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Tottenham 4-0 Everton: Spurs smack Big Sam’s Toffees

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  • Kane becomes Spurs leading PL scorer
  • Son with goal, assist
  • Toffees winless in five, pointless in three
  • Tosun makes Everton debut

Harry Kane made history and Heung-Min Son terrorized the Toffees as Tottenham Hotspur battered Everton 4-0 on Saturday.

Kane scored twice to become Spurs’ all-time leading scorer in the Premier League, Son recorded a goal and an assist, and Christian Eriksen scored the final goal of the blowout as Spurs went above Liverpool on goal differential before the Reds face Man City on Sunday.

Everton is ninth with 27 points, seven points clear of the drop zone. Sam Allardyce‘s men are winless in five and have lost three straight league matches.

New striker Cenk Tosun played a little over an hour for his Everton debut, but was deprived of service.

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The game opened up in the 22nd minute, as Wayne Rooney nodded in but was offside and Spurs would’ve answered at the other end were it not for a Jordan Pickford save.

Son joined Jermain Defoe as Spurs players to score in five-straight home matches, passing home in the 26th minute to give the North Londoners a lead.

The South Korean then got an assist on Kane’s goal, using a sublime turn to dart down the left flank before cutting square for the star striker to pass beyond Pickford.

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Son played Dele Alli through on Pickford moments later, but Dele opted for his right foot instead of left and the Everton keeper shut him down. Son hit the post before the hour mark and was recalling Cristiano Ronaldo with his vision and power.

It was Kane who’d score next, though, tapping an Eric Dier pass beyond Pickford for his Spurs’ record goal.

Pickford made a pair of fine saves on Son and then Dele in the 77th minute.

He’d be back to looking behind him when Son played Dele the ball near the 18, and the latter backheeled for Eriksen to belt home. 4-0.

Swansea 0-2 Tottenham: Spurs stay red-hot

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  • Llorente scores controversial winner
  • Tottenham up into fifth place
  • Alli scores late on with assist from Kane

Tottenham Hotspur battled to a 2-0 win at a spirited Swansea City side in treachrous conditions at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.

Fernando Llorente, playing against his former club, headed home a controversial opener and despite heavy Swansea pressure in the second half Spurs sealed the victory late on as Dele Alli continued his good form.

With the win Tottenham move into fifth place and have 40 points, while Swansea stay bottom on 16 points.

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Spurs went ahead after 12 minutes with Christian Eriksen‘s free kick from the left nodded home by Llorente, but the Spanish striker was clearly in an offside position against his former club. The goal stood as Llorente scored on his first PL start for the club.

In the driving rain in South Wales the away side continued to push with Llorente sliding in and going close to getting on the end of another pinpoint pass.

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Before half time Swansea had a free kick in a dangerous area but Renato Sanches was off target, while Martin Olsson fired wide with the soggy conditions impacting the flow of the game.

Llorente almost scored a carbon copy of his first goal just before half time, as he elected to use his foot to flick on Eriksen’s superb free kick but the Spaniard’s effort was over the bar.

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Spurs started the second half brightly with Dele Alli going close and Heung-Min Son also looked dangerous.

However, Davinson Sanchez was lucky to stay on the pitch as he picked up a yellow card and then clattered into Olsson but no second yellow was dished out. Soon after Victor Wanyama made his long awaited return and came on for Sanchez who had pushed his luck.

Lukasz Fabianski denied Alli and then at the other end substitute Luciano Narsingh ran in behind and from a tight angle forced Hugo Lloris into a save.

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Alli then nodded a header close from Eric Dier‘s ball and up the other end Lloris came flying off his line as Jordan Ayew looked certain to equalize but Ben Davies cleared superbly.

Mike Van der Hoorn then hit the post with Lloris beaten as Harry Kane jumped off the bench to try and help Spurs see out the win. Son went close as he volleyed Kieran Trippier‘s cross inches wide late on, but Tottenham sealed things late on.

Kane played in Alli superbly to finish at the second attempt as Spurs won 2-0.

Premier League Preview: Tottenham vs. Southampton

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  • Spurs unbeaten in last 11 Boxing Day fixtures; Saints unbeaten in last six
  • Southampton has won just ONE of last 10 matches
  • Harry Kane needs one goal to break PL goal record in calendar year
  • Saints have won just three of 18 meetings against Spurs 

Tottenham looks to build off of its impressive performance at Turf Moor, as Spurs play host to Southampton on Tuesday (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at Wembley Stadium.

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Spurs bounced back on Saturday with an important 3-0 victory over Burnley, keeping Mauricio Pochettino‘s men within striking distance of the top four. Meanwhile, Southampton enters Boxing Day winless in its last six matches.

Eric Dier could be missing for the hosts, after being substituted off against the Clarets, while Charlie Austin has been ruled out for Saints, along with the already-injured Cedric Soares and Ryan Bertrand.

What they’re saying

Mauricio Pochettino on Harry Kane’s brilliance“I think he still can improve. He’s 24, I think the player arrives at their best at 27, 28, 29, depending how professional you are. But Harry Kane, if he keeps that mentality, keeps working hard every day in the training sessions and never changes that mentality, he can play until he wants to.”

Mauricio Pellegrini on Saints’ inconsistency“We are in the middle of the season and obviously we couldn’t show consistency, especially in results, because we couldn’t win even those games we deserve to win and we create a lot of chances. Football is efficiency to score goals and to convert. Still, we’ve got 50% of the tournament to bounce back and try to change this mood and it has to start on Tuesday.”

Prediction

Two words; Harry Kane. The man is brilliant, and even when his side isn’t playing its best, it seems like the Englishman finds a way to pick up the slack. Tottenham is unbeaten in its last eight matches at Wembley, and Southampton’s lack of success at the venue will make it even tougher to take down an in-form Spurs. Tottenham 3-1 Southampton

Spurs’ Wanyama expected back during festive period

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is eager to welcome midfielder Victor Wanyama back into his first-team squad during the upcoming festive period of Premier League fixtures.

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Wanyama, who hasn’t played since the second game of the 2017-18 season due to a knee injury which required extensive rehabilitation in order to avoid surgery, returned to full training this week. Pochettino is hopeful, yet cautious, that the Kenyan’s knee will respond well in the coming days and ultimately be ready for game action in the next 10-14 days — quotes from the Guardian:

“He came back to training with the team on Wednesday. Now we need to see how the knee reacts but it’s a very good feeling from him. It will be fantastic to have him back. He was such an important player for us last season and it’s true that we have missed a player like him this season — in a position where you have to be strong.”

Tottenham are away to Burnley on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCSports.com), home against Southampton three days later on Boxing Day, and away to Swansea City seven days later on Jan. 2.

By opting against significant investment during the summer transfer window, Spurs essentially rolled the dice in hopes of another largely injury-free season as they attempted to challenge for the PL title for a third straight season. If everyone managed to stay healthy and play 80-90 percent of games, the squad was good enough to push the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea — or so the thought was in June, July and August.

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Of course, that’s a risky proposition. Wanyama was lost for four months after just 98 minutes of PL action, Mousa Dembele‘s chronic injury issues have persisted, Danny Rose didn’t return from a knee injury of his own until November, and Toby Aldeweireld has been out since the start of Novemeber and won’t be back until February. Following Wanyama’s comeback, Aldeweireld is the only Spurs player currently unavailable for selection.

As such, Moussa Sissoko has started more than half of Spurs’ games in the PL, Eric Dier has been forced into center-back duty thus weakening an already-thin midfield unit in Wanyama’s absence, and the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have been ridden extremely hard during the first half of the season — perhaps setting them up for second-half breakdowns of their own.

Couple all of that with the fact Spurs are playing their home games at Wembley Stadium this season, and it begins to feel like something of a miracle that they currently sit just three points back of fourth place in the league and effortlessly breezed through the “group of death” in the UEFA Champions League.

Premier League preview: Tottenham vs. Stoke City

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  • Stoke City defender Bruno Martins Indi could be out for up to eight weeks after suffering a groin injury against Swansea City. Geoff Cameron (concussion) is available again but Jese Rodriguez will not travel to London because of personal reasons.
  • Tottenham Hotspur will be without the suspended Davinson Sanchez, while Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are injured.
  • Tottenham Hotspur has won each of its last three Premier League matches against Stoke City all by a 4-0 scoreline, no side in top-flight history has won four consecutive matches by four or more goals. Tottenham has lost only one of its last seven home matches against Stoke City.

Tottenham is looking to snap out of a four-game winless skid in the Premier League when it hosts Stoke City Saturday at Wembley Stadium. (Watch live at 10:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Mauricio Pochettino‘s side hasn’t won in league action since the start of November, with the recent slide beginning with the 2-0 London Derby defeat to Arsenal. At the same time, Tottenham has been superb in the UEFA Champopns League, finishing atop the group after a 3-0 win over APOEL last Wednesday.

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Stoke City on the other hand is coming off its first win in five games with a 2-1 result over Swansea City last weekend. American centerback Geoff Cameron is also back in action for the Potters, which is a big lift ahead of a massive road game. Three points for Stoke City puts them into the top 10 of the Premier League.

What they’re saying

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino on defensive options after losing Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez: “We finished at Watford with Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen (in central defence) and then we have Juan Foyth and different options. Ben Davies can play like a centre-back, Serge Aurier can play like a centre-back, he played there before for Paris St. Germain in that position, so we have plenty of options to use. I’m not concerned.”

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes on playing Tottenham at Wembley Stadium: “There is a perception that they haven’t done too well at Wembley, but they demolished Real Madrid not too long ago. Teams are setting their stall out this year against them and that has affected them. Whenever we went up against them we always thought it was the toughest game for us – for whatever reason they always cause us problems. We will be looking to address that, so we have to be better and be tougher to beat than we have done in the past. Some of the players from those previous matches aren’t with us anymore, we have a different make up of the squad now, we shape up differently, so those previous results won’t affect us this weekend. We just need to try and affect the game in a positive manner. A number of the guys have played at Wembley before and others haven’t but we are emphasizing the fact that it is a Premier league game. I will leave the guys to decide how they approach it, as long as they aren’t out there with cameras taking photos and the like, I will leave them to deal with it how they see fit.”

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Prediction: Tottenham will break its four-game slide with a powerful performance. Harry Kane and Christen Eriksen return to their best form, and Spurs leaves with a 3-1 win, despite some defensive worries. Stoke City misses a chance to move into the top 10. Tottenham 3-1 Stoke City