This Sunday presents Tottenham with what looks like a much sterner test than the pleasant walk in the park Stoke City’s visit turned into. A first half mauling being enough to see off the hapless Potters.
The Toffees have been in fine form of late and are unbeaten in their 9 previous league games. However, the majority of their finer performances this season have come at Goodison Park with Everton only winning 4 times on their travels this season. White Hart Lane is certainly not a place a team slightly shaky on the road wants to visit, a win for the Lilywhites will be a record breaking 9th consecutive victory.
The race for the golden boot may also take twist this weekend as hotshots Lukaku and Harry Kane go head to head, both strikers are currently level on 17 Premier League goals. A point that is often levelled towards Tottenham may actually be truer for Everton, stop the main man and you cut off their goal threat. Lukaku is head and shoulders Everton’s top scorer with 17, the next best being Ross Barkley and Seamus Colman with only 4 goals each. Comparatively behind Kane in Tottenham’s scoring chart is Dele Alli on 12 and Heung Min Son on 7.
Every Spurs fan is praying the Belgian partnership of Jan Vertonghan and Toby Alderweireld are fit for this weekend, they are undoubtedly the best partnership in the league defensively, and are key for Tottenham going forward with Pochettino seemingly unwilling to play 3 at back when one of them is out injured. The duo may also be the best men for the job when it comes to stopping the inform Lukaku, knowing the striker well from international duty.
Although this game will be test for Tottenham, they have been irresistible at White Hart Lane this season and seem determined to complete the farewell season at the stadium undefeated. Every game at this stage of the season is important, and with Liverpool and Arsenal playing each other on Saturday evening it’s a real chance to cement a place in the top 4 and keep some pressure on top spot at the same time.
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