When Tottenham hosts Everton on Saturday afternoon, they’ll be hoping to make it three straight victories. With wins in their previous two games against Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United, the Lilywhites would be sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League standings going into Christmas.
However, facing the Toffees, who are winning a lot of games under manager Sean Dyche, won’t be simple. Securing a spot in the competition’s semi-finals would provide them with a significant lift before traveling to the capital over the weekend, where they play Fulham on Tuesday evening in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals.
Everton has won three games this season and has had an incredible run of form in London. First, Dyche’s team defeated Brentford 3-1. They also triumphed 1-0 at West Ham and 3-2 at Crystal Palace.
Tottenham is again missing several important players for this weekend’s match. Due to suspension, Ange Postecoglou will be without Destiny Udogie and Yves Bissouma, who are already thin on the squad due to a plethora of ailments.
Spurs will thus be reduced to the bare minimum, which forces the manager to make some crucial choices about his starting lineup. This is football.london’s analysis of the best Tottenham team possible to face Everton.
Guglielmo Vicario was essential to Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, and he will have to perform at the highest level against Everton.
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Pedro Porro has had a fantastic season playing for Tottenham under Ange Postecoglou.
In Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham squad, Pedro Porro has had a fantastic season and established himself as a vital member of the attacking group.
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Cristian Romero celebrates after scoring against West Ham United for Tottenham Hotspur.
Cristian Romero, who has received four yellow cards for the game against Everton, will need to exercise caution if he is to avoid receiving a one-match suspension before the next deadline.
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Ben Davies had a strong performance in Tottenham’s loss against Wolves.
Ben Davies has been playing center defense for Tottenham lately, and he now has the opportunity to develop a strong rapport with Cristian Romero.
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Emerson Royal is expected to start at left defense for Tottenham against Everton.
In Destiny Udogie’s absence, Emerson Royal is expected to start at left back for Tottenham against Everton. Although it’s not his natural position, he has occasionally filled in for Ange Postecoglou there.
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjer had a big part to play in Tottenham’s 3-3 draw against Man City on Sunday evening
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could be the player that comes into the Tottenham midfield in place of Yves Bissouma. Oliver Skipp and Giovani Lo Celso, providing he is fit, will also be in contention.
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Pape Matar Sarr
Tottenham will be hoping to have Pape Matar Sarr in contention to face Man City on Sunday
Pape Matar Sarr is another who has to watch his step as he is one yellow card away from a potential one-match ban.
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Dejan Kulusevski celebrates scoring for Tottenham Hotspur against Nottingham Forest
Dejan Kulusevski has really stepped it up on the pitch for Tottenham in recent weeks. If Brennan Johnson is in a position to play, the Swede will take on his role in the midfield three after moving into attack following the Welshman’s early exit against Nottingham Forest.
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Brennan Johnson has a big role to play for Tottenham in the final third
Brennan Johnson got a nasty cut on his head following an aerial challenge in the first half against Nottingham Forest and Tottenham were forced into a concussion substitution as a result. Spurs’ backroom staff will need to keep a close eye on the attacker over the coming days and make sure he is in a position to go against Everton.
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Richarlison played a key role in Tottenham’s win over Newcastle United after netting two goals
Richarlison will be looking to keep up his good form in front of goal when he takes on his former club. The Brazilian has three goals in his last two outings and he will be intent on adding to his tally.
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Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United
Son Heung-min looks set to start from the left wing once again for Tottenham as Richarlison plays through the middle.