Top-four-chasing Tottenham welcome an Everton side fighting to retain their Premier League status on Monday at 21:00 GMT. With three points crucial for both teams, this will be a passionately contested match.
Can Tottenham Get the Three Points they need to bolster their Fight for a Top-Four Berth?
Antonio Conte’s side have lost the consistency that characterised the team when the Italian took over from Espirito Santo. This is underscored by the two wins and three losses they have posted in the last five matches.
If Tottenham are to compete for a top-four berth, they will need to be consistent in the remaining 13 matches, starting with Monday’s clash with relegation-threatened Everton.
Conte’s side are five points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, although they also have two matches in hand on the Red Devils. This indicates that Spurs are still in with a shout in the top-four race.
Can Everton Get out of the Relegation Zone and Move towards Safety?
One win in the last five rounds of English Premier League matches is relegation form. Frank Lampard’s side have slipped into the bottom four. They are currently 17th and one point above 18th-placed Burnley.
Although they have matches in hand with the sides above them, they will need to improve their form if these matches are to count.
The clash with Tottenham is important for Everton because a loss could see them slip into the drop zone.
Antonio Conte’s side have suffered a massive drop in form in recent matches. They have collected only six points from the last six rounds of fixtures in the league. This run includes two wins and four losses.
This run also includes a three-match losing stream, which was halted by that massive 3-2 win at Manchester United. However, this season-high performance was followed by a tame 1-0defeat at Burnley, which underscored Tottenham’s inconsistency.
After the impressive 4-0 win over out-of-form Leeds, Antonio Conte will be hopping that his side will perform equally well when they face another out-of-form side, Everton on Monday.
Lampard’s side have collected three points from their last six rounds of outings in the league.
This run comprises one win (3-0 against Leeds) and five losses. This is relegation form, and new manager Lampard will have to arrest their form urgently to bolster their chances of survival in the league this season.
A big performance against Tottenham is needed on Monday or Goodison Park side risk slipping into the drop zone.
Antonio Conte has several players that are doubts for the clash with Everton on Monday. 21-year-old defensive midfielder Oliver Skipp has been struggling with a groin strain since February 5th, he is a doubt for Monday.
Centre-back Japhet Tanganga is likely to miss the Everton match as the 22-year-old recovers from a knee injury.
Tottenham will also be without new signing Rodrigo Bentancur, with the 24-year-old nursing an ankle injury. Brazilian Luca Moura is also a doubt for the Everton match with a dead leg.
Frank Lampard will be missing the services of central midfielder Tom Davies; the 23-year-old is missing since November 19th, 2021 with a knee injury.
Centre-back Yerry Mina is also facing thigh problems and is expected back in the middle of March, which means he will be unavailable for the Tottenham clash.
Everton are also without experienced central midfielder Fabian Delph and attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Possible Starting Lineups
Lloris; B. Davies, E. Dier, C. Romero; R. Sessegnon, H. Winks, P. Hojbjerg, M. Doherty; H. Son, Kulusevski; H. Kane
Pickford; S. Coleman, M. Holgate, M. Keane, J. Kenny; A. Doucoure, Allan, D. van de Beek; A. Iwobi, Richarlison, A. Gordon
Players to Watch
The England Captain has been a revelation for Tottenham in recent games. As his goal-scoring groove has come back, his importance to Tottenham has been underscored. He will be crucial for them in the match against Everton.
The Brazilian international will lead Everton against Tottenham; he provides dynamism, movement, important runs, and the finishing touch for Everton. He will be vital for Everton’s chances of taking something form the game.
Expect Tottenham to be pragmatic in their back-three shape preferred by Antonio Conte. Everton will seek to be controlled in possession and defend in numbers.
Tottenham will take all three points on Monday.
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