Tottenham made three changes to the XI named after their win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night. Matt Doherty, Ivan Perisic and Ben Davies replace Clement Lenglet and Ryan Sessegnon, who dropped to the bench, and the suspended Emerson Royal.
Everton made just one change to the squad sent out against Manchester United last Sunday. Anthony Gordon is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season, so Dwight McNeil takes his place.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Doherty, Bentancourt, Hojbjerg, Perisic, Richarlison, Son, Kane.
Subs: Skip, Sanchez, Gil Salvateria, Sessegnon, Forster, Spence, Lucas Moura, Lenglet, Bissuma.
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Cowdy, Tarkovsky, Mikolenko, Iwobi, Guyet, Onana, McNeill, Maupai, Gray.
Substitutes: Keane, Calvert-Lewin, Begovic, Ducourt, Davies, Ruben Vinogre, Rondon, Garner, Welch.
Judge: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).
Everton won here in September 2020 thanks to a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal. This result is very exceptional in this particular fixture, the only time Tottenham have beaten the Toffees in their last 19 matches Major league meetings. It is also the only time Everton have beaten Spurs since 2008 when Vedran Corluka scored an own goal. Factor in Tottenham’s current seven-game winning streak at home in the Premier League and the smart money will be on Antonio Conte’s third-placed side tonight.
But Everton are not the pressures of last season. They have scored just nine goals this campaign and until Manchester United beat them at Goodison last Sunday night, they were on a seven-game unbeaten run. So they can make things pretty easy for Spurs tonight, especially if Conte plays it safe, as is more often than not the case. In that case, it probably won’t be a feast of heads… but we’re only saying that in hopes of tempting fate into giving us a classic. Kick off at 5.30pm BST. On!