Everton and Tottenham Hotspurs will meet at Goodison Park on Monday night.
Everton’s recent success on the pitch has been overshadowed by allegations of financial misconduct, with the Premier League launching an investigation that could result in point deductions.
However, despite these off-field issues, the team’s recent performance has shown promising improvement.
Since Sean Dyche was appointed manager, Everton has won three of their four home games, each by a narrow margin of 1-0. These victories include impressive wins over current league leaders, Arsenal, and a Brentford side.
Dyche’s arrival has instilled renewed confidence in the squad after a turbulent period under former manager Frank Lampard.
Despite their recent success, Everton remains among the favorites for relegation, as they have played more matches than most of the other eight teams currently in the relegation mix.
Everton PL Form: L L D W D
It has been a turbulent week for Tottenham Hotspur, as they face a series of off-field and on-field challenges.
The departure of manager Antonio Conte, who left his post following a dramatic outburst after their draw with Southampton, has added to the uncertainty at the club.
Meanwhile, Cristian Stellini has been appointed as a temporary replacement for Conte until the end of the season.
To make matters worse, director of football Fabio Paratici has been hit with a worldwide ban by FIFA, ending his tenure with the club.
Despite these issues, Tottenham remains in the top four going into the weekend. However, they have played more games than some of their closest competitors, such as Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Spurs’ away form has also been a cause for concern, having lost their last five matches on the road. These defeats include a heavy loss to Leicester City, exits from the Champions League and FA Cup, and a defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The team’s most recent defeat at Southampton was particularly painful, as they squandered a late lead.
Tottenham Hotspurs PL Form: W W L W D
Everton’s star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin continues to be sidelined, with manager Sean Dyche refusing to provide a specific timeline for his return.
Spurs could be without Ivan Perisic for their upcoming match, as the winger hobbled off with a calf issue during Croatia’s victory over Turkey. However, he is expected to be available to start, having returned to training.
The situation at wing-back is less positive for Inter, as Ryan Sessegnon is still being prepared to return to the pitch. Meanwhile, Emerson Royal is set to be sidelined for around a month due to injury.
Everton’s expected starting lineup:
Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Godfrey; Iwobi, Onana, Gueye, Doucoure, McNeil; Gray
Tottenham Hotspur’s expected starting lineup:
Forster; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Pedro Porro, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Head to Head
Tottenham Hotspur and Everton have a long-standing rivalry, having played against each other 185 times in total.
Spurs have enjoyed the upper hand in this fixture, having secured 70 victories compared to Everton’s 57. The remaining 58 encounters between the two sides have resulted in draws.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Monday, April 3
Time: 07:00 pm, UTC
Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
As always, much will depend on the players’ form and the opposition they face, but with Stellini at the helm, there is a reason for Spurs fans to feel optimistic about their team’s chances in the coming weeks.