After booking our place in the Champions League Final with a dramatic victory over on Ajax on Wednesday night, we host Everton on Sunday on the final day of the Premier League season (3pm).
Going into the game, our place in next season’s Champions League is all but secure with fifth-placed Arsenal needing to win while relying on us to lose and for there to be an eight-goal swing between both our encounter with the Toffees and their trip to Burnley.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Toffees as we look to put a top-four finish beyond all doubt…
Our Merseyside-based opponents will be without forwards Dominic Calvert-Lewin (minor knock) and Richarlison (rib) for their visit to north London.
Irish international Seamus Coleman could also miss out with a groin injury but midfielder Andre Gomes will be available for selection once more having served a three-match suspension.
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One to watch
Since starring for England at last summer’s FIFA World Cup, Jordan Pickford has had a mixed season for Everton. In recent weeks, the form of the goalkeeper has been questioned by some, but the shot-stopper has an impressive record of clean sheets with 13 so far to his name – a record that is only bettered by Liverpool’s Alisson (20) and Manchester City’s Ederson (19).
The former Sunderland man has also saved three penalties so far this campaign, which is the most in the Premier League.
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Last five meetings
23 December, 2018 – Everton 2-6 Spurs – Premier League
13 January, 2018 – Spurs 4-0 Everton – Premier League
9 September, 2017 – Everton 0-3 Spurs – Premier League
5 March, 2017 – Spurs 3-2 Everton – Premier League
13 August, 2016 – Everton 1-1 Spurs – Premier League
We hammered the Toffees on our visit to Merseyside last Christmas as we came from behind to score six at Goodison Park. Theo Walcott had opened the scoring on 21 minutes for Marco Silva’s side as he slotted in from close range but, by half-time, we had flipped the game on its head as Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli and Harry Kane all found the back of the net to put us in control of proceedings.
Three minutes after the restart, a sublime volley from Christian Eriksen put us 4-1 ahead but almost immediately, our opponents pulled another goal back through former Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But it would be of little consolation to our opponents as Son and Kane both found the back of the net for us to wrap up a comprehensive victory in the north-west.
Highlights: Everton 2-6 Spurs
It has been a strong end to the season for Everton as they have won five out of their last seven.
Triumphs over Chelsea, West Ham, Arsenal, Manchester United and Burnley, as well as a draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, has seen the Toffees mount a late charge for the European places with their form the third best in the Premier League currently, just behind title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool.
Their run is largely down to a tightened defence which has conceded just two goals in their last 630 minutes of football.
Back in February, 2007, Jermaine Jenas popped up with a late, late winner against Everton to seal our first away win in the league for two months.
With 35 minutes gone, we took a deserved lead as Dimitar Berbatov rattled in Aaron Lennon’s cross, but it would not be an advantage we would take into the break, as Mikel Arteta brought the home side level seven minutes later.
That was just a blot on our copybook though as we continued to press home our superiority, creating chance after chance.
Eventually, we would have our winner. We had to wait until the final minute of the game for it, but the strike was certainly worth the wait, as Jenas picked up the ball on the edge of the box and steadied himself before curling the ball past goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Jermaine Jenas celebrates his late winner against Everton
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Played for both
Striker Louis Saha spent four years on Merseyside, scoring 34 goals before leaving in 2012 to join us for the second half of the 2011/12 season.
Beginning his career at Metz in his native France, Louis first gained attention in England for his performances while on loan at Newcastle United in 1999 – a spell which saw him earn a move to Fulham where he made an even bigger impact, as he helped the Cottagers to reach the Premier League and win the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
In 2004, Manchester United came calling for the striker’s services and while at Old Trafford, the forward boosted his trophy haul with two Premier League titles, a League Cup and the Champions League as he was part of the United side that beat Chelsea in the 2008 European final. Following the end of that campaign, he moved to Goodison Park and helped the Toffees reach the FA Cup final in that same season – scoring the fastest goal in the final’s history in an eventual 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
He ended his spell in the north-west in 2012 as he moved to north London in January, 2012, making 12 appearances for us and scoring four goals in five months at White Hart Lane before later turning out for Sunderland and Lazio.Previous
What they’re saying
Addressing members of the media in his pre-match press conference, Everton boss Silva spoke of his happiness with his side’s recent performances, but he admits he is still wanting even more from them.
“I can see progress – not just when I look to the points in the table,” Silva said. “We are happy with the things we have improved in our squad, how the players are playing with freedom, knowing each other better, starting to make connections and knowing better our philosophy as well.
“We are creating more chances and we are more balanced. We are more solid, too. You see how we have finished the season. It is important to see some improvements in the team and I think it is easy to see them.
“About the points, we have done better than last season. Not just that, there is a big difference between our goals scored and conceded.
“Of course, I want more, and we all want more. Now is the moment to analyse everything and see where we can improve next season.”