Some games come too soon. And after having to suffer through watching the Brighton & Hove Albion game on Monday, few fans will be excited about having to watch Everton again on Friday.
However, this is also a side that Everton beat 5-4 in a remarkable cup fixture a couple of months ago…
So how will the Blues line-up?
The good news is that four players are set to return against Spurs: Jordan Pickford, Allan, Andre Gomes and Joshua King.
Carlo Ancelotti also confirmed he expects to have Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina, Fabian Delph and Bernard back in time for next week’s game at Arsenal, but obviously Everton’s bench will still be made up of a lot of youngsters.
Absentees for the foreseeable future are midfield trio Abdoulaye Doucoure, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Tyler Onyango.
Tactics and Formation
Since Carlo persisted with a back five against Brighton, it’s hard to see him changing it for a game against Spurs.
One would hope he’ll make some tweaks to the system in order to spark a creative force, but options remain limited. That said, a first start for Joshua King isn’t unthinkable.
Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)
Jordan Pickford – 9/10
Mason Holgate – 9/10
Michael Keane – 9/10
Ben Godfrey – 9/10
Seamus Coleman – 8/10
Lucas Digne – 10/10
Allan – 8/10
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 7/10
Was one of Everton’s most pedestrian players on Monday and there’s a chance he or Tom Davies will be replaced by the fit again Andre Gomes.
Tom Davies – 7/10
James Rodriguez – 9/10
Richarlison – 10/10