Top four chasing Spurs welcome Everton to Wembley as the Toffees look to end a five game winless run.

Sam Allardyce’s honeymoon period at the Blues is truly over.

After being unbeaten in his first seven games, things were looking up, but three defeats on the bounce since have dented optimism.

September’s 3-0 hammering at the hands of Spurs lives fresh in the memory as one of Everton’s lowest points of a dismal season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s troops currently sit fifth in the division, three points separating them from fourth placed Liverpool.

But the Argentine boss won’t be best pleased with the side he led to second place last campaign.
The North Londoners have already lost one more league game in 22 fixtures this year than they did in the whole of the 2016/17 season.

Spurs have only suffered one loss (to runaway leaders Manchester City) in their last 10 clashes in all competitions.

Tottenham are also unbeaten against Everton in their last 10 clashes, so it’s a given they will be confident going into this one.

One to watch 

Spurs boast a number of superstars in their ranks, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen to name a few, but Harry Kane is the danger man.

The England striker has four goals in his last two meetings with the Blues and the league’s top scorer will fancy his chances to add to his already impressive 18 goals on Saturday evening.

Team news 

The hosts will have to cope without midfielder Harry Winks due to an ankle injury. He joins Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose on the sidelines.

£27 million-man Cenk Tosun is in line for his Everton debut at Wembley and Idrissa Gueye is fit and ready to come back into the 11. Michael Keane is still out.

Man in the middle 

Craig Pawson will take the whistle for this one. He awarded Everton a penalty at Anfield in December.

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Stanley Parker
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Rob17896

You Can't blame him for a shambles accrued since Martinez first season. Actually I correct myself. Since Martinez imposed his style over Moyes completely. Season two.

I am not blaming Allardyce for the shambles before he arrived.

I am blaming him for three games on the trot without a single shot on target.

The fans deserve better.

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Stanley Parker

Hoofball reputation inspired by playing percentage football – missing out midfield and kicking long balls up to a physically strong centre forward.

You Can't blame him for a shambles accrued since Martinez first season. Actually I correct myself. Since Martinez imposed his style over Moyes completely. Season two.

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Rob17896

He has shown he can get the best out of players. My Bolton supporter friend says hoofball reputation inspired by media due to Wenger comments. He or anyone needs to change a number of players. Get rid of the ones who will not try or not good enough. Sacking him will further delay sorting it out. Patience needed.

Hoofball reputation inspired by playing percentage football – missing out midfield and kicking long balls up to a physically strong centre forward.

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Stanley Parker

It doesn't matter. Just do it anyway.

He has shown he can get the best out of players. My Bolton supporter friend says hoofball reputation inspired by media due to Wenger comments. He or anyone needs to change a number of players. Get rid of the ones who will not try or not good enough. Sacking him will further delay sorting it out. Patience needed.

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d4kyxx

I think we have seen since moyes left just how good he actually was for us, on a budget that more or less did not exist.

Everybody had a smaller budget then. But his record against the Big Four showed how far behind them we lagged.

Now we have a Big Six. And we are even further behind.