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Everton and Tottenham lacking firepower for top four finish

| 27.11.2014

In recent seasons, Everton and Tottenham have tried to establish themselves as big guns in the Premier League, and are 6/1 with Coral to finish in the top four.

Ahead of the two sides’ clash on Sunday both find themselves in unfamiliar territory in the league table with Everton faltering down in ninth position and only ahead of Spurs in 10th on goal difference.

So have these sides got what it takes to push for a Champions League spot?

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has seen his team make a lacklustre start to the campaign.

A 90th minute Christian Eriksen strike gave his side a narrow 2-1 victory over Hull City in their last domestic outing, but were narrowly outgunned by Stoke City in the previous fixture.

The misfiring Londoners have failed to win back-to-back domestic games since August when they managed a four-match winning streak.

In Harry Kane, Spurs have a striker who is in top form in Europe, but has lacked keen eye for goal in the league. The 21-year-old has only bagged two goals domestically, with his rise in form coming mainly in the Europa League.

Although, Kane has only broke into the team recently, starting just two league games this season.

In the 2009/10 season the club flourished with a brilliant squad including big names such as Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe.

Ex-England striker was a key man in the incredible rise to a top four finish, with 18 league goals on his way to becoming the club’s all-time scorer.

Tottenham then claimed fourth spot again in 2011/12, this time Emanuel Adebayor proving the difference with 17 league strikes.

This term, Spurs are lacking the conviction that Defoe and Adebayor initially brought to White Hart Lane.

Instead, Pochettino has had to rely on a trio of hit-and-miss forwards in Roberto Soldado, Adebayor and Kane.

If fortunes are to change and fourth spot is to be claimed yet again, Pochettino must bring the best out of young-gun Kane, or try his luck in the lotto of the January transfer market.

Roberto Martinez has brought his own style of free-flowing, attacking football into the Toffees team, although the results to match their flair has so far deserted them.

Like Spurs, the Toffees have been missing a mercurial frontman that can drag the team through tight games and kill off matches that are in their favour.

In the 2004/05 season, David Moyes led the club to its first fourth place finish after a tremendous season in charge, with Tim Cahill blasting in 11 league goals for his side.

Everton assumed they had pulled off a superb signing when Romelu Lukaku permanently gave his services to Goodison Park.

However, the Belgian striker has failed to live up to the hype and to fill the void Cahill left with his departure in 2012.

With Southampton now in the mix, after an amazing run of form and a lack of firepower up front, it will be even more difficult for Everton and Tottenham to fight their way to into fourth spot again.

Saints are 7/4 to steal a Champions League place from their clutches.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.