Everton welcome Tottenham as both vying for betterment


Everton host Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday as Premier League action returns following a hectic round of Carabao Cup fixtures in midweek. Everton are still without Jean-Philipe Gbamin and Bernard, who will both most likely be on the sidelines for some time. Yerry Mina is a slight doubt for the hosts as well.

For Spurs, kee­per Hugo Llo­ris remains una­vailable, while Erik Lamela and Ryan Sessegnon are doubtful. Danny Rose is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season against Liverpool. These two Premier League mainstays have faced each other on a whopping 177 occasions in all competitions, with Tottenham having come out on top with 67 wins to Everton's 55.

Everton have struggled in this fixture in recent years having not beaten Spurs in seven years, the last victory a 2-1 win in December 2012.
The last time the north London outfit visited this area of Merseyside, they were emphatic victors beating the Toffees 6-2, including a brace from both Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.

Everton have struggled in the league of late, most recently losing 3-2 to Brighton courtesy of a 94th minute own goal. More worryingly, Sunday's hosts have lost five of their last six Premier League games, results which have left them in 16th place and two points above the relegation zone.

Marco Silva is under huge pressure at the moment as results and performances have been far from desirable, especially given the enormous funds the Everton boss had to work with over the summer. Tottenham also find themselves in a spot of hot bother, currently sat in 11th place, eight points adrift of the top four.

Spurs have won only one of their last five league matches, most recently throwing away a lead against Everton's bitter rivals Liverpool last weekend.