FA Cup 5th Round preview: Everton v Tottenham Hotspur – Toffees to Edge Spurs
2020-21 FA Cup 5th Round preview: Everton v Tottenham Hotspur – Goodison Park – Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 – 20:15 BST
Jose Mourinho's Tottenham visit Merseyside to play Everton in a fifth-round clash of the 2020-21 FA Cup at Goodison Park on Wednesday's evening. While Everton dispatched Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday on their way to the fifth round, Spurs beat Marine and Wycombe Wanderers to reach to same stage.
As far Premier League form goes, Spurs broke a run of three defeats to beat minions West Bromwich 2-0 at home with their ace pair of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min getting a goal each. On the other hand, Carlo Ancelott's Toffees have just come out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Manchester United with Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting a death-time equalizer.
Everton Premier League form guide: D/W/L/D/W
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form guide: W/L/L/L/W
As for team news, Everton will be without the services of Niels Nkounkou, Jordan Pickford and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Midfielder Allan sustained a knock in the draw against United and may not be risked for the FA Cup clash.
For the Spurs, Dele Alli, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso are still recovering from their injuries and will not be able to make it for Wednesday's clash. Harry Kane, who returned from injury for the clash against West Brom may be introduced in the latter stages of the game.
Everton probable starting XI in a 4-3-3 formation: Robin Olsen (goal); Ben Godfrey, Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate; Fabian Delph, Bernard, Alex Iwobi; James Rodriguez, Joshua King, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Tottenham Hotspur probable starting XI in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Hugo Lloris (goal); Matt Doherty, Eric Dier, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Harry Winks, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg; Heung-Min Son, Steven Bergwijn, Gareth Bale; Carlos Vinicius
Jose Mourinho will make use of his bench-strength and probably throw Harry Kane into the mix as the match progresses. But Spurs' poor recent form could be a cause for concern going into February 10th's clash. Everton has had one of their best seasons in recent memory and have in them players like Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez who could win it for them. Which is why bookmakers are wagering on the hosts to progress to the quarter-finals.
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur odds
- Everton to win: 8/5
- Tottenham to win: 9/5
- Everton 1-0: 7/1
- Tottenham 1-0: 7/1
- Everton 2-1: 9/1 (predicted scoreline)
- Tottenham 2-1: 9/1
- Tottenham 2-0: 12/1
- Everton 2-0: 12/1
Tottenham have an overwhelming history against Everton – winning seven of their previous 14 encounters and losing only once. Interestingly the Toffees’ only win came as recently as in September last when they beat the Spurs 0-1 in an away game. So, it's current form versus history at Goodison Park on Wednesday as the result could potentially go anyway.