Last weekend, Tottenham Hotspur stuck to the script, drawing first blood against Manchester United before predictably giving up the lead on the way to a 1-3 defeat. Combined with other results, Spurs moved a full six points back of fourth place, and in seventh are very much in danger of fully missing out on Europe next season.
On their heels is Everton, who has hung around this part of the table for much of the season. The Toffees enter the match a point behind Spurs, but have a match in hand, so anything other than a win puts Tottenham in a tough spot with only six fixtures left on the Premier League calendar.
The two sides met on the opening weekend in a 0-1 Everton win, but most recently the sides met in a wild FA Cup Fifth Round tie. A pair of Davidson Sanchez goals were not enough to earn Spurs the win, and the Toffees ended up advancing in extra time. Erik Lamela and Harry Kane were the other scorers in the 5-4 loss.
It is crunch time for Spurs, but one would not know it based on the on-field performances. With just two wins in their last five league matches, time is just about up to salvage something from this season. Since Europe is still in play, Friday is a big one, but wins over other top sides have been tough to come by so there must be some major changes for Tottenham to find any success.
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