Tottenham’s chances of climbing to 7th in the league took a big hit last Thursday as they succumbed to a 3:1 defeat to fellow Europe hopefuls Sheffield united.
They will look to try this Monday again as they welcome Everton to London. The hosts enter this game 45 points in the bag—one point above Everton in 11th place. A negative result could see them drop entirely out of running for a top-seven finish.
Everton meanwhile heads into this tie rejuvenated and with their minds on a late push for a European spot next season. The Toffees have emerged from the lockdown with confidence and remain one of the few teams yet to lose since the restart. Carlo Ancelotti will be buoyed by the knowledge that a win here could see them climb as high as 7th in the table.
Jose Mourinho is expected to ring the changes, especially in midfield, with Harry Winks expected to return to the starting eleven. The Portuguese remain without youngsters Juan Foyt and Japhet Tanganga, while Troy Parrott is not expected to make the match-day squad as he continues to struggle with abdominal pains.
Everton meanwhile have as many as six players sidelined with injuries with Fabian Delph, Sandro Ramirez, Theo Walcott, and Gbamin all out with various injuries.
Head to Head
Everton have failed to win their weekend hosts in the last five attempts with the hosts winning three of the last five (D2).
Tottenham last five competitive games: LWDLL
Everton last five competitive games: WWDLD
Jose Mourinho’s boys head into this tie 15th on the form table, having taken just five points from the last 18 available (W1, D2 L3). Their quest for Champions-league football for the coming season lies in jeopardy. Any further slip-ups will sentence last year’s Champions League finalists to no European football for next season.
Since the leagues’ restart, Spurs have won once in the three matches they have played. The hosts have had two VAR decisions go against them in the last two games.
In those three games, they scored three times in the second period, with the majority of the goals coming after 80 minutes.
They will be hoping that their recent superiority over Everton will help them going into this game.
Everton meanwhile head into this tie with eight points from their last six league games (W2, D2, L2). Their form since after the restart has seen them take points off champions Liverpool winning their last two.
Throughout the season, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have performed well in the first half with twelve wins (D16, L4) in their first half of games.
Their last win saw them score two first-half goals with the other win since the restart seeing them finish scoring before the 60th minute.
They remain one of the least scoring sides in the top half with 40 goals to their name so far this season. They have failed to score in eight of their league games so far, while 65% of their games have featured less than 3.5.
Both teams to score/Yes @ 7/10
Everton to win the first half/Tottenham to win the second half @ 28/1
Over 2.5 Goals @ 10/11