Two of the Premier League’s most under-achieving sides this season face-off on Sunday with Everton entertaining Tottenham.
Both clubs have endured very frustrating starts to the season – the Toffees are hovering awkwardly above the relegation zone while Spurs are eleventh having only won three of their ten league games this season.
So it’s not surprising that managers Marco Silva (Everton) and Mauricio Pochettino (Spurs) are under a lot of pressure.
Everton and Spurs suffered setbacks in the Premier League last weekend too.
The Toffees lost 3-2 at fellow strugglers Brighton in a game which saw Everton on the wrong end of a VAR review which overturned a referee’s decision for the first time in Premier League history.
Meanwhile, Spurs were beaten on Merseyside, going down to a 2-1 defeat at leaders Liverpool.
There was brief respite for Everton, who booked their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Watford but Silva’s job is far from safe.
Something will have to give when Everton and Spurs meet at Goodison Park. Below you can see the predicted line-ups for both sides, according to talkSPORT.com.
Everton team news
The club will make a late decision on Yerry Mina’s fitness after the defender came off with a knee issue during the victory over Watford.
Silva said at a press conference on Friday: “He worked with the team this morning. It was nothing serious, what he has in his knee at this moment.
“It’s just a matter of him having the conditions to support the pain he has in this moment. If he can do that, he can train and possibly he can play as well.”
They will definitely be without winger Bernard, who sustained a knee ligament injury at the Amex Stadium, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin remains sidelined.
How Everton could look
Tottenham team news
Defender Jan Vertonghen is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury but will be assessed for this weekend’s match.
Erik Lamela is also out with a thigh injury while Danny Rose is suspended for one game after accumulating five yellow cards.
Tanguy Ndombele is also set to come into the team having impressed a subsitute against Liverpool.
Giovani Lo Celso is set to be on the bench, although Pochettino is unhappy with his call-up to Argentina’s latest squad.
Lo Celso picked up a hip injury while on international duty in September and has only made two substitute appearances for Spurs since.
Pochettino said: “I am not happy but I accept because I defend the national team.
“I always back the decision of the national team because I was a player and I know what it means when you play for your flag.”
How Tottenham could look
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