Everton v Tottenham Sat 17:30
After playing in midweek, Spurs will need to dig deep and find reserves amongst themselves as they face a difficult trip as odds underdogs with Ladbrokes as they make the trip to Everton today.
Despite progressing to the quarter-finals of the competition, Tottenham Hotspur can take little positives from their FA Cup fifth round replay performance against League One Stevenage.
The North London outfit may have finished as 3-1 victors in the fixture but left it up to a second half resurgence after going down in the opening minutes.
One player who is certain not to feature this weekend is Michael Dawson who, after suffering a serious knee injury in the domestic tournament, is expected to be out for between ten and 12 weeks with the possibility that he may not play again this season.
Aaron Lennon was another Spurs star to be forced off against The Boro on Wednesday and is expected to miss the trip to Goodison Park while Louis Saha will not play for more personal reasons.
The 31 year-old completed a move to White Hart Lane from Merseyside in January and is understood to have struck a gentleman’s agreement with David Moyes that he would not play a part in the Toffees’ demise.
Everton haven’t got quite as many absences as their weekend opponents but Darron Gibson is one player who looks likely to miss the encounter.
The Republic of Ireland international picked up a knee injury last month and won’t be expected to return until later this month while Steven Pienaar is unable to play as a part of his loan deal from Tottenham.
Everton’s attack hasn’t been anything to write home about this season and David Moyes’ team have only scored more than two goals in a Premier League on three occasions.
The Toffees defence has been a different matter altogether though as Everton have conceded a decent average of just one goal per game when playing at Goodison Park this campaign.
The People’s Club are currently enjoying an eight-match unbeaten run but it makes for bad omens that their last loss came against Tottenham in January.
Spurs have gone their last two league outings without gaining a point and will be keen to return to winning ways on Saturday if they are to keep their bid of finishing third alive.