David Moyes revealed this week that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp agreed with him that Louis Saha would not play in Saturday’s fixture. The Everton manager insists it is not an issue if Spurs play the Frenchman, but Moyes could be hoping Redknapp adheres to the ‘gentleman’s agreement’.
Saha has been on form since he made the move to White Hart Lane, scoring three goals in his four Premier League games played for the club. The 33 year old moved to Spurs on a one and a half year deal on deadline day and Moyes believes that the club will not have to worry with Saha’s threat. Redknapp agreed to playing Saha only if he is needed, but with Emmanuel Adebayor, Rafael van der Vaart and Jermain Defoe at full fitness, the Frenchman may not be part of the squad.
Redknapp will not be with Aaron Lennon after suffering a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over League One side Stevenage in the FA Cup fifth round replay. Michael Dawson has been ruled out until the end of the season with ruptured ankle ligaments and could be replaced by William Gallas, who has fully recovered from a calf injury. Spurs will be looking to get their winning spell back on track after successive league defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United.
Moyes celebrates his 10th anniversary in charge this weekend and has performed remarkably with the Toffees in that time. Everton gained a good point away at struggling Queens Park Rangers last weekend and have shown once again that their second half of the season is always so much better than the first half. With no losses in six Premier League games, including scalps over Chelsea and Manchester City, Everton are in good league form and could pose a threat to Tottenham.
The Toffees have only one major injury worry after Darron Gibson suffered a knee injury and is a few weeks away from fitness. Phil Jagielka, Victor Anichebe and Leon Osman all played in the midweek reserve game with Liverpool, but are not match-fit for the Premier League and may not be risked. Steven Pienaar is on-loan from Tottenham, so is ineligible for Saturday’s fixture at Goodison Park, and could be a big miss for Moyes.
Despite their big Merseyside derby with Liverpool in midweek, Moyes is focused on getting a good result against Tottenham and will name his strongest possible team. Tottenham are desperate to get back on track, but have difficulty in stopping Everton’s current league run. Spurs were the last side to beat Everton in the league on January 11th and have the capability to do so again. However, with the Toffees’ squad currently high on confidence, they can beat Redknapp’s men and inflict a third successive defeat on the title challengers.
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