Today's trip to Everton marks the beginning of a very difficult stretch for Tottenham Hotspur, in which they face not only the Blue half of Merseyside, but also both halves of Manchester and Newcastle United, who beat Chelsea yesterday. Points will be at a premium for Spurs in the coming weeks and getting a good result against the Toffees might be necessary.
Spurs come into this game, possibly, with some tired legs, after going 120 minutes in the Capital One Cup against Hull City. Spurs made 8 changes from the weekend for that match, but injuries at left back and on the wings may force some players back into action quickly. Here's the team that Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas sends out at Goodison Park.
Our subs - Friedel, Kaboul, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Sigurdsson, Defoe.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 3, 2013
As expected, the likes of Hugo Lloris, Michael Dawson, Sandro, Andros Townsend, Lewis Holtby, and Roberto Soldado all come back into the team after being rested in midweek. For those of you that care about this sort of thing, this is the exact same line-up that beat Hull City 1-0 last weekend. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.
For Everton, they line-up with only one change from last weekend's victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Everton team (to face Spurs): Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Pienaar, Mirallas, Lukaku #EFCTHFC— Everton (@Everton) November 3, 2013
Everton subs: Robles, Jelavic, Oviedo, Deulofeu, Naismith, Barkley, Stones. #EFCTHFC— Everton (@Everton) November 3, 2013
Ross Barkely is dropped to the bench in favor of Leon Osman by Roberto Martinez. This is a solid Everton team with major threats in the form of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas. It will be up to the Tottenham backline to stymie those two and I kind of dread the idea of Lukaku overpowering Chiriches and Mirallas speeding past Vertonghen.
The match kicks off at 1:30 PM local time (8:30 ET) and can be seen live in the US on CNBC, on both BBC 1 and Sky Sports 1 in the UK, TSN2 in Canada, and Fox Sports 1 Australia in Australia (you're welcome, Aussies). Let's not have a repeat of the behavior from the midweek match thread, ok?