Everton v Tottenham team news & stats

Date published: Friday 1st January 2016 1:33

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In-form Tottenham are unbeaten in six Premier League games against Everton going into Sunday’s latest encounter at Goodison Park.

Team news

Everton will again be without James McCarthy after his comeback from a hip injury against Stoke lasted just 26 minutes before he suffered a recurrence of the problem.

Tom Cleverley, his replacement in that 4-3 home loss, is also doubtful because of an Achilles issue, but Phil Jagielka (knee) will make his return in one of the Toffees’ next three fixtures, while Steven Pienaar and Bryan Oviedo (both hamstring) are also close to featuring once more.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a groin injury, while Clinton Njie is unavailable with a knee problem, but Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are both fit again.

Kick-off at Goodison Park is at 4pm.

Opta stats

  • Tottenham are unbeaten in six Premier League games against Everton (W3 D3).
  • Spurs have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five Premier League meetings with Everton.
  • Tottenham will be looking to win their opening Premier League game of the calendar year for the sixth successive season.
  • Everton have won just three of their last 12 Premier League games (W3 D5 L4).
  • Tottenham will be looking to win four successive Premier League games for the first time since January 2014.
  • omelu Lukaku has scored 11 goals in his last 10 appearances for Everton (all competitions).
  • Lukaku has scored in each of his last five Premier League games at Goodison Park (seven goals in total).
  • Ross Barkley has scored (6) or assisted (7) 13 Premier League goals in 2015-16, more than his previous four Premier League campaigns combined (10).
  • Harry Kane scored 27 Premier League goals in 2015, more than any other player in the competition.
  • Last season, 16 of Harry Kane’s 21 Premier League goals came after the New Year.

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