1. Tottenham have more to play for
Everton are having a fine season, but Tottenham have much more on the line. Whether Spurs are concerned about sending White Hart Lane out the right way or securing a place in the top four, they’ll be motivated to send the Toffees home with a defeat.
Again, that’s not a shot at Everton, it’s simply a statement of fact. Tottenham will see Manchester United’s draw against Bournemouth as a huge opportunity to gain ground on Mourinho’s club. Don’t forget, Spurs enter this match second in the Premier League table.
As much as the squad is focused on finishing in the top four, the desire to close the year well at White Hart Lane might be even more important. Spurs haven’t lost a match at their (real) home ground this year and won’t want to let Everton spoil that streak. There would be something massively poetic about sending the old building off with an undefeated run.
That streak is something the fans are certainly aware of as well. The stretch run at the Lane should feature truly raucous home atmospheres. Everton will be stepping into a wild scene at Tottenham on Sunday. Spurs have too much line to let their home supporters down.