Tottenham Hotspur look to keep up the pace with their title rivals this afternoon by taking on an Everton side we are still not quite sure about, in all honesty.
Spurs can close the gap on second placed Leicester to just two points with a victory today, just a paltry point below third placed Manchester City.
Everton chief Roberto Martinez recently talked up Spurs’ chances of winning the Premier League, so it will be interesting to see if he will be proved right come the end of play.
While the North London outfit have been a figure of consistency this season, barring a slip to Newcastle United, their opponents have been anything but similar.
The Toffees meanwhile have been thoroughly entertaining to watch but not actually that good. They have won just ONE game in six Premier League outings and are shipping goals left right and centre.
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Over the last six meetings between the two, Spurs have been pretty much dominant over their Merseyside counterparts. They are unbeaten in the last SIX against the Toffees, winning three and drawing as many.
Everton, though they are fun to watch, have been shipping goals on their home turf this season. In fact, they have conceded a whopping SEVEN goals in their last TWO games on Merseyside. Not good reading.
In stark contrast to Everton’s defensive issues, Mauricio Pochettino has sculpted a stingy backline in North London. It is the meanest back four line in the league, having let in just 15 goals all season.
Spurs have won three of their last Premier League games after a mini blip in December, earning talk of a potential assault on the title. Should they win today, it will be the first time they have won FOUR games on the bounce in almost TWO years.
Though we’ve waxed lyrical about Spurs’ mean defence, they are today faced with a handful in the form of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian is in fantastic form, only really bettered by Harry Kane, and has 11 goals in his last TEN games across all competitions.
So, we’ve talked about Everton’s inability to clean sheet. However, to their credit, goals have not been hard to come by for Roberto Martinez and his players. Their tally of 35 strikes plundered this term is bettered only by Leicester City (who have a certain Jamie Vardy) and Manchester City.
Spurs sure know how to ring in the New Year. The White Hart Lane club have kicked the calendar off with a win in FIVE successive season, looking for their sixth today no doubt.