A game of stylistic intrigue awaits at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday as Spurs host one of the Premier League’s hottest outfits, Everton.
While Ange Postecoglou’s side have won back-to-back games, Everton have won four straight in the Premier League. However, the Toffees exited the Carabao Cup in midweek after losing to Fulham on penalties.
Spurs do have an excellent recent record against Everton, but they’ve got their work cut out if they’re to continue their fine run on Saturday. Ange’s injury list is still extensive, and two suspensions have exacerbated his availability woes.
Here’s how Tottenham could line up against Everton on Saturday.
GK: Guglielmo Vicario – The Italian has been a revelation since joining in the summer. Vicario impressed yet again last Friday as he racked up his fifth Premier League clean sheet.
RB: Pedro Porro – The magisterial Spaniard is thriving in Ange’s set-up and has been a constant in the starting lineup this season.
CB: Cristian Romero – Romero escaped the City Ground without attempting to murder an opponent, but he continues to walk a tightrope on four bookings.
CB: Ben Davies – The unassuming Welshman has been excellent since coming into the side. Despite the absence of Destiny Udogie, Davies should continue alongside Romero.
LB: Emerson Royal – The Brazilian has featured across the backline this season, and he’ll be asked to drift inside from left-back when Spurs have the ball on Saturday.
DM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Hojbjerg is set for a prolonged run in the side at the base of midfield with Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur unlikely to feature until February.
CM: Pape Matar Sarr – Maybe Sarr was the glue all along? Tottenham have returned to their previous potency since the relentless Senegalese midfielder returned from injury.
CM: Dejan Kulusevski – The Swede enjoyed his brief stint in a central role during Spurs’ losing run, and we could see him return to his preferred function at the weekend. Kulusevski will have to outwit an imposing Everton midfield.
RW: Brennan Johnson – The winger should be fine for Saturday after suffering a head injury on his return to the City Ground. Johnson has so far looked more impressive off the right flank.
ST: Richarlison – Having scored three goals in two games, Richarlison is enjoying the best spell of his Spurs career after returning from surgery.
LW: Son Heung-min – The skipper has been ubiquitous thus far, and he’s enjoying quite the bounce back season after playing through pain in 2022/23.