Everton are travelling to North London for their Premier League tie against Tottenham Hotspur on the 13th of January. The bowed out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 loss to Liverpool and Toffees fans were left dissatisfied with the controversial penalty decision given to the Reds. James Milner slotted the ball past Jordan Pickford in the 35th minute to break the deadlock and that goal played a major part in the result.
However, this might not be the worst state of affairs for Sam Allardyce who has been tasked with returning the club to European qualification spot. Everton have fallen 3 points behind Leicester City in the 9th spot of the Premier League after a 0-2 loss to Manchester United at Goodison Park.
They were outclassed in that matchup and are eager to bounce back to winning ways against Tottenham at Wembley. After a gruelling winter schedule, the players will be coming back from a well-deserved rest period and are boosted by the arrival of Cenk Tosun.
A win, however, will be tough to prize away from a side who are equally hungry to climb up the points table. Tottenham dropped crucial points against West Ham United in their last fixture and failed to break a significant gap away from rivals Arsenal. Mauricio Pochettino will be in no mood to lose another 3 points at home.
Allardyce is expected to field his men in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Jordan Pickford is the first choice to appear in between the sticks and should get the nod for this fixture.
Mason Holgate has been a live wire for the Toffees so far but got himself into a messy confrontation with Roberto Firmino. He might receive a suspension with FA still investigating the incident. Jonjoe Kenny should replace him in the right-back position with Rhu-Endly Cuco Martina on the left.
Phil Jagielka might get featured ahead of Ashley Williams and get paired up with Michael Keane in the centre-back role.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been inconsistent for the Dogs of War but is still a top choice under Allardyce. He might appear in the holding midfield duo alongside Tom Davies.
Wayne Rooney is a predicted starter in the attacking midfield position. He might get flanked by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left, who scored the winning goal against Liverpool. Yannick Bolasie has been impressing on his return and is expected to start from the right wing.
Aaron Lenon can make a substitute appearance in the second half.
Cenk Tosun is expected to make his debut for the club in the lone striker role. Opening his goal tally will only make the fans love him more being the sensational talent that he already is.
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