Saturday, 29 November 2008

Spurs v Everton Premiership Preview: Can The Toffees Halt The Redknapp Revolution At Tottenham?

Tottenham Hotspur play, David Moyes’ Everton in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs are enjoying a new lease of life under new boss Harry Redknapp, with the North London club winning four, drawing once and losing just once in six Premiership matches since the former Portsmouth manager has been in charge at White Hart Lane. Tottenham won 1-0 against Blackburn Rovers last weekend and have won every home game since Redknapp took over. However, despite this good run of form Spurs are still just outside the relegation zone in 16th place in the Premier League and need to collect all three points against Everton to start climbing the table.

While Spurs have been formidable at home recently, Moyes’ Toffees side have been better away this season than they have been at Goodison Park. Everton have won four times on their travels this season, but won just once at Goodison, which will be a concern for the Merseyside club. Everton go into this game with Spurs on the back of a 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium last Monday and are 7th in the Premiership.

Redknapp was dealt a blow this week when Scottish International Alan Hutton was ruled out for five months with a metatarsal fracture. Spurs will also be without Giovanni Dos Santos (ankle) and Luka Modric (thigh), but could have Jermaine Jenas available for the visit of Everton if the England International shakes off an ankle injury in time.

The Toffees have a host of players unavailable for the trip to White Hart Lane, with Lars Jacobsen (shoulder), Nuno Valente (knee), James Vaughan (knee), Louis Saha (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (thigh) and Victor Anichebe (hamstring) all out for the Merseyside club. Moyes could have Steven Pienaar available if the South African can shake off a knee injury in time for the clash with Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur: (from) Gomes, Corluka, Bale, King, Woodgate, Gunter, Assou-Ekotto, Jenas, Bentley, Lennon, O’Hara, Huddlestone, Zokora, Bent, Pavlyuchenko, Campbell, Gilberto, Stalteri, Ghaly, Taarabt, Dawson, Cesar, Rocha, Boateng

Everton: (from) Howard, Yobo, Lescott, Jagielka, Cahill, Arteta, Pienaar, Osman, Yakubu, Baines, Fellaini, van der Meyde, Nash, Castillo, Neville, Rodwell, Jutkiewicz, Ruddy, Gosling, Kissock, Baxter, Irving, Agard

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