Out of sorts Everton welcome a rampant Tottenham to Goodison Park on matchday 18 in the Premier League.
Sitting in a respectable eighth position, Marco Silva's side were put to the sword by Manchester City last time out and remain winless this month.
On the other hand, third place Spurs have bounced back emphatically since their last league defeat to Arsenal - dumping the Gunners out the Carabao Cup in midweek whilst reigniting their unlikely title hopes with four consecutive wins.
Both challenging for European competition, this usually feisty fixture could give either side impetus ahead of a hectic festive schedule.
Where To Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Sunday 23 December|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||16:00 (BST)|
|Where Is It Played?||Goodison Park|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports Main Event/Live Score|
Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy is nearing first team action after an eleven month absence with a broken leg, whilst Idrissa Gueye is expected to return after missing the Toffees' defeat last weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino could be handed a welcome double defensive boost with Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez set to return. The latter has missed Spurs' last nine games in all competitions with a hamstring injury.
|Everton||Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gomes, Gueye, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison.|
|Tottenham||Lloris; Trippier, Foyth, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Winks, Moura, Alli, Eriksen; Kane.|
Head to Head Record
Both sides have competed in every Premier League season since its formation from the old First Division in 1992, with Tottenham dominating the win ratio with 25 victories compared to Everton's eight, and 19 stalemates.
Amid their poor run, turning Goodison Park into a fortress could be key going into the second half of the campaign, losing just once in the league – to West Ham – as they battle for the last Europa League spot.
Meanwhile, Spurs are somewhat answering pre-season critics as they continue to build momentum.
Eight wins in their last ten league outings have propelled the London outfit to within six points of leaders Liverpool - coinciding with key players returning to action. Figureheads Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have shone in recent weeks alongside the prolific Kane - the former grabbing a last gasp winner against Burnley last weekend.
Here's how each team has fared in their last five fixtures.
|Manchester City 3-1 Everton (15/12)||Tottenham 1-0 Burnley (15/12)|
|Everton 2-2 Watford (10/12)||Barcelona 1-1 Tottenham (11/12)|
|Everton 1-1 Newcastle (05/12)||Leicester 0-2 Tottenham (08/12)|
|Liverpool 1-0 Everton (02/12)||Tottenham 3-1 Southampton (05/12)|
|Everton 1-0 Cardiff (24/11)||Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham (02/12)|
A formidable Spurs outfit would have been the last team Silva wanted to encounter, as his side seek a first win in five.
On the other hand, Pochettino's side will be wary of their opponents, whose Merseyside blue faithful are renowned for creating intimidating atmospheres.
Both showcasing an abundance of quality, it could be a high-scoring fixture - with a sweeter ending for the away side.
Prediction: Everton 2-3 Tottenham