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Key events

45 min: Son whips viciously into the Everton six-yard box. Romero and Richarlison compete to win a header. The ball pings off Onana’s shoulder and out for a corner. Nothing comes of that. There will be two added minutes.

44 min: McNeil is booked for a late slide on Doherty. Free kick out on the right. Spurs load the Everton box.

43 min: Another huge chance for Everton goes begging! Onana takes advantage of some confused Spurs play in the centre circle, and suddenly he’s got a yard ahead of everyone down the inside-left channel. He enters the box with only Lloris to beat, but like Gray before him, leans back and spoons over the bar.

42 min: Perisic goes over in the Everton box. Coleman had shoulder barged him in the ear as the pair challenged for a ball in mid air. The crowd want a penalty but Spurs don’t really make a fuss and the referee isn’t interested.

40 min: Richarlison advances on the Everton box and pearls a shot goalwards. It clanks off Tarkowski’s elbow and out for a corner. Richarlison wants a penalty, but Tarkowski had his back turned and his arm was beside his body … and he wasn’t in the penalty area anyway. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.

38 min: Bentancur is booked for a challenge on Gray. The award of a foul looked harsh, never mind a yellow card; it looked like Bentancur only made contact with the ball, and didn’t touch the player at all. Spurs are incensed, but Mr Tierney ain’t for turnin’.

36 min: The Sky commentator has just called this game “fascinating”. Oh dear. You know we’re in serious trouble when the F word is applied. This is not good entertainment. There’s no point trying to spin it.

34 min: Perisic crosses deep from the left. Doherty heads straight at Pickford, who tries to get Everton moving quickly on the counter by bowling out immediately. But McNeil is soon stripped of possession, and Kane tries to release Richarlison down the middle. Pickford comes to the edge of his box to claim, and might now think twice about making decisions that stretch the play.

32 min: Romero lashes wildly over the bar from 25 yards. The home fans are getting a little bit frustrated.

31 min: Everton have done a good job of quietening the crowd. Kane tries to get them going again with a dribble in a tight spot to the right of the Everton six-yard box, but Pickford comes out to smother at his feet.

30 min: The free kick is looped into the mixer, and the ball falls to Coleman on the edge of the box. His drive is deflected out for a corner, from which Tarkowski heads harmlessly over the bar. That’s now 49 corners Everton have taken this season, and they’ve yet to score as a result of one.

Everton's Seamus Coleman has a shot from the edge of the box.
Everton’s Seamus Coleman has a pop from the edge of the box. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images/Reuters

29 min: Gueye suddenly springs down the inside-left channel and draws a clumsy foul from Romero. A free kick, 35 yards out. Everton line up on the edge of the Spurs box.

28 min: Everton stroke it around the back. Spurs meanwhile sit back. Stalemate.

26 min: Davies crosses from the left. Everton only half clear, and the ball drops to Hojbjerg, who thinks about shooting, decides against it, then changes his mind with the crowd geeing him on. Bad idea. He slices woefully, his shot sailing harmlessly wide and high.

24 min: Everton should be leading. A long Coady pass down the right. Gray brings it down and scoots away from Bentancur. He’s clear, it’s been as simple as that! Gray enters the box down the inside-right channel with only Lloris to beat … but leans back and blasts over the bar. What a chance. Lampard holds his head in his hands.

22 min: Davies slips the ball in from the left. Kane takes up possession on the edge of the box and takes a shot that’s deflected out for a corner. Nothing comes of the set piece.

20 min: McNeil knocks the ball down the left touchline and backs himself in a footrace with Romero. Nope. This is becoming a little bit attritional. That’s not a complete surprise.

18 min: Onana and Romero come together in the centre circle, the Spurs defender ending up on the floor. The referee waves play on, as Richarlison has room to romp into, but the attack breaks down. No quarter given.

16 min: Everton launch their first meaningful attack. Onana sashays into the Spurs box from the left only to be denied a chance to shoot by Romero’s excellently timed slide tackle. Onana claims a penalty, but oh no. Goal kick.

14 min: Now Romero comes clattering into Gray. Nothing more than a free kick in the middle of the park. Before it can be taken, the referee talks to Pickford about the amount of time he’s taking over goal kicks. Pickford frowns and effs and jeffs, he’s not happy about being warned at all. There’s already a little bit of an edge to this match.

12 min: Everton attempt to play out from the back. Coleman is very nearly stripped of possession when Son presses. He manages to launch it, and then Maupay swings an arm into Dier’s startled mush. It looked purely accidental, but Maupay goes into the book for recklessness. That seemed a lot less egregious than the Mykolenko foul on Richarlison, but then there’s no second-guessing referees these days.

10 min: Spurs take an absolute age to decide what to do. Goodness knows what they were all talking about for so long, because when the free kick is finally taken, Son blooters it witlessly into the Everton wall.

8 min: Perisic is the boss of Coleman as he spins clear down the left. He can’t find Richarlison with his cross. Spurs come again, Son trying to squeak past Gueye just inside the box. He goes over and claims a penalty, but there wasn’t any contact. So Spurs come at Everton a third time, and Tarkowski fouls Richarlison just to the left of the D. Free kick in a very dangerous position.

6 min: Perisic works his way down the left and crosses deep. Richarlison springs up highest at the far stick but can’t get his header on target. He should have done much better from close range. A fast start from Spurs.

5 min: Space for Son down the left. He whistles a cross towards Kane, six yards out at the near post. Kane flicks a header that pinballs off Tarkowski and out for a corner. Nothing comes of the set piece, but that deflection could have gone anywhere.

4 min: Other than that, it’s been all Spurs in these opening exchanges.

2 min: The fact that challenge occurred after 39 seconds probably didn’t do Mykolenko any harm either. He landed his studs just above Richarlison’s ankle, bending the Brazilian’s leg. Thankfully there’s no lasting damage.

Spurs get the ball rolling. It isn’t very long before Mykolenko stands on Richarlison’s ankle. It’s an accident, but a clumsy one, and Richarlison is fortunate not to be seriously hurt. Mykolenko is fortunate Richarlison doesn’t make a big thing of it. You’ve seen red cards given for less.

Here come the teams! Spurs wear lily white, Everton royal blue. We’ll be off in a couple of minutes, once hands are shaken, coins are tossed … and the knee is taken. There’s no room for racism.

Antonio Conte speaks to Sky. “My expectation is for a tough game. We have to pay attention to their counter attack. They are a physical, strong team. It will be a special game for Richarlison. He is doing very well for us, and has adapted quickly.”

Frank Lampard adds: “Richarlison had a lot of respect for Everton, but I know the type he is as well. A hungry boy, who wants to play well and score goals. He’s unpredictable in a good way. There’s no hard feelings. He gave a lot to this club and left on a good footing. We wish him well – after today.”

Tottenham make three changes to the XI named for the win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night. Matt Doherty, Ivan Perisic and Ben Davies replace Clement Lenglet and Ryan Sessegnon, who drop to the bench, and the suspended Emerson Royal.

Everton make just the one change to the side sent out against Manchester United last Sunday. Anthony Gordon is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season, so Dwight McNeil takes his place.

The teams

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Doherty, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Perisic, Richarlison, Son, Kane.
Subs: Skipp, Sanchez, Gil Salvatierra, Sessegnon, Forster, Spence, Lucas Moura, Lenglet, Bissouma.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Iwobi, Gueye, Onana, McNeil, Maupay, Gray.
Subs: Keane, Calvert-Lewin, Begovic, Doucoure, Davies, Ruben Vinagre, Rondon, Garner, Welch.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).


Everton won here in September 2020 thanks to a goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin. That result is very much the outlier in this particular fixture: it’s the only time Tottenham have been beaten by the Toffees in their last 19 Premier League meetings. It’s also the only time Everton have won away at Spurs since 2008, when Vedran Corluka put through his own net. Throw in Tottenham’s current streak of seven wins at home in the Premier League, and the smart money will be on Antonio Conte’s third-placed side this evening.

But Everton are not the pushovers of last season. They’ve only let in nine goals so far in this campaign, and until Manchester United defeated them at Goodison last Sunday evening, had been on a seven-game unbeaten run. So they could quite easily make things awkward for Spurs tonight, especially if Conte plays his hand carefully, as is his wont more often than not. It probably won’t be a goalfest, then … but we’re only saying that in the hope of tempting fate into providing us with a classic. Kick off is at 5.30pm BST. It’s on!

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