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Tottenham Hotspur v Everton live & preview EPL 2016-17

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton live & preview EPL 2016-17 Photo: TT

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Ronald Koeman’s Everton side to White Hart Lane as Mauricio Pochettino aims to guide his side to their highest league finish in years, with the team currently second in the league.

Pochettino’s last few games have been troublesome with only two wins out of five and two draws to go with them. They are of course unbeaten in eight games against Everton since a 2-1 loss away at Goodison Park.

The manager’s first game in charge of Spurs was also against the same opposition, playing out a drab 0-0 in January 2013. Tottenham are also the only side in the league this season to be unbeaten at home with 11 wins and two draws from their 13 games at White Hart Lane.

The game should be a goal fest with two of the league’s most prolific strikers lining up against each other.

Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane lead the goalscoring charts alongside Alexis Sanchez with 17 strikes to their name for all three. Lukaku interestingly is the league’s most lethal striker from open play as none of his 17 goals have been from penalties while Kane has a sizeable part of his goals from the spot with four to his tally already.

Spurs have won only two of their last five games while drawing two and losing one. Everton are unbeaten in their last five with three wins and two draws so they have a slight advantage in terms of form.

Everton have 44 points and are sitting at seventh in the table going into the 27th week of games in the Premier League, if they win this one they will have equalised their entire points tally from 2014/1 and 2015/16 showing clear progress since Koeman has taken over at the Toffees.

Lukaku’s red hot form and Harry Kane’s unstoppable scoring streak of 12 goals in 11 appearances should make this one a joy to watch for the neutrals, especially for those who are hoping Everton do the other top teams a favour by hitting Spurs on the counter to win the game.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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