Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to keep any European hopes alive this Monday when they host Everton, kick off at 8PM.
The Toffees are looking to continue their impressive form under manager Carlo Ancelotti and three points here would mean they leapfrog Spurs.
Only Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City have picked up more points since Boxing Day, Ancelotti’s first game in charge, and they’ll be looking to repeat the performance that saw them beat Leicester City 2-1 last time out.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho was left questioning his players’ desire after they slumped to a 3-1 away defeat to Sheffield United on Thursday evening.
Despite a Harry Kane equaliser being controversially ruled out by VAR, with the game at 1-0, Spurs were nowhere near their best and still can’t seem to reach any level of consistency under Mourinho.
Dele Alli is a doubt for the game and is 50/50 to start, whilst Japhet Tanganga remains side-lined.
Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have extended their contracts and, despite being left out against the Blades, one if not both could make a return to the starting line-up.
Theo Walcott, Fabian Delph, Cenk Tosun and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin are still on Everton’s injury list but Djibril Sidibe is back fit following an ankle injury.
Everton 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur (09 Sep 2017)
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Everton (13 Jan 2018)
Everton 2-6 Tottenham Hotspur (23 Dec 2018)
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton (12 May 2019)
Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (03 Nov 2019)
Although Everton have not beaten Spurs in ten games, I believe Ancelotti’s men will continue their late surge for European football and condemn Tottenham to their eighth defeat under Mourinho.
Spurs sit nine points off fourth-placed Chelsea, following their 3-0 win over Watford, and come Monday I believe their slim hopes of European football will take another blow at the hands of the in-form Toffees.
Everton will jump above their counterparts with a win and, having only picked up five points from six Premier League games, Mourinho and his men will remain under pressure.
Match Preview written by Jon Bazley.