Tottenham did the double over Everton last season, and they will be desperate to continue their good run against the Toffees on Saturday as they search for a much-needed first win this time around.
The North London club were involved in a tight affair at Leicester City last weekend, but seemed set for victory after young starlet Delle Alli put them ahead late on, only to switch off from the resultant resumption of play and concede a costly equaliser moments later. And it needed a fine reflex save from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to prevent them from tumbling to a demoralising defeat, but even so, some are questioning whether Spurs are making progress from 2014-15.
West Bromwich Albion star Saido Berahino remains their prime transfer target, and he would benefit from playing alongside England U-21 teammate Harry Kane as well as Christian Eriksen’s creative spark. It would be massively disappointing for Tottenham if they were to go into the international break without a victory to their name, so three points are a must here in a game which looks likely to be won in midfield, so Mousa Dembele and Ryan Mason will be looked upon to drive their team forward.
There was not a considerable amount wrong with Everton’s performance on Sunday against Manchester City; they just could not subdue a side that has begun the season in truly spectacular form despite holding out for nearly an hour. The counter-attacking approach adopted by manager Roberto Martinez had shown a few positive glimpses before Aleksandar Kolarov opened the scoring, but Romelu Lukaku was an isolated figure in attack perhaps slightly too often.
Kevin Mirallas may return to the starting line-up here and should he do so, it would provide the team with renewed impetus as they look to exploit the susceptibility to pace that clearly exists within the Spurs rearguard. It will also be interesting if John Stones starts at the back after handing in a transfer request on Tuesday amid interest from Chelsea. The former Barnsley man has quickly become an invaluable player for the Toffees and will be a big miss should he leave before the transfer deadline.
New Tottenham signing Son Heung-Min is unlikely to feature as he waits fir a work permit and international clearance. Elsewhere, Andros Townsend is back from injury but Christian Eriksen is still out with a knee problem.
Everton will make some changes from the side that won an extravaganza of a Capital One Cup tie at Barnsley on Wednesday. Left-backs Brendan Galloway and Leighton Baines are both out, however.
Played for both – Simon Davies – The Welsh international winger signed for Tottenham in 2000 and made his debut in April of that year, becoming a first-team regular late the following season. He was a consistent performer and scored 13 goals in 121 Premier League appearances before moving to Everton in 2005. Unfortunately his spell at Goodison Park was hampered by injuries, so he only managed 45 league outings, scoring once.