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Tottenham vs Everton: Match preview, lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
We preview the Saturday evening Premier League clash between Spurs and Everton. Can Conte keep Tottenham near the top or will Lampard have the last laugh?
When and where to watch Tottenham vs Everton
Spurs host Everton in the Saturday evening match (16 October). Kick off is at 5.30pm.
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Tottenham vs Everton match preview
Spurs beat Brighton last week with a 3-5-2 formation, which saw Antonio Conte sacrifice one of his front three – in this case Richarlison – for an additional central midfielder – Yves Bissouma.
The change in formation worked and made Spurs look more solid, but at home with the attacking players that Conte has at his disposal, the Italian could be tempted to swich back.
A 3-4-3 formation would see Richarlison face his former side. The Brazilian came to North London from Everton for around £60m in the summer and is already a firm fans’ favourite.
Everton will have to find a way to break down Spurs’ defence without the attacking threat of Anthony Gordon, who misses out through suspension.
Dwight McNeil, Wilfred Ndidi and Amadou Onana can all cause problems, as can striker Neal Maupay, but Gordon will be sorely missed.
Frank Lampard has the option of starting or bringing on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who’s back from injury and gives the Toffees a target man to seek out up front.
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Tottenham vs Everton predicted lineups
Tottenham: (3-5-2) Lloris; Doherty, Romero, Dier, Davies, Perisic, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Bissouma, Son, Kane.
Everton: (4-3-3) Pickford; Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Iwobi, Gueye, Onana, McNeil, Gray, Maupay.
Tottenham vs Everton: Injuries and suspensions
Dejan Kulusevski has recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up while away with Sweden last month, but he’s unlikely to start against the Toffees.
Kulusevski didn’t make Spurs’ midweek squad to face Frankfurt, but will make the bench this weekend. Lucas Moura has also returned from injury and is likely to feature in the squad after playing a part in Spurs' midweek match.
Emerson Royal will miss out again after his red card against Arsenal in the North London derby, which means Matt Doherty is likely to deputise.
Everton will be without winger Anthony Gordon, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester United on Sunday evening and has to serve a one-match suspension.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin came on as substitute late on at Goodison and could start against Spurs, but given his injury record he’s more likely to feature off the bench.
Form (last 6 matches)
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Tottenham vs Everton: Form guide
Despite a painful defeat against rivals Arsenal two weeks ago, Spurs are just four points off the top of the table. It’s imperative they keep winning, so they can take advantage of any slip-ups from Man City or the Gunners.
Last week’s win away at Brighton was a great result, especially after a tough week in which club fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone passed away. Brighton are no pushovers and that result demonstrated the resilience Conte’s team has.
After a shaky start to the season, Frank Lampard’s men have put together some decent results and performances. The Toffees drew four games in a row earlier this season and need to find a way of turning those draws into wins.
The arrival of Neal Maupay and the form of Anthony Gordon after the transfer window closed has helped Everton pick up wins, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s return should help moving forwards.
At the back, Everton have also been impressive. They’ve only conceded nine goals so far this season, which is the joint best record in the league alongside Man City, Newcastle and Brighton.
The partnership between Conor Coady and James Tarkowski has been key, as has the last-ditch heroics of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Tottenham vs Everton: Last time they met
Spurs turned it on last time these two clubs met in March. Tottenham won the match 5-0 with goals from Harry Kane, Heung min-Son, Sergio Reguilon and a Michael Keane own goal.
In was a game notable for Dele Alli’s return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and a full-blooded challenge from Christian Romero on Richarlison – the Argentine and Brazilian are now teammates.
He said what?!
Antonio Conte on his team’s formation:
“It can be for me a good option in the future. We’ll see. We go game by game. When you play games every two to three days it’s important. At Brighton It was important to give Richy a bit of rest.”
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Tottenham vs Everton: Players to watch
Richarlison will be desperate to play in this match and if he plays he could make a difference with his determination and passion.
Whether he starts or not is likely to depend on the formation Conte chooses. If the Italian opts for a 3-4-3 the Brazilian international will probably start ahead of Dejan Kulusevski who’s just returned from injury.
Tottenham’s number nine has impressed in North London, but is still to score his first Premier League goal for the club despite having a couple of goals to his name in the Champions League.
It’s a similar story for Everton, if Frank Lampard opts to take a chance in starting Dominic Calvert-Lewin he could prove a real threat.
The striker recorded his first appearance of the season after coming off the bench with 15 minutes remaining against Manchester United at the weekend. He’s unlikely to start against Spurs, but could be one to watch if he’s called upon.
Tottenham vs Everton: Key stats
- Not so tough Toffees: Tottenham have lost just one of their last 19 Premier League meetings with Everton (W9 D9).
- Home sweet home: Tottenham have won their last seven Premier League home games, their longest run since a streak of 14 between November 2016 and May 2017.
- Keep 'em out Conte! Spurs manager Antonio Conte has seen his sides keep a clean sheet in all six of his Premier League meetings with Everton – only Roberto Mancini (7 vs Wigan) has faced a specific opponent more often without his side ever conceding in the competition.
- Come back and haunt them: Richarlison could be the fifth player to score his first Premier League goal for Spurs against a side he previously played for, after David Bentley (vs Arsenal), Louis Saha (Newcastle), William Gallas (Chelsea) and Fernando Llorente (Swansea).
- Well organised defence: No side has conceded fewer set-piece goals than Everton this term (2).