Jarrad Branthwaite scored a 94th-minute equaliser as relegation-threatened Everton rescued a point against Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-2 home draw on Saturday to move out of the bottom three in the Premier League table.
Richarlison, once the darling of Goodison Park, scored a brace of goals in the first half and looked to have won the game for the visitors, but Branthwaite headed in at the back post after Everton had troubled Spurs all game with their set-pieces.
Jack Harrison also scored for Everton and after Spurs failed to kill the game in the second half, the battling Merseyside club always had hope they could take something from the match. Spurs are in fourth in the table on 44 points from 23 games, missing the chance to move level with second-placed Manchester City, though they have played a game more. Everton have 19 points from their 23 games.
Everton vs Tottenham latest highlights
GOAL! Branthwaite heads home late leveller
GOAL! Richarlison curls home stunning second
GOAL! Calvert-Lewin ends long goal drought
GOAL! Richarlison scores early opener
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Here are Dom Smith's Tottenham player ratings.
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99min: That's it! Two points dropped by Spurs as Everton fight back twice.
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97min: Spurs not sure if to go for another or prevent an Everton one!
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96min: Goal stands!
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95min: VAR is having a look for offside, but it looks like the ball came off Romero...
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94min: They've done it! Branthwaite heads home in the fourth minute of injury time!
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91min: Seven minutes added on.
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90min: Dragusin is on for Hojbjerg in Spurs' final change.
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88min: Chance! Dobbin feed Chermiti into the area, but he rushes the shot when in acres in the area, allowing Vicario to save.
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86min: Skipp and Gil replace Werner and Maddison.
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85min: Calvert-Lewin and McNeil off, replaced by Beto and Dobbin.
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80min: Change for Everton as Young is replaced by Chermiti.
Dom Smith on Spurs chances
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You just wonder whether Spurs will come to rue recent chances for Werner, Maddison and Richarlison, all of which were saved by Pickford.
Everton still in this contest with 15 minutes to go, but the question is should they be?
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75min: Back underway. Richarlison is OK to continue.
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73min: A break in play as Richarlison and Godfrey clash heads. Coleman is hurriedly being prepared. Godfrey is up but has to go off.
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70min: Richarlison is denied his hat-trick after turning smartly inside the area and firing high at Pickford.
Superb work from Kulusevski and Maddison in the build-up.
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67min: Kulusevski immediately involved, first running into the area unsighted but Maddison is unable to find him, and then being squeezed out after a Richarlison pass.
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64min: First changes for Spurs as Kulusevski are Sarr come on for Bentancur and Hojbjerg.
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59min: What a strike from Maddison, after a miserable clearance from Godfrey, teeing himself up and firing at the bottom corner which Pickford saves well.
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57min: Werner has another chance, and this time he is onside, but he hesitates before connecting with Johnson's cross allowing Godfrey to nip in and clear.
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54min: Werner surely has to score and put the game beyond doubt, running through on goal... but he cannot beat Pickford. A sitter... until the offside flag is raised.
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52min: VAR looking at a possible penalty to Tottenham after Van de Ven goes down in the area at a corner... but nothing given.
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50min: Porro tests Pickford from 20 yards, forcing a fine one-handed stop.
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49min: Everton starting the second half on top, just as they did the first. It's a bit scrappy.
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47min: Jack Harrison has been awarded Everton's goal by the Premier League. Calvert-Lewin's long goal drought continues.
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46min: Back underway! No changes.
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Postecoglou made two changes at half-time against Brentford, any today?
Dom Smith's half-time thoughts
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That was a frantic first half with attacking football played by both teams.
Richarlison’s outstanding finishing is the reason Spurs lead an Everton side who have targeted Vicario from corners and been vindicated for doing so.
Everton still in this contest, and Postecoglou will know that. Tottenham must kill this game off after the break.
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Two superb strikes from Richarlison, and two non-celebrations, give Spurs a half-time lead.
Everton still firmly in this, though.
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50min: A frantic first half ends!
OFF THE LINE!
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47min: Another corner and almost another Everton equaliser as Godfrey connects with a header and Vicario redeems himself with a superb stop.
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46min: Five minutes added on.
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44min: Everton really pushing for another equaliser. Calvert-Lewin denied by Porro before Gueye fires off one of the worst shots I've ever seen.
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41min: It's that man again! Maddison lays it off to Richarlison to curls into the top corner from the edge of the area.
That's some finish.
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40min: Floated in, towards the back post and easily cleared.
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39min: McNeil wins another free kick, this time around 25 yards out, centre.
Dom Smith on Calvert-Lewin equaliser
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Everton were beginning to see a little more of the ball as they assert themselves here, and now they have their reward. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores his first goal in 16 games for Everton.
Vicario thinks he’s cleared the corner, but Tarkowski is on hand to head for Calvert-Lewin. VAR right to allow it. Nothing wrong with it. Tottenham will have to start all over again.
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32min: Postecoglou looks far from impressed on the touchline.
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31min: VAR take look but the goal stands!
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30min: I said they were building momentum! Calvert-Lewin ends his long goal drought with a simple nod at the back post from the corner.
Vicario is claiming a foul but looks OK to me.
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26min: There's Micky again, sliding in with another superb tackle to deny Calvert-Lewin. Everton are building some momentum.
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23min: Incredible last-ditch tackle to deny Calvert-Lewin from Van de Ven, sliding in to block the shot inside the area before the offside flag is shown.
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22min: Werner tries to find Udogie's darting run down the left, but Pickford is quick off his line to gather.
Spurs controlling the game.
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20min: Everton think they have an equaliser but McNeil's goalbound shot it blocked on the line by his own team-mate... and then the move is flagged offside anyway.
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18min: Everton winning plenty of free kicks but their deliveries leave much to be desired. All long and deep and easy for Spurs to regroup and clear.
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16min: We're going to see this a lot today as Vicario is targeted at the corner (after Man City's winner last week), but this time the goalkeeper wins the free kick.
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15min: Free kick floated in, but it's easily cleared by Spurs at the second attempt. Groans from the home support.
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14min: The Goodison crowd wakes up as Bentancur wipes out McNeil. Free incoming.
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13min: Everton have lost all nine league games in which they have conceded the first goal this season.
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10min: Porro sends the corner long towards the back post, which is cleared to the edge of the area have Bentancur to volley well over.
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9min: Maddison skips into the area and tries to bend a shot towards the far bottom corner of Pickford's goal, but it is deflected wide for a corner.
Dom Smith on Richarlison goal
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Just the start Tottenham would have wanted. Werner did well to set Udogie away down the left, and his pull back is nonchalantly swept home by Richarlison
When Richarlison scored against Everton on December 23, he celebrated before remembering a little too late that he used to play for them. This time, no such confusion. Not even a smile from the Brazilian, but you just know that inwardly he’s ecstatic to be on the score-sheet so early on.
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6min: Up the other end, Calvert-Lewin gets into the area but cannot direct a header on target.
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4min: Well, that didn't take long! Richarlison is back at Goodison Park and back among the goals.
Richarlison sweeps home from inside the area with Spurs' first shot on goal. No celebration from the former Toffee.
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2min: Everton with more of the ball in the opening minute or so, pretty much every player getting a touch.
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1min: Here we go!
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Here come the teams.
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Almost time. The warm-ups are complete and the players are back in their dressing rooms.
Ange Postecoglu to TNT Sports
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"Obviously it's a short turnaround from Wednesday night. It's about trying to match the physicality and running capacity that Everton will bring. We've just freshened up the team a little bit.
"Yeah I think we're better placed now than we were a month ago. We've got some bodies back and the team has had a consistent run of form. Today will be a tough game no doubt but we have to be at our best."
Dimitar Berbatov prediction
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"If Everton lose they’ll be in a tough position," says the former Spurs striker.
"They could have won at Fulham but also nearly lost, I’m not sure how that ended 0-0! Goodison Park is a tough place to go to go but Spurs got another win in midweek.
"They are the entertainers this season. I’ll go for a draw."
Tottenham have options on the bench
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Everton make just one change as Gueye comes in for former Spurs loanee Danjuma.
Two changes for Tottenham as Johnson and Hojberg replace Skipp and Kulusevski. It's the first time Kulusevski has been on the bench in the league this season.
Dom Smith checks in
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Plenty of pace in Tottenham's front three today, with Richarlison, Brennan Johnson and January signing Timo Werner all fond of running onto passes in behind a defence.
Tottenham still have a sizeable hole in their team, with Son Heung-min still away at the Asian Cup and having last night fired South Korea into the semi-finals with a gorgeous free-kick winner against Australia.
For Everton, familiar problems remain. Sean Dyche's side have scored just two goals in their last six matches in all competitions. Dwight McNeil and Dominic Calvert-Lewin remain their biggest attacking threats, but Spurs will back themselves to keep the struggling Toffees out today.
Teams in full
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Everton XI: Pickford, Godfrey, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Young, Gueye, Garner, McNeil, Harrison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Patterson, Keane, Virginia, Beto, Coleman, Chermiti, Hunt, Dobbin, Metcalfe
Tottenham XI: Vicario, Porro, Romero, van de Ven, Udogie, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Johnson, Maddison, Werner, Richarlison
Subs: Skipp, Dragusin, Gil Salvatierra, Emerson, Forster, Kulusevski, Sarr, Davies, Scarlett
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...and the hosts!
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Here's the Spurs team.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 3, 2024
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It sounds like Brennan Johnson starts again today.
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The bookies believe it could be a fairly close encounter today.
Everton - 2/1
Draw - 5/2
Tottenham - 5/4
Odds via Betway.
Ange Postecoglou makes Richarlison vow
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Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou says forward Richarlison can become "a real force" for the club in future.
Richarlison has scored seven goals in as many Premier League games ahead of his first return to former club Everton on Saturday.
The Brazilian struggled after joining Spurs in a £60million deal from the Toffees in summer 2022, scoring just once in the League last season, but he has appeared sharper and more confident since having surgery on a pelvis problem in November.
Postecoglou says Richarlison still has room for improvement but played down the suggestion that the 26-year-old was making a case to be Spurs' first-choice centre-forward long-term.
"I’ve never thought in those terms because if you do, you box yourself in," Postecoglou said.
“What I want is for Richy to keep improving, and keep developing his football and becoming a real force for us and we’ll see where that takes us.
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Seamus Coleman has been spotted with the squad this morning. Team news to come at half past.
Sean Dyce on goal-shy Everton
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Everton are without a league win since mid-December, having taken just two points from a possible 15 since earning 15 from 18 in the month previously.
That has shown up the side's lack of goal threat - striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin heads into the visit of Tottenham on a run of 16 games without scoring - despite them creating a lot of chances.
They currently average 14 shots per match, the seventh highest in the division, but have scored only 24 times from an expected goals figure of 33.1, which is the top flight's biggest underperformance.
"A lot of the performance-level stats are very strong but you have got to take advantage of those stats by scoring in one end and stopping it at the other," said manager Sean Dyche.
"We have to make sure that we are focused on that, but it is pleasing in one way that the team is effective to create those chances."
Richarlison growing in confidence at the right time
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Brentford this week could not live with Tottenham during a 10-minute spell at the start of the second half when the hosts scored three times and Ange Postecoglou will want his side to play with the same tempo from the off, particularly as 12.30 kick-offs are often flat.
Timo Werner, Brennan Johnson and Richarlison all made a point against the Bees but Spurs could still do with more spark in the final third while captain Heung-min Son is away at the Asian Cup and who better to provide it on Merseyside than the returning Brazilian?
Spurs’ best chance of the first half against Brentford was a 20-yard curling effort from Richarlison, reminiscent of Son, which brushed the far post.
It was a moment which suggested Richarlison is growing in confidence, prepared to take the initiative and try something from range, and a seventh goal in as many League games in the second half will only have increased his belief.
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Tottenham head to Goodison Park with one day's less rest than Everton and have a concerning knack of conceding goals of late, which should give the hosts hope.
However, Everton are hardly the most prolific of teams - they have not scored in the Premier League since last year - so Spurs should be able to hold on for another victory with a well-marshaled defence.
Tottenham to win, 2-1.
Tottenham team news
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Pape Sarr is expected to be in the Tottenham squad after Senegal's last-16 elimination. Heung-min Son and Yves Bissouma remain at the Asian Cup and AFCON, respectively.
Elsewhere, Rodrigo Bentancur was replaced at half-time of the win over Brentford but is expected to be fit along with James Maddison. Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Manor Solomon are still sidelined.
Everton team news
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Everton hope to welcome Seamus Coleman back into the squad but it is otherwise a case of as you were for Dyche.
Abdoulaye Doucoure is still a week or so away from returning, while Amadou Onana and Andre Gomes are longer-term absentees.
Idrissa Gueye could be available after Senegal's Africa Cup of Nations exit.
Where to watch Everton vs Tottenham
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TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on TNT Sports, with coverage beginning at 11am before a 12.30pm GMT kick-off.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Discovery+ app and website.
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Good morning and welcome to the Standard's LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Everton and Tottenham.
A new top-flight weekend begins at Goodison Park with Spurs looking for back-to-back wins to move level on points with Arsenal in third place.
Everton, meanwhile, enjoyed four wins on the spin in December before defeat to today's opponents... and have picked up just two points and scored just one goal since.
All set for an intriguing encounter on Merseyside. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.