European Hopefuls Face Off

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Romelu Lukaku has five goals in the current campaign. Picture: AP/
Everton  and Tottenham  meet in the English Premier League on Sunday night (AEST) with the Toffees eyeing a third straight League win. New boss Roberto Martinez has made a great start on Merseyside side replacing David Moyes, with the Toffees having lost just one League fixture in the opening three months of the season to find themselves just a point outside the four.

Romelu Lukaku will continue up front for Everton after scoring his fifth goal in as many matches when opening the scoring in his sides 2-0  victory at Aston Villa last weekend, meaning that Nikica Jelavic will have to settle for a place on the bench. Darron Gibson, Antolin Alcaraz and Arouna Kone remain on the long term injury list but Johnny Heitinga could return to the squad for the first time since the start of October after being sidelined with a muscle injury.

Tottenham is expected to make a host of changes following a draw  with Hull in the League Cup during the week, for which a host of first team players were rested. Roberto Soldado, Michael Dawson and Sandro are expected to be on the team sheet when Andre Villas-Boas names his side, while Andros Townsend could also feature despite injuring his hand after colliding with the advertising hoardings last week. Younes Kaboul returned to action against the Tigers during the week but is unlikely to feature again so quickly after playing all 120 minutes during the week.

The Toffees have made Goodison Park a real fortress in recent times, winning nine of their past ten matches at the ground, including a 1-0  victory over Chelsea in September. Spurs have won three from four on the road during the new Premier League campaign but all of those victories came against sides in the bottom half of the table and they haven’t collected three points away to Everton since 2007.

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