As it stands, Tottenham are Chelsea’s closest challengers in the Premier League, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side are 10 points behind the Blues and are also by no means comfortable in terms of a top-four position in the table.
Indeed, just five points currently separate sixth-placed Manchester United from second-placed Spurs, while Manchester City, Arsenal and Man United all have games in hand over Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool. It is shaping up to be a fascinating battle for a Champions League spot this term and too many draws might well end up costing Pochettino’s team this season.
Only Middlesbrough (10) and Man United (9) have drawn more Premier League games than Tottenham (8) this season. However, just three defeats has left the London club in second position in the division. It has been another impressive campaign up until this point and they will enter this match off the back of a thumping 4-0 victory over Stoke City at White Hart Lane last weekend.
A 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on February 11 was followed by a 1-0 loss at Genk in the Europa League on February 16, and they actually exited the European competition at the last-32 stage after only managing a 2-2 draw at home to Genk last week. Elimination from the Europa League might well be a blessing, however, as they now only have the league and FA Cup to focus on in the final months.
Tottenham are also the only unbeaten side at home in the Premier League this season, winning 11 of 13 fixtures. If they overcome Everton, the London side would set a new club record for successive Premier League victories at White Hart Lane (9).
Away from home, Spurs have struggled this season – losing at Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool – and their form on the road has stopped them seriously challenging for the title up until this point. They have a decent run of fixtures over the next few weeks, however, and will be confident of staying above the likes of Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United.
In Harry Kane, Spurs also have a player that has scored 17 Premier League goals this season, and 22 in all competitions. He hit a hat-trick against Stoke last weekend and the 23-year-old will be hoping to outshine Everton’s Romelu Lukaku during the attractive fixture at White Hart Lane this weekend.