Both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to give their hopes of finishing in top four a boost when they meet at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Friday night.
Everton are currently eighth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed West Ham United, while Tottenham occupy seventh position, six points off the Champions League positions.
For long stages of the season, Everton have been very much in the argument for a possible top-four finish, but a disappointing run of form at the worst possible time has seen the Toffees lose precious ground.
Indeed, a run of four games without a victory in the league – picking up just two points in the process – has left them down in eighth position, seven points behind fourth-placed West Ham, albeit with a game in hand.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side suffered back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Burnley towards the start of March and have been frustratingly held by Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion in their last two encounters.
The Merseyside giants will view their next two games against Tottenham and Arsenal as vital to their chances of claiming a European position, and a top-four finish could be possible if they manage to pick up maximum points from their two fixtures with the North London giants.
Everton have lost seven of their 15 league games at Goodison Park this term, but they have already beaten Spurs twice this season – once in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have only won one of their last four in the Premier League and will enter this match off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s side took the lead against the Red Devils through Son Heung-min, but an impressive second-half performance from the 20-time English champions saw them emerge victorious.
Spurs will face Manchester City in the EFL Cup final on April 25, but they were disappointingly knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb last month, and there is huge pressure on the club to claim a Champions League spot for the 2021-22 campaign.
Tottenham, as mentioned, are currently seventh in the table, six points behind fourth-placed West Ham, but they do not have a game in hand on the Hammers and would drop down to eighth if they lose this match.
The North London club have only won one of their last five matches in all competitions with Everton, while they have dropped points in nine of their 16 away league matches this term.
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