35 min: Lucas Moura lashes the ball away and Eriksen buys Spurs 50-odd yards of territory, and now Everton find themselves on the back foot. A replay shows Yerry Mina needlessly pulled back Dele Alli as Spurs broke forward on the counter. Martin Atkinson is alerted to it and has a curt word with the defender.
32 min: Richarlison sends a shot at Gazzaniga! The Everton forward does the hard part, controlling Lucas Digne’s dinked cross from the left with his first touch before swivelling and getting a shot away. The ease with which Richarlison manhandled the ball was reminiscent of Joshua King against Manchester United on Saturday. But, the Brazilian’s effort lacks conviction and the Spurs goalkeeper comfortably gathers.
31 min: Eriksen is booked. Luís Boa Morte is going ballistic down on the touchline. Silva’s staying calm on this one. Those tackles have revved up Goodison.
30 min: Walcott goes into Martin Atkinson’s book for a late challenge on Ben Davies. Walcott is quick to embrace the Spurs full-back, who is all smiles. It turns out the VAR had a peek at whether Walcott’s challenge was deserving of upgrading to a red card but that’s not the case.
28 min: Nice move from Everton! Sidibé slips in Walcott, who races to the byline before standing up an inviting cross. Lurking towards the back post is André Gomes, who is not renowned for his aerial ability. The Everton midfielder gets his header all wrong, shunting the ball well over Gazzaniga’s goal.
27 min: Alderweireld nods a straight-off-the-training-ground free-kick wide of goal. It was well-worked by Spurs, who played it short but Everton made life difficult for Alderweireld, who needed a miracle to generate the required power to trouble Pickford. Down on the touchline, Silva is barking like mad.
25 min: André Gomes slides through Richarlison but the forward ends up taking the shot on early, rather than allowing the ball to run through in front of him. Richarlison ended up taking the sting out of the pass and giving Sanchez and Alderweireld the initiative to bite back at the Brazilian.
22 min: Spurs get sloppy and then so do Everton, with Digne undercooking a pass inside for Iwobi. Spurs gobble up possession and probe down the left. Ben Davies ends up buying a corner out of Walcott. That was all a bit cheap – and almost costly. The corner comes to nothing but, when Aurier recycles the ball, his cross from the right lures Pickford into a wild punch. Everton survive.
20 min: Sidibé drops the ball before taking a throw-in. It’s not quite happening for either team at the moment at a fairly subdued Goodison.
18 min: The Spurs buildup is all a little too pedestrian and predictable but, eventually, they work the ball wide to Serge Aurier, who whacks the ball in from the right. It’s straight down Jordan Pickford’s throat.
15 min: Walcott gallops into a gaping hole inside the Spurs box but the Everton winger’s cross is not good enough. He fizzes a pass into no man’s land and Spurs hoover up the danger. Everton have been bright without testing Gazzaniga.
12 min: Goodison rises to its feet to commemorate the life of James Myers, a 12-year-old who died on a railway line in Merseyside last month. On the pitch, both teams seem a little cagey; it is almost as if a lot is riding on this one.
11 min: Spurs almost carve an opening. After some patient buildup play, Toby Alderweireld floats a cross-field ball into Davies, who slides in Eriksen. But Everton eventually manage to crowd Tottenham out. It was a slick move, a sign of how Spurs can open up teams. That’s as good as it’s got for Spurs so far.
9 min: Pickford launches the ball high to Walcott out on the right flank. He tries and fails to keep it in, with Davies in close proximity.
5 min: Walcott’s pace causes more problems down the Spurs left but the winger’s decision-making lets him down. Again. He ends up running into trouble and Spurs clear their lines. Still, an encouraging start for Everton to build on.
4 min: Pickford wellies the ball downfield in search of Theo Walcott, who had comfortably eluded Davies, but Gazzaniga is alert to alert. It was a wonderful, mammoth Ederson-like kick down the pitch by Pickford. A beautiful kind of route one.
3 min: Spurs think they are in, but the assistant referee adjudged Ben Davies, who is wearing the captain’s armband, offside. The defender had been slipped in down the left flank. His low cross almost picked out Lucas Moura. But it counts for nothing.
1 min: Everton make a decent start. Richarlison plays a beautiful blind pass into Djibril Sidibé, who scurries forward. They knock the ball around, keeping hold of possession before trying to pick out Iwobi, but the cross evades him.
We’ve had an impeccable minute’s silence. Here we go …
Marco Silva speaks, and talks about Yerry Mina replacing Michael Keane, who has endured a torrid time. “When you have good competition, it’s always a tough decision,” he says. “We needed to establish a strategy and [consider] the strengths of the opponents as well, and that helps decide our best eleven. You have to plan.”
Mauricio Pochettino talks, and confirms Harry Kane is cocooned in a blanket on the sofa with a virus. “Him and his family got a virus, he started to feel bad on Friday night and it was impossible for him to train on Saturday or to travel with the team,” Pochettino says. “I hope he will feel better and be ready as soon as possible. It is always difficult with injured players like him or Hugo and of course we are trying to cope with this situation. We have a very good squad and different players can step up.”
Tim Cahill has just proclaimed Leicester “the real deal”. Brendan Rodgers’s side could have ended up with three or four in the end:
Leicester really are quite brilliant. Ben Chilwell, Youri Tielemans, Jamie Vardy and James Maddison, in front of the watching England assistant Steve Holland, have all been superb. Again. Beyond Manchester City and Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers’s side set the benchmark. Work to do for Everton and Spurs …
Leicester are about to return third in the table. They are two goals to the good against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park:
Team news news: the headline absentee is Harry Kane, with the England captain missing out for Tottenham through illness. Jan Vertonghen is not deemed fit enough to make up the numbers after a hamstring problem, while Ben Davies returns in place of the suspended Danny Rose to skipper Spurs. Ryan Sessegnon, however, is among the Spurs substitutes; he could make his Tottenham debut. As for Everton, Tom Davies is one of three changes for Marco Silva. Theo Walcott is also in from the off.
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Sidibé, Holgate, Mina, Digne; André Gomes, Delph; Walcott, Davies, Iwobi; Richarlison
Subs: Lössl, Keane, Coleman, Sigurdsson, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Kean
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Ndombele; Son, Alli, Eriksen; Moura
Subs: Vorm, Foyth, Dier, Sessegnon, Winks, Lo Celso, Parrott
Referee: Martin Atkinson
This, a meeting between teams 17th and 13th in the Premier League, says it all. Marco Silva has been drinking in The Last Chance Saloon for a while and the consensus is the under-pressure Everton manager is almost out of time. That’s despite two wins from his past three matches, though the latter came against his former club, Watford, in the cup in midweek. Shove Silva’s results under the microscope and the picture is bleak, with Everton hovering above the bottom three having won just three league games this season – against the division’s three W’s: Watford, Wolves and West Ham. If there is any consolation for Silva it is that each of those victories have come at Goodison Park, where they take on Tottenham determined to arrest their slump. “We need to change it as you can’t have two faces – one when you play at home and one completely different away,” Silva said.
Things are not entirely rosy for Mauricio Pochettino either, with the Spurs manager picking up just one win from his past five matches. Spurs, scarred from shellackings by Bayern Munich and then Brighton, have struggled to strike any form of balance or consistency, particularly on the road – they have yielded a single away win in the league since January – but Pochettino will hope his team take this opportunity to prove they are out of the woods. “At the moment we struggle a little bit in our confidence,” said Pochettino, whose side are winless in their past 11 away games. “The most important is how we are going to finish, it’s not nice to see you in the middle of the table but that is a reality we need to accept. If you don’t accept the reality you are going to struggle. We know very well that we need time, to be strong, be solid and start to win because that is going to be the best thing for us.”
Kick-off: 4.30pm (GMT)