Watch Live: Tottenham vs. Everton (Lineups and Discuss)

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A vital matchup in the hunt for the top four takes place today at White Hart Lane as Everton travels to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur at 8:30am ET on USA or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Make sure you tune to the correct channel! With the Winter Olympics taking control of NBCSN, the Premier League has a new temporary home.

Both teams are just a point apart in fifth and sixth, and they both look to keep pace with Liverpool in the fourth spot.  Only one team can do so, while a loss for either would certainly peg someone back.

A draw would probably be detrimental to both squads as well in that race, so this match could become a barnburner towards the finish line if neither squad has their noses in front.

Roberto Martinez comes into this match a point in the advantage, and he receives a bit of a boost to his bench.

New signing Lacina Traore is on the substitutes list and could make his Everton debut, while Gerard Deulofeu returns from an 8-match injury layoff to possibly boost the squad later in the match as well.

Seamus Coleman also returns to the starting lineup having missed a pair of games with an injury.


Tim Sherwood has decided to abandon his two-striker format, benching Roberto Soldado in favor of red-hot Emanuel Adebayor up top by himself.  Young Naleb Bentaleb earns his fifth straight start, joining Moussa Dembele and Paulinho in a crowded central midfield, so it will be interesting to see how this lineup shakes out on the pitch.


Tottenham – Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Dembele; Adebayor.
Bench – Friedel, Naughton, Kaboul, Capoue, Townsend, Defoe, Soldado.

Everton – Howard; Coleman, Baines, Distin, Jagielka; Barry, McCarthy, Osman, Pienaar, Mirallas; Naismith.
Bench – Joel, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Barkley, Stones, Traore.

Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid CF
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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?

Olivier Giroud: “I must harden myself” to unseat Walcott

Olivier Giroud, France
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Is it just me, or does the press really only ever get noteworthy quotes from players during international breaks?

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I suppose it’s not surprising, given Premier League players get away from the mean ole British press, go back to their respective homelands and speak with journalists they’ve likely known since their early playing days, thus feel more comfortable opening up about key issues.

Anyway, today we have Olivier Giroud essentially calling himself out for having lost the starting striker’s job at Arsenal because he’s been outplayed of late by Theo Walcott. As discussed before, this is bad news for Giroud because he’s now falling down the depth chart for France with next summer’s European Championship on the horizon.

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Giroud, on losing his place at Arsenal — quotes from the Guardian:

“At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change.

“Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. It is something new for me.

“I was in [Walcott’s] place in previous seasons at Arsenal. I imagine what he must have been thinking. But I feel that the coach believes in me.”

Giroud goes on to cast into doubt his own confidence, stating in very certain terms he needs “to believe more in [his] abilities.” Giroud’s always come across as a bit of an existentialist, but it’s always strange to hear players publicly call themselves out — particularly their confidence — as if that’s not going to increase the pressure currently weighing down on them.

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The next eight months are going to be monumentally important in Giroud’s career, as the 29-year-old attempts to prove he’s worth keeping around at Arsenal and deserving of a place in the national team squad for next summer’s EUROs, which are to be played in France.