Everton and Tottenham arenât quite yet drinking in the last-chance saloon â¦ but itâs getting close to time and the landlord doesnât seem much in the mood for a lock-in. Win this match tonight â a draw isnât really much good for anyone â and youâll still have a shot of making the top four. Lose, though, and youâll probably â probably â find yourself too far behind, with too many other teams ahead of you, and too few games left.
Hopefully this state of affairs will guarantee a rollercoaster rumble, another all-or-nothing slugfest like that FA Cup game here a couple of months ago. Or maybe Spurs will nick an early goal, allowing Jose to park his Fun Bus against a side who have been struggling to find the net at home, Everton having scored just four goals in their last six matches at Goodison, four in their last seven overall.
Spurs arenât exactly in top form themselves. They wilted against Manchester United last weekend, shipped a late equaliser at Newcastle the week before, and have recently lost the North London derby and crashed out of Europe in embarrassing circumstances. But thereâs a League Cup final coming up, so youâd imagine everyone will be champing at the bit to secure their place in the starting XI for that.
So with both teams regrouping a little bit in the face of adversity, this one looks very much in the balance. And with that Champions League place still a genuine possibility, thereâs plenty to play for. The last three matches between these two here have ended 5-4, 1-1 and 2-6; more of that sort of behaviour tonight would be most acceptable indeed. Itâs on!
Kick off: 8pm BST.