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Everton v Tottenham: Team news & statistics

Everton walked out winners at Goodison Park last season. (©GettyImages)
Everton walked out winners at Goodison Park last season. (©GettyImages).

With Chelsea and Liverpool losing their respective matches against Newcastle and Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton have the chance to go second in the Premier League today.

The two clubs face off at Goodison Park, with the winner of the game having the chance to surpass the teams above and be second only to Arsenal. Tottenham currently reside in sixth on 19 points, with Everton one place behind on 18 points. 

Tottenham, despite going second in the league being a great incentive, need to only draw to go fourth in the table. If they do draw, Everton will stay seventh.

Everton's provisional squad: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Barkley, Lukaku, Robles, Heitinga, Oviedo, Stones, Naismith, Osman, Jelavic, Deulofeu.

Everton striker Arouna Kone is out of the squad to face Tottenham due to a knee injury, as is centre-back Antolin Alcaraz who is recovering from a hernia injury, while midfielder Darron Gibson (knee) is the only other absentee.

Defender John Heitinga returns to the squad after sitting out the last two matches with a muscle injury.

Tottenham's provisional squad: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Dembele, Sandro, Holtby, Bentaleb, Lennon, Lamela, Eriksen, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Defoe, Soldado, Kane.

Defender Danny Rose has still not recovered from a foot injury and will miss Tottenham's game at Everton on Sunday, although fellow full-back Kyle Naughton has a 50% chance of playing after suffering a thigh injury against Hull on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.

Winger Nacer Chadli is out with a hamstring injury, striker Emmanuel Adebayor has a foot problem and defender Zeki Fryers is ruled out due to an issue with his groin, but winger Andros Townsend is fit after recovering from his dramatic fall in last weekend's victory over Hull.

Promisingly for Everton, they have taken 28 from a potential 30 in their last 10 home games, and were unbeaten to Spurs last season, winning at Goodison and drawing in north London.

Roberto Martinez beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane with Wigan last season, and drew at home, making him clearly a difficult manager for Andre Villas-Boas to get the better of.

They have the player with the joint highest amount of assists (4) in Kevin Mirallas, whereas the Belgian Lukaku has five goals and an assist in five PL appearances for Everton.

Tottenham also have stats in their favour - they are yet to concede a goal to a non-London side in the Premier League this season, and have kept 12 clean sheets in their last 16 matches in all competitions - winning 13 of them losing only to Arsenal and West Ham, and drawing against Chelsea.

Roberto Soldado is their top scorer with four goals although three of them have come from the penalty spot and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored a wonderful goal mid-week against Hull, has three goals in the Premier League this campaign.

Tottenham lost only two of their first 15 games at Goodison Park, but have won none of their last six - drawing three and losing three.

This match is always a good one, and both teams are in form - but who will step up and claim the second place spot?

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