Feb 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
A vital matchup in the hunt for the top four takes place today at White Hart Lane as Everton travels to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur at 8:30am ET on USA or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
Make sure you tune to the correct channel! With the Winter Olympics taking control of NBCSN, the Premier League has a new temporary home.
Both teams are just a point apart in fifth and sixth, and they both look to keep pace with Liverpool in the fourth spot. Only one team can do so, while a loss for either would certainly peg someone back.
A draw would probably be detrimental to both squads as well in that race, so this match could become a barnburner towards the finish line if neither squad has their noses in front.
Roberto Martinez comes into this match a point in the advantage, and he receives a bit of a boost to his bench.
New signing Lacina Traore is on the substitutes list and could make his Everton debut, while Gerard Deulofeu returns from an 8-match injury layoff to possibly boost the squad later in the match as well.
Seamus Coleman also returns to the starting lineup having missed a pair of games with an injury.
Tim Sherwood has decided to abandon his two-striker format, benching Roberto Soldado in favor of red-hot Emanuel Adebayor up top by himself. Young Naleb Bentaleb earns his fifth straight start, joining Moussa Dembele and Paulinho in a crowded central midfield, so it will be interesting to see how this lineup shakes out on the pitch.
Tottenham – Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Dembele; Adebayor.
Bench – Friedel, Naughton, Kaboul, Capoue, Townsend, Defoe, Soldado.
Everton – Howard; Coleman, Baines, Distin, Jagielka; Barry, McCarthy, Osman, Pienaar, Mirallas; Naismith.
Bench – Joel, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Barkley, Stones, Traore.
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