Spurs Welcome Wounded Warriors Back

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Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor is a danger for Everton. Image courtesy of talksport.co.uk

Down on troops over the past couple of weeks, Tottenham Hotspur has been boosted by the return of Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul. Dembele missed the 1-1 draw with Hull City because of an ankle injury. Vertonghen is over an ankle problem, while Kaboul had a thigh issue. Spurs may also have England winger Andros Townsend back on their White Hart Lane pitch. The 22-year-old World Cup hopeful hasn't featured for the first team since suffering a hamstring injury against West Ham in mid-December.

Tottenham is in fifth place, a point behind Everton , which came from a goal down to defeat Aston Villa 2-1 last weekend. Spurs failed to beat the Toffees at home or away last season, going down 2-1 at Goodison, before sharing the points at White Hart Lane. This campaign, Roberto Martinez’s fifth-placed men held the Londoners to a 0-0 draw at home in early November.

This is a massive game for two teams in contention for the Premier League's fourth and final Champions League spot. Tottenham can take solace from the fact that two of Everton’s three losses this season have been on the road. The Toffees were recently crushed 4-0 at Anfield by Liverpool and 3-1 by Manchester City at Etihad in October.

Interestingly, both sides have won seven, drawn three and lost two of their last 12 outings. In that time, Spurs have found the net 21 times and Everton 20, but defence is the telling stat. The Toffees have conceded 12 goals, while Tottenham’s leaked 20, including embarrassing ‘fivers’ against Manchester City and Liverpool.

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