- Everton have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight matches.
- Tottenham have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven fixtures.
- Everton have lost just one of their last seven games.
- Tottenham were beaten in three of their last four assignments.
Showpiece cup showdown at Goodison Park
FA Cup dark horses Everton and Tottenham Hotspur meet on Merseyside on Wednesday evening, in a potential slugfest where goals at both ends look likely.
Spirits will be high in the Toffees’ camp after Everton stole a point late on at Old Trafford in a pulsating 3-3 draw on Saturday, where prolific centre-forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin notched his 16th and 17th goals of the campaign.
The 23-year-old from Sheffield was the Blues’ main man again back in September when Everton last played and beat Spurs 1-0 in North London, and Carlo Ancelotti’s charges will be confident that they can put Tottenham to the sword again this week.
Kane returns with a bang for Spurs
Tottenham’s talisman Harry Kane made an early comeback from an ankle injury against West Brom on Sunday, and the 27-year-old re-announced himself in typical style with the game’s crucial opening goal.
With Kane’s influence key, Spurs ended a run of three defeats with their 2-0 victory against the Baggies, though a date with a much classier Everton team promises to test Tottenham’s powers of recovery to the limit.
Back goals at both ends at Goodison Park
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Harry Kane spearheading the attacks, and a talented supporting cast backing both strikers up, goals at both ends look possible at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Everton have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight assignments, while Spurs’ shutout against the Baggies was their first in seven attempts in all competitions, and with defensive issues lingering on both sides, chances should present themselves at either end of the pitch.
Unbeaten in seven visits there, Tottenham have a fine record at Goodison Park, and that should allow them to approach Wednesday’s cup clash with a degree of confidence, however, Everton are an impressive counter-punching unit under Carlo Ancelotti, and the Blues have the pace in forward areas to make swift inroads against Spurs’ slow centre.
With that considered, our 2-1 correct score prediction backs the hosts to triumph against a Tottenham team lacking conviction and confidence after a difficult start to the new year.