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Ronald Koeman’s Everton side visit White Hart Lane on Sunday to take on Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur with each side looking for different ambitions at the end of the season. Tottenham are still fighting hard to compete with their title rivals while Everton though are trying to keep their hopes alive to qualify for Europe next season. Here are three key battles you can look forward to:
The two big, strong, and burly Belgians will go head to head and it should be a superb battle of strength and physicality. Romelu Lukaku has scored the opening goal of the game on seven occasions in the Premier League this season, more often than any other player has. Both players have a spirited combative quality and understand the game very well. Alderweireld should just be back from injury and be looking for a big challenge, he would receive it in the form of Lukaku. Whoever comes out on top could prove to be the star performer of the day.
Harry Kane has scored 12 goals in 11 league and cup games in 2017, including three hat-tricks. He has been in supreme form and is in the mood to set the tone for his side’s title push. Phil Jagielka has also been solid at the back for the Toffees and he will look to shut out any service to the Spurs’ hit-man. A mouth-watering battle awaits as the two Englishmen will be looking to impose their authority on the game. However, it is likely that Kane would be able to break-free from the clutches of Jagielka and find himself in space.
Playing just behind Harry Kane, the Tottenham midfielder will be hoping to feed in passes through to his other attackers and link up the play between the forwards. The job for Ashley Williams is to stabilize any threats that are caused by Alli. Williams has the task of commanding his back-line and play out from the back. Alli will be key to unlocking the Everton defence with his skill, movement, and pace in behind. The stage is set for a tactical battle and the two players will be looking to have an edge over the other on the field as they gear up for a contest to probably decide their fates by the end of the season.