Everton and Tottenham Hotspur have been on the cusp of Champions League qualification a few times in recent years, and have fought each in some close games too during that time. While White Hart Lane has never been a happy hunting ground for the Blues, the atrocious behaviour of Spurs home fans this season has meant that more often than not an away team has left with three points from London.
Both teams played and won in the Europa League on Thursday, with Spurs at home while Everton were away in Germany. While Tottenham weren't completely convincing, the Toffees weren't at their magisterial best either at VfL Wolfsburg, taking advantage of some dubious refereeing and clinical finishing on the fast break.
While today's game is not a do-or-die situation, the mediocrity of the bulk of the teams in this season's Premier League means that any team that can string together some wins has a chance to get high in the upper echelons of the table.
Everton XI - Howard, Baines, Jagielka (c), Distin, Coleman, Barry, Besic, Eto'o, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku
Everton subs - Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Atsu, Osman, Pienaar, Garbutt
Tottenham XI - Lloris (c), Vertonghen, Chiriches, Fazio, Davies, Bentaleb, Mason, Lennon, Eriksen, Kane, Soldado
Tottenham subs - Vorm, Kaboul, Paulinho, Lamela, Dier, Dembele, Chadli
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