs will be kicking themselves for throwing away a two-goal lead. The Londoners had looked to be cruising to victory - and third place in the table - after producing the more creative football for much of the afternoon. But Everton's never-say-die attitude paid off, and Howard's heroics meant the Toffees avoided a fourth consecutive league defeat. At times it was not a pretty match to watch, with Tottenham's Benoit Assou-Ekotto taking a combative approach to the game which failed to hide his poor form, and he was subsequently taken off at half-time.
While he was on the field, the left-back managed to get involved in a flare-up with Marouane Fellaini and Cahill as the game threatened to boil over. Fellaini and Peter Crouch also appeared to exchange elbows as the amount of aggression on display easily surpassed the flair.
Defoe was lively, though, and was unlucky with a shot on the turn that went just wide, while Howard did just enough to stop the England striker when he was almost clean through and denied him with a save on another occasion. And in Aaron Lennon, Spurs had the only other player on the pitch who looked really capable of producing something incisive.
Lennon's crossing was particularly accurate, but his team-mates failed to get on the end of them. At the other end, Jo made room for a shot after a smart turn but he dragged his effort wide. Shortly after the break, Everton paid the price for again failing to deal with a Lennon cross, as Defoe darted to the near post and slotted the ball past Howard. Defoe then turned provider as he set up Crouch, who was inches away from converting as Howard superbly tipped the striker's low shot around the post.
But the visitors soon got their second goal when Dawson dived to head in Niko Kranjcar's cross. Now it seemed Tottenham could ease to to victory - and substitute Gareth Bale was close to making it 3-0 with a curling free-kick. But Everton fought back and right-back Seamus Coleman, who had replaced the injured Joseph Yobo early on, crossed for Saha to score with a crisp volley. The home side began to play with a new sense of urgency and pressed forward with purpose, for the first time in the match.
They were almost rewarded when Saha sent a stunning over-head kick narrowly wide of the upright. Tottenham were not to escape, though, and when Baines's cross came in, Cahill was on hand to nod home. Yet there was to be a final twist in the tale as Tony Hibbert clattered into Palacios and conceded a penalty in the second minute of injury time. In-form striker Defoe stepped to take the kick but Howard pulled off an excellent stop to earn Everton a point.
Everton manager David Moyes:
"I thought we deserved a bit of luck and the goalkeeper helped it. The players had worked incredibly hard and had got stuck in. We tried to get something and because of that we earned some good fortune when it came around. I thought when it went to two each if anyone was going to make it 3-2 it was going to be us rather than Tottenham."
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp:
"We had control, we were 2-0 up and we couldn't see any danger. But suddenly they got a goal back, and Everton came on strong. We had a great opportunity to win the game with the last-minute penalty but it wasn't to be. It's frustrating, we threw away two points today."
Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Yobo (Coleman 15), Neill, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Pienaar, Fellaini, Rodwell (Yakubu 62), Jo (Saha 62)
Substitutes: Nash, Shane Duffy, Agard, Baxter
Yellow Cards: Baines, Cahill, Fellaini, Rodwell
Goals: Saha 78, Cahill 86
Gomes, Corluka, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto (Bale 46), Lennon, Huddlestone, Palacios (Hutton 90+4), Kranjcar (Jenas 88),
Substitutes: Alnwick, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Keane
Yellow Cards: Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Huddlestone
Goals: Defoe 47, Dawson 59
Referee: Marriner, Attendance: 34,003