Tottenham Hotspur will host Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday in one of this weekend’s most intriguing Premier League matches. This late-season fixture holds great importance for both clubs. Spurs will look to seize three points while second-place Manchester City will be tested at Old Trafford in the Manchester Derby. Also, three points would bring sixth-place Everton within one point of Champions League qualification.
HitItBet.com has Tottenham as the heavy favourites at nearly evens, while those wagering on the travelling squad will get odds of 9/4.
The Toffees come into this match with high confidence. They have won three straight Premier League fixtures, conceding only once while scoring six of their own.
Centre back, Phil Jagielka should be available for Sunday’s match. After receiving a pain-killing injection before last weekend’s clash against Stoke, he said he will be willing to do whatever’s necessary to be on the pitch against Tottenham.
“It’s not quite healed up yet but it will get there and I can play without any problems,” Jagielka told the Liverpool Echo.
“I’ve got to have an injection to take a bit of the pain away because there’s still a bit of scar tissue but it’s part and parcel of being a footballer.”
Everton have won three of their past five encounters with Spurs, including a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park this past December. However, the Toffees have struggled at White Hart Lane. Everton’s most recent away victory against Spurs was in 2008.
Tottenham will be happy to return home after losing two of three consecutive away fixtures. However, their away stretch did end on a good note with an impressive victory at Swansea. It came as no surprise that the highlight came off the foot of Gareth Bale. Bale’s 21st minute goal was an amazing strike with his left foot.
His man-of-the-match performance earned praise from his manager Andre Villas-Boas, who told The Guardian “Offensively and defensively, he is a world-class player, but I’m reluctant to single out individuals because today the team deserve more credit than any one man.”