Everton took four points from Spurs last season and so will believe that they can do a repeat job this year. They are in 11th position in the Premier League with 24 points - 13 points having been earned away from Goodison Park. They have won 4 and drawn 1 of their nine away matches, having scored and conceded 10 goals on their travels. The goals tally shows immediately that they keep it very tight, giving little away and their away record shows a number of games going in their favour with late goals.
The first away game of the season was at Blackburn and they took the three points with a penalty scored in the 92nd minute, Arteta's gift before leaving for Arsenal. At Fulham, after taking an early lead but then looking set to lose the match only for Bobby Zamora to miss an open goal very late in the match, Everton turned the match on its head by scoring twice in added time to win 3 - 1. A similar style of win came in their last away match against WBA on New Year's Day. A dull game was drawing to a scoreless conclusion only for Everton to score with three minutes left through substitute, Victor Anichebe. Their fourth away success came at Bolton with two second half strikes - so Spurs need to be wary of Everton making a late push to snatch the points. Everton's other away point came at Sunderland on Boxing Day when they equalised in the second half through a Leighton Baines' penalty, to deny Martin O'Neill's rejuvenated side - the only points Sunderland dropped over the holiday period.
Everton lost early in the season at Manchester City (0 - 2), Chelsea (1 - 3), Newcastle (1 - 2) and at Arsenal (0 - 1) in mid-December. Last weekend they progressed in the FA Cup at home to non-League Tamworth (2 - 0) with an early goal from Johnny Heitinga and a second half penalty scored by Baines.
Leighton Baines, the penalty and free-kick specialist, is Everton's leading goalscorer with 4 goals from 4 penalties (three in the League) . Spurs know to be wary of him as he scored with a stunning free-kick to give Everton the lead in last season's game at White Hart Lane. Leon Osman and Apostolos Vellios, their Greek striker, have each scored three goals.
Everton have a problem with a number of injuries and it was added to when defender Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell went off in their last League game with Bolton. Seamus Coleman also suffered a recurrence of a thigh injury in the FA Cup tie with Tamworth. Tim Cahill, Leon Osman, and Tony Hibbert are all injury worries for Everton. Landon Donovan has returned to the club on a short term loan from Los Angeles Galaxy.
Spurs have their own injury concerns with Ledley King and William Gallas out of defence while Sandro and Scott Parker will be missing in midfield. Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon played in the FA Cup against Cheltenham Town and could be available for the match.
Home Record in Premier League against Everton
Aug. 2007 PL Lost 1 - 3 Gardner
Spurs start to the season went from bad to worse. Having lost at Sunderland on the opening day, they compounded it but losing comprehensively in their first home game. Everton were ahead after three minutes but Tony Gardner equalised after twenty minutes. Everton scored twice in the eight minutes leading up to the interval and Spurs with a number of injuries in defence never looked like recovering.
Aug. 2006 PL Lost 0 - 2
It was exactly twenty one years from Everton's last League win at White Hart Lane but two second half goals secured their win.
Oct. 2005 PL Won 2 - 0 Mido, Jenas
Everton played with five in midfield and they held out for an hour. Then Mido and Jermaine Jenas scored twice with headers within six minutes to secure the points.
1st January, 2005 Spurs 5 Everton 2 Marney (2), Ziegler, Mendes, Keane
What a way to start the New Year especially for Dean Marney who scored his only goals for the club.
12th January, 2003 Spurs 4 Everton 3 Keane (3), Poyet
Five goals in the second half after Spurs levelled in the first half through Gus Poyet, Everton having gone ahead in the tenth minute. After the interval Everton twice pulled Spurs back after Keane put then ahead but Keane completed his hat-trick with seven minutes remaining.
3rd October, 1993 Spurs 3 Everton 2 Sheringham, Anderton, Caskey
Everton were ahead at the interval but Teddy Sheringham equalised on the hour. Everton regained the lead and with two minutes remaining seemed to have earned the points. Darren Anderton then drew Spurs level and Darren Caskey scored the winner in the last minute.
11th October, 1958 Spurs 10 Everton 4 Ryden, Medwin, Harmer, Smith (4), Stokes (2), Robb
What a way for Bill Nicholson to start his managerial career. Appointed on the morning of the match the players responded and produced this outstanding result - a sign of the great times ahead at White Hart Lane when 'Sir' Bill was in charge.
25th December, 1956 Spurs 6 Everton 0 Medwin, (2), Harmer (pen), Smith R (2), Stokes
A memorable way to mark the last time Spurs played a game on Christmas Day at White Hart Lane. The tradition of playing matches on that day was finally brought to an end in 1958.
Once again, as against WBA, Spurs face a side with a better away record that home and a team who have benefited from late goals. Spurs can expect to face tactics similar to those employed by Sunderland and West Brom and even Chelsea in their initial approach to the game. All three teams sat back and filled the area in front of their defence to stop Spurs' quick passing movements and to frustrate the opportunities for Kyle Walker, Bale and Lennon to run with the ball at pace. Chelsea started the game in that way but became more expressive after Spurs went ahead.
Everton will come to defend and restrict Spurs with a well organised game plan. Even if they are weakened due to injuries David Moyes will expect his team to work hard in front of Spurs to ensure they have no time on the ball and rely on Tim Howard to produce another sound display in goal. Everton will attempt to wear Spurs down through time and then in the final part of the game hope to gain some extra reward for their effort with late attacking substitutions attempting to make their mark with a late goal as they have done previously in their away games.
Spurs will hope for an early goal to upset any defensive plan which Everton might have set up so as to provide them with space to play in and the opportunity for the win to strengthen their position by moving level on points with Manchester United and create an eight point advantage over Chelsea in fourth place.