Full-time - It’s 6-2 to the visitors, and the utter humiliation is complete. Goes down in history as one of the worst losses at home in the Premier League era and a season that had started with so much promise looks completely off the rails even before the halfway point.
90’ - Almost over Blues, almost over.
74’ - Everton defence picked apart easily once again - Coleman beaten, Keane beaten, Zouma beaten as Alderweireld, Son and Kane combine with precision to make it 6-2. Joke of a defence here now.
There's no stopping them today! Harry Kane scores his second and Tottenham's sixth! pic.twitter.com/pM1whXFX7N— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 23, 2018
70’ - Been nothing much to report in the last few minutes. Everton still futilely moving the ball around, Spurs very comfortable breaking play up and looking dangerous on the break.
62’ - More embarrassment. Son finds his way between Keane and Zouma and Lamela has all the time to pick the perfect pass. Son then nutmegs Pickford to rub it in. 5-2 Spurs.
53’ - Andre Gomes is down injured, and Morgan Schneiderlin comes on for him. First game in months for the Frenchman.
51’ - Sigurdsson looking recharged, and gets his goal against his former side. Beats four men and places his shot in the far corner beyond a sprawling Hugo Lloris. 4-2 now, no shortage of goals here.
49’ - Yikes. Spectacular shot from Christian Eriksen ensures that every one of the Spurs’ four forwards have a goal. Coleman’s poor clearance volleyed beautifully into the corner of the net, nothing either the defender or goalkeeper could do.
What a hit Eriksen! pic.twitter.com/gHRRj05dQb— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 23, 2018
48’ - Sigurdsson’s persistence and quick feet wins him a corner on the left. He took on three players multiple times and somehow kept the ball. Corner is cleared, of course.
46’ - The second half is underway. Erik Lamela is on for Dele Alli at the break.
Halftime - It’s 3-1 to Tottenham at the break. Tierney not giving that second Everton goal proving to be a gamechanger, but plenty of Blues are having awful games too, Pickford, Zouma, Coleman all terrible.
42’ - And another one. Needless foul from Zouma gives Spurs a freekick from an excellent position. Trippier curls it around the wall and off the base of Pickford’s left post, and the rebound falls kindly for Kane from ten yards out and he doesn’t miss from there. 3-1 now, three goals in fifteen minutes for the visitors.
Kane gets his goal and Spurs are flying! pic.twitter.com/Dbm9YDhfjZ— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 23, 2018
36’ - Pickford saves well from Son, but Dele scores on the rebound. Spurs breaking through the Blues’ high line at will right now, 2-1 to the visitors.
Dele Dele! Spurs come from behind to take the lead! pic.twitter.com/NyIE3CIU6H— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 23, 2018
33’ - Kieran Trippier first to go in the book, going chest high into DCL with his studs showing.
27’ - Horrendous miscommunication between Zouma and Pickford allows Son to equalize. Long ball over the top, goalie comes out to clear, Zouma gets in his way, and ball falls kindly to the South Korean who pots into a gaping wide net.
SON! That's an amazing finish by him! pic.twitter.com/DhFHej3VMg— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 23, 2018
24’ - Is that 2-0?! No!! Another dodgy call/non-call from the referee as DCL pots a fantastic header into the far left to corner, but its given as a push by the forward on Davinson Sanchez. Goodison is very unhappy with that call from Paul Tierney.
21’ - THEO!! Walcott comes sliding in and puts Everton ahead! Beautiful buildup from Sigurdsson to release DCL down the channel, and his centre is slotted in somewhat clumsily by Walcott, for his sixth goal against Spurs.
GOAL Everton! Theo Walcott gets the goal. pic.twitter.com/C2jtRM6BUO— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) December 23, 2018
16’ - Sarcastic cheers as once again Kane is through on goal but this time the offside is called. Spurs certainly dominating the play right now.
12’ - Whoa, Harry Kane spurns a perfect chance to take the lead. Played onside by Kurt Zouma on a long ball, Jordan Pickford rushes out and Kane volleys wide and over.
Son drags the ball out before crossing but somehow all the officials miss it - Goodison is livid as Davies gets a shooting chance that Pickford parries it away.
10’ - Close! First chance falls to the Blues as Richarlison heads a perfect cross just wide. Both Sigurdsson and DCL lunged at it but failed to get a touch.
6’ - Calvert-Lewin’s pace causing some issues down Spur’s right, all of the Blues’ endavours have been on our left. Coleman yet to leave his half of the pitch.
4’ - Spurs playing with a midfield diamond, passing the ball around pretty freely. Everton yet to find their groove here.
1’ - We’re underway!
Lineups - Two changes for Marco Silva as Idrissa Gueye is still out while Richarlison returns to his spot on the wing and Dominic Calvert-Lewin comes in as lead striker. Slightly surprised Ademola Lookman is not even in the squad, appears both he and Gana are still nursing knocks.
Spurs name a full-strength squad for this game too, lineups below.
Everton are about to start a run of four games in ten days that will pretty much determine whether they will continue to wallow in the mire of midtable teams or make a concerted challenge to break into the top six.
The visitors today are Tottenham Hotspur, who harbor ambitions of top two themselves. The London side are struggling with injury issues, but should have a strong enough side to make things competitive today at Goodison Park.
Date and start time: Sunday, December 23rd at 8:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m ET / 4:00 p.m. BST
Weather: 44°F/7°C, light rain, 35% chance of precipitation, 5 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: NBCSN - United States; Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event - United Kingdom, TSN2, RDS2 - Canada, SuperSport 3, RMC Sport 1, beIN Sports, DAZN
Radio: Everton Match Centre, BBC Radio 5 Live, TalkSport Radio World, SiriusXM FC
Gamethread: Liveblog will be updated above from one hour before kickoff
Starting XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gomes, Davies: Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Walcott; Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Stekelenburg, Mina, Baines, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Tosun, Niasse
Starting XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Rose, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Skipp, Lamela, Lucas