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Premier League: Spurs can add to Toffees' woes

Everton’s midweek draw against Fulham saw the Merseyside outfit drop down into the relegation zone and Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur can add to the Toffees’ problems on Saturday.

Spurs were given a scare when they went behind at home to Brentford in their midweek outing but the Lilywhites stormed back into the game to run out 3-2 winners in north London.

A trip to Merseyside awaits Postecoglou and his troops, as they look to consolidate their top-four place and even try to narrow the gap on Premier League frontrunners Liverpool.

WhatEverton v Tottenham Hotspur
WhereGoodison Park, Liverpool
When22:30 (AEST), Saturday 3rd February
How to watchOptus Sport
OddsEverton 2.80, Draw 3.50, Tottenham 2.45

Spurs avoid Brentford banana skin

Tottenham head into the weekend’s encounter with Everton on the back of a hard-fought win over Brentford in the capital.

Neal Maupay found the back of the net after just 15 minutes to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the half-time whistle.

Postecoglou’s half-time team talk certainly seemed to do the trick, as Spurs went on to score three goals in the space of eight minutes.

Destiny Udogie, Brennan Johnson and Richarlison all got on the scoresheet to give Tottenham some breathing space, while Ivan Toney’s 67th effort proved to be simply a consolation goal.

Postecoglou admitted he was not happy with the first-half performance and knows they will need to be better at the weekend.

"We were getting dragged into things, that's not who we are,” he said. “We were chatting to the ref more than we were playing football. We are naive at times, focusing on the wrong things, but that's all part of our growth.

"The lads showed character to come back, for 25 minutes of the second half we were outstanding, the type of team we can be. It could have been easy to drop our heads."

Now back in the top four on the ladder, Spurs are 2.45 to come away from Merseyside with the three points, while the draw is available at 3.50.

It’s worth noting Tottenham will still be without skipper Heung-Min Son, while the South Korean star is competing at the business end of the Asian Cup.

Toffees desperate to end winless run

Without a win in the Premier League since mid-December, Everton have lost three and drawn two of their last five league outings.

A midweek stalemate at Fulham saw Everton slip into the bottom three, in a position that has been all too familiar for the club in recent years.

A 10-point deduction has certainly not helped their cause this season and Everton will need to start picking up wins soon, especially with Nottingham Forest and Luton Town showing some fighting spirit of late.

Everton’s home form has got them out of trouble in the past and Saturday’s encounter for Spurs will be a tricky one, despite the hosts’ recent form.

The Toffees are available at 2.80 to claim a valuable three points in their bid to pull clear of trouble.

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