Everton will play host to fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Matchday 10 in the English Premier League on Sunday, 3 November 2013.
The Toffees, who have won 28 points from their last 10 Premier League home fixtures, will be l0oking for their third successive league win at the weekend, having defeated Hull City and Aston Villa in back-to-back weeks.
Meanwhile, the North Londoners enter Sunday’s clash at Goodison Park with a four-match winning streak in all competitions, including league wins over none other than Villa and Hull.
Antolín Alcaraz (hernia) Arouna Koné (knee) and Darren Gibson have all been ruled out for the hosts, while Tottenham with be without the likes of Danny Rose (ankle), Emmanuel Adebayor (foot), Nacer Chadli (hamstring), and Zeki Fryers (groin).
Holland international John Heitinga is available for selection after missing Everton’s last two matches with a muscle injury.
Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton is 50-50 after picking up a thigh problem in the Capital One Cup against Hull City in midweek.
Possible Starting Lineups
Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar; Lukaku.
Available substitutes: Robles, Jelavic, Heitinga, Naismith, Osman, Oviedo, Hibbert, Deulofeu, Stones, Vellios.
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen; Townsend, Sandro, Paulinho, Sigurðsson; Eriksen, Soldado.
Available substitutes: Friedel, Gomes, Dembélé, Holtby, Naughton, Lamela, Lennon, Defoe, Kane.
Andre Villas-Boas on Spurs’ shoot-out win over Hull City in the Capital One Cup: ”It was a great, entertaining game and the supporters were absolutely fantastic.
“To see their response after we suffered a setback was very pleasant, they can make that difference for us.
“It was a great atmosphere and it was great for the team to feel that empathy with the supporters.”
Roberto Martinez: ”We’ve been able to show different dimensions to our play to get results but we haven’t fulfilled our potential yet.
“We have a squad that can compete with anyone but when you’re trying to learn new things, you need to practice them, master them.
“Tottenham have a squad that is as strong as anything you’ll see in this league. It’s not about Gareth Bale.
“In modern football, it’s what you do in the next step. Tottenham haven’t felt sorry for themselves.”
Belgium international forward Romelu Lukaku, 7/4 to score at anytime on Sunday, has tallied five goals and one assists in five league appearances for the Toffees this term.
Tottenham are win-less (0-3-3) in their last six Premier League games at Goodison Park.
Spurs striker Roberto Soldado, who joined the club from Spanish outfit Valencia for a reported fee of £26 million in the summer, has scored just one league goal from open play this season.
Andre Villas-Boas’ side have scored more penalties, 3 (all converted by Soldado), than any other side in England’s top-flight in 2013/14, and are subsequently 8/1 to score a penalty against Everton on Sunday.
Everton 1 – Tottenham 1 (11/2)