European Spots At Stake

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Gareth Bale could miss the rest of the season with injury. Image courtesy of metro.co.uk/Reuters
This is a huge match in terms of European tournaments for next season. Tottenham Hotspur currently sits in third place which would earn them a spot in the UEFA Champions League. Everton is just one spot outside the Europa League zone, but the Toffees are just four points behind Spurs and they have a game in hand. A win at White Hart Lane on Monday morning (AEDT) would make things very interesting heading in to the business end of the season.

There has been plenty of talk about Tottenham being a one-man band this season as Welshman Gareth Bale has scored an astonishing 22 goals in all competitions this season as a winger. Spurs get the chance to prove their critics wrong now as Bale went down with what looked like a serious ankle injury in the 2-2 draw with FC Basel in the midweek Europa League quarter-final. As well as backing up off a short break, Tottenham is likely to be without two of their other attacking weapons Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Defoe.

Everton has won its last three matches in the Premier League. All three victories were at Goodison Park, but they included a 1-0 win over stubborn Stoke and a far more impressive 2-0 triumph over Manchester City two weeks prior. Kevin Mirallas scored the winner against the Potters after a brilliant run from midfield, but he is in doubt for the trip to north London due to a groin injury. 

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