December 9th. The day that Everton takes on Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. This is just yet another chapter in the constant battle saga between these two very evenly matched sides. The last 5 games have seen Spurs winning two, Everton winning two and just one draw – back in 2010. Their last battle resulted in a 1-0 win for the Toffees, and they will be hoping for a repeat of such performance when it comes to Sunday, although Villas-Boas’ side will be looking to disrupt their plans.
Looking at the recent results, one would be more inclined to believe that Spurs would prevail the champions, considering that while they have one four of their last 6 games, Everton have won just one, which was back in November against Sunderland. Spurs last loss though was a majestic one, back in November when they faced Arsenal at the Emirates.
Tottenham resided to playing Europa League football this season, after losing their place when Chelsea beat Bayern to the Champions trophy last season (giving them automatic qualification). However, they have been impressive, beating Panathinaikos on the 6th December, in a match that finished 3-1.
Players to watch:
Emmanuel Adebayor, who spent last season on loan from City at Tottenham, has this season made quite an impact and become a key player in the Tottenham side. He has shown quite impressive streaks, but his one downfall has to be his recklessness, causing Spurs problems at critical moments. His tally this season has been impressive so far, and no doubt he intends to make an impact at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Marouanne Fellaini, Everton’s new go-to-guy has certainly come to prove himself and make an impact on the Evertonian community. However, the Belgian’s success has striked up interest from other big name clubs, and today, Zenit St. Petersburg has confirmed their interest in the young midfielder, and will be prepared to battle London giants Chelsea for his signature, although he is contracted until June 2015. I believe he will be Everton’s biggest playmaker come the weekend, and if anyone is going to rain on Spurs’ parade, it will be him.
Although this will be a very competitive match, I’m calling a 2-1 Everton triumph.