Barclays Premier League
Tottenham v Everton, 19:45
This will be 168th meeting between two of the oldest clubs in the country, and both sides’ 20th game of the season, due to the fixture being postponed because of the riots in August. Tottenham can be very entertaining, as is well known, but with the addition of Landon Donovan to their side Everton have also stepped up their standard of late, and come into this game with a real chance of taking a win. In the league Everton have won three of their last six away games, also picking up a draw, and when David Moyes can pick from a full-fit squad they are a seriously good side.
Tottenham would go second if they won by more than two, although that is fairly unlikely. Five wins and a draw in their last six at White Hart Lane is a very good record, and this is a match they’ll target in the effort to move on up and safeguard their spot in the Champions League places. For the home team Ledley King and William Gallas are both out injured, Scott Parker is set for a late fitness test and Sandro is out with a calf problem. Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Tim Cahill, Leon Osman, Jack Rodwell and Tony Hibbert are all doubtful for Everton, so Moyes must decide how much to risk in an already difficult game. Betfred have 6’s on a 1-0 to Spurs, and I don’t see either side romping away with the game unless we a get some Foy-ish refereeing.
Carling League Cup
Man City v Liverpool, SF, L1, 19:45
The other semi-final may have suffered a bit in comparison, but the Cardiff-Palace game will throw up a winner that both City and Liverpool will feel confident of beating. The Reds must be hoping the fans let this game go off without a hitch, and that not more controversy is generated, and to be honest that probably applies to the increasingly weary (yet impressive) Roberto Mancini. Both teams are likely to be at full strength despite the short turnaround for the next game, and that means this will be a great contest.
Manchester City lost their appeal over Vincent Kompany’s red card against Manchester United so he begins his four-game ban today. Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and David Silva are doubts, but Gareth Barry is back after his ban. Liverpool have no new injury worries, and a number of players were rested against Oldham with this game in mind. Steven Gerrard is 7/2 with Paddy Power as an anytime goalscorer, and should start in a game that suits his need to perform on big stages.