On the face of it, it's been an impressive start for Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas this season.

Nine games, six wins, a freak result against West Ham already out of the way, and best of all - two goals conceded in eight games if you ignore that 3-0 reversal against their London rivals.

Defensively, Jan Vertonghen and in particular Michael Dawson have been exceptional - a sign that bodes well for the rest of the season.

Become hard to beat and generally you only need one goal to win.

And so it has proved so far, with four wins coming by the scoreline of 1-0. This is both a good sign and a worry, however.

Those 1-0 wins have come against Crystal Palace, Swansea, Cardiff and Hull. Against Cardiff it took an injury-time goal from Paulinho to bail Spurs out.

In the other three games it took penalties - the one given against Ahmed Elmohamady last weekend was a dubious one, too. 

And while three points are three points however you accumulate them, more often than not, teams will score against you.

Chelsea and Arsenal did, as did West Ham - and Spurs only picked up one point from those three games.

Everton have had a brilliant start to the season, losing only once - to Manchester City - in their first nine games under Roberto Martinez and also edging out Chelsea by that 1-0 scoreline. 

Since that game, the Toffees have bagged 13 goals in seven games and will be confident of adding to that total on Sunday regardless of Spurs' defensive performances this season.

Romelu Lukaku has proved an incredible bit of deadline-day business, and Gareth Barry hasn't been half-bad either, anchoring the Everton midfield superbly behind Leon Osman and Ross Barkley.

Couple that with the potential threat posed on the wings by the tricky Kevin Mirallas and Spurs' former player Steven Pienaar and AVB's men will have a lot more on their hands than was thrown at them by the league's recently-promoted sides.

This is where these new attacking midfielders Villas-Boas has acquired need to step up in their creative efforts. 

Paulinho and Sandro are a fantastic anchor to whichever attacking quartet should take the field, with Townsend looking a certain starter.

In replacing Gareth Bale, Villas-Boas brought in Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli to fill in the attacking midfield roles, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby and Townsend already at the club.

Lamela has struggled for form so far, with Eriksen blowing hot and cold as he was prone to at Ajax, and Chadli and Holtby short of opportunities.

It seems as if the Portuguese manager does not know who his best options are - and it's hurting, with the team struggling to break down defences.

It took a piece of individual brilliance from Sigurdsson to unlock Hull in the Capital One Cup, and often they are relying on penalties to scrape their way to victory.

Also throw in the factor that Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin are one of the most well-drilled defensive partnerships in the Premier League (along with Vertonghen and Dawson) and Tottenham have themselves an incredibly sticky assignment this weekend. 

Villas-Boas needs to decide which of these three are his first-choice attacking midfield trio and stick with them.

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