Tottenham and Everton return to the Premier League after opposite results in the FA Cup, with each side looking to climb up the table toward European football.
Group EPL Teams Wembley Stadium, Wembley, England 13 Jan 2018 5:30 pm (GMT)
Key Stat: Harry Kane has four goals in the last two matches against the Toffees.
Expert Verdict: The uptick in form that the Toffees experienced directly after the arrival of Sam Allardyce has now ended, and they look like they could be set to have a few more struggles in this match. Spurs are playing fairly well and have a big incentive to push on and close the gap toward the top. They get three points in this one to continue Everton's recent run.
Mauricio Pochettino remains without influential center back Toby Alderweireld due to his hamstring injury. Other than that, the team looks fresh and ready to go. Winger Georges N'Koudou has been loaned out to Burnley, so he will play no role.
Once again, Harry Kane has started the year on fire. The English forward, linked ferociously with Real Madrid in the future, has been excellent after recovering from illness. He's picked up right where he left off by scoring twice in the FA Cup to add two goals to his total of 18 astonishing Prem goals so far this season. You just never know when he will burst out and score.
Spurs have four wins and a draw in their last five matches:
3-0 home win vs Wimbledon (FA Cup)
1-1 home draw vs West Ham
0-2 win at Swansea
5-2 home win vs Southampton
0-3 win at Burnley
Defenders:Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose
Defensive Midfielders:Dier, Dembele
Attacking Midfielders:Eriksen, Alli, Son
Sam Allardyce has seen two big bits of business in January already. On the way out was midfielder Ross Barkley and on the way in is striker Cenk Tosun, who could make his debut in this match. Missing out for them is right back Seamus Coleman, who is closing in on a return, left back Leighton Baines, and center back Ramiro Funes Mori due to injuries. Goalkeeper Maarten Steklenburg also is on that list.
If things go as we think, a debut is likely to be had for Cenk Tosun up front here. Everton have been having trouble getting goals all season long, but it has been even tougher for them away from home. Tosun is a big move for them as he's young and thought to have been targeted by bigger clubs. He has succeeded in Turkey and in the Champions League, so he might just be the newest Prem star.
Everton have three losses and two draws in their last five matches:
2-1 loss at Liverpool (FA Cup)
0-2 home loss vs Manchester United
2-1 loss at Bournemouth
0-0 draw at West Brom
0-0 home draw vs Chelsea
Defenders:Kenny, Holgate, Jagiekla, Martina
Defensive Midfielders:Gueye, Schneiderlin
Attacking Midfielders:Bolasie, Rooney, Sigurdsson
This match will mark the Toffees 161st time these sides have faced each other. So far, Spurs lead the way with 60 wins, 52 draws, and 48 losses. Here's a look at the last five results:
Sep 9, 2017: EFC 0-3 Spurs
Mar 5, 2017: Spurs 3-2 EFC
Aug 13, 2016: EFC 1-1 Spurs
Jan 3, 2016: EFC 1-1 Spurs
Aug 29, 2015: Spurs 0-0 EFC
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Tottenham are at ¼ to win, a draw is at 5/1, and an Everton win is at 9/1.
Tottenham enter this round of fixtures in fifth place in the Premier League. They have 41 points and are just three back of Liverpool for fourth now due to their recent run of form. They haven't lost any of their last four in the league, but they did disappoint just a little with that draw that closed out the festive period. Everton enter in ninth position, but they have not had a win in any of their last four matches and have taken just two points from those four matches. They still look safely out of the relegation race with seven points between them and the drop zone, but they won't be very happy to be out of the FA Cup.
Spurs have been good at home this season, but they have not been dominant at their temporary Wembley home. They have just one loss all season long in 11 matches, but they have drawn four times to hold them back quite a bit. They have had no losses in their last five home matches. The Toffees come into this match with quite a terrible record away from home. They have just one win in 11 away matches, but they have split the other ten evenly between draws and losses. Only eight goals away has been one of their biggest issues.
Harry Kane to score anytime is set at 4/7 at Ladbrokes.
Everton haven't had the best of times in the last few weeks, and this trip to Wembley doesn't look like being a positive one. Spurs are full of quality and look a lot fresher than they did a week ago, and they use that to full effect.