Ashley Williams delivers Everton verdict on Tottenham clash
By Dominic Toner
Everton defender Ashley Williams is expecting a very tough match against Tottenham at the weekend.
The Toffees travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon for a Premier League clash and will hope to keep their bid of sneaking into the top four alive.
Ronald Koeman’s side are in great form and are on a nine-game unbeaten run in the league, including a 2-0 win over Sunderland in their last game.
Meanwhile, Spurs go into the match on the back of a 4-0 demolition against Stoke and have been particularly strong at home this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are second in the league table and will be looking to consolidate their position in the Champions League places.
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Williams is wary of the difficult test that awaits them at the weekend, but believes Everton will still go their in good spirits.
“I think it will be one of the most difficult game we’ll have, recently, definitely,” Williams said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “It’s away, we want to keep the run going and it will be a test.
“But it’s one where we’ll go full of confidence, work hard as we always do and try to take something from the game.”
Everton earned a 1-1 draw in the previous meeting with Spurs this season at Goodison Park and have improved drastically under Koeman since.
Both teams will posses two of the leading strikers in the Premier League and there is a subplot for the race to the golden boot.
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham’s Harry Kane are both tied together on 17 league goals at the top of the goalscoring chart, with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez also on the same number.
Williams will be hoping he can nullify the threat of England international Kane, who has already scored hat-tricks this season.
The Merseyside club have kept four clean sheets in their last six games and Williams is becoming a leader in defence.
In other Everton news, Koeman claims Romelu Lukaku needs Champions League to stay at the club.