Everton and Tottenham are both firmly within striking distance of the lead in an extremely competitive start to the Premier League campaign. A win by either side in Sunday's marquee matchup would provide a serious boost as they push toward the top of the table.
The Toffees did well to bounce back with two straight wins after a loss to Manchester City. Now, if they can take care of business at home, they will head into a winnable road clash against Crystal Palace with an opportunity to enter the next international break on a high note.
Tottenham are in the midst of a very busy stretch of matches, including play in the EPL, Europa League and Capital One Cup. Despite having to rotate the lineup to keep players fresh, Spurs have done well to maintain good form throughout.
With both sides playing well, Sunday's clash should be an entertaining one. Let's check out all the important viewing information, followed by a look at the top storyline and a match prediction.
Where: Goodison Park in Liverpool, England
When: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 8:30 a.m. ET (1:30 p.m. GMT)
Watch: CNBC and Sky Sports 1
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Match Forecast (via Bloomberg Sports)
Everton: 39.3 percent
Tottenham: 33.2 percent
Draw: 27.5 percent
Top Storyline: Can Everton remain unbeaten at Goodison Park?
The first step for Everton to stay in the mix for a European berth is maintaining a strong record at home. So far, they have been able to do exactly that with three victories and a draw at Goodison Park during league play.
It's a group of matches that includes the club's best result of the season to date, a 1-0 victory over Chelsea. Home fixtures against top clubs like the Blues and Spurs are crucial for the Toffees, which is why Sunday's match is so important even though it's still pretty early in the campaign.
Even though Everton are still an underdog in the race for a Champions League spot, two reasons for optimism have emerged in the early going. The biggest one being the arrival of Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea. He's scored five times in as many league appearances, bolstering the attack.
The other one is the emergence of 19-year-old Ross Barkley as a reliable member of the midfield on a weekly basis. He's starting to showcase the potential supporters have been waiting for over the past couple of years, and it's great news for Everton.
Both those players will need to have strong performances for the Toffees to emerge with all three points against Tottenham. Spurs have won three out of their four away contests, allowing just a single goal in the process.
Tottenham have received terrific play from Hugo Lloris and the back line, which is buying the club time until the rebuilt attack can build up some chemistry. And with seven goals over their past four matches, Roberto Soldado and Co. are starting to heat up.
Everton can hold their own in a defensive-minded match. They are giving up less than a goal per game at home in league play, and Tim Howard is coming off a terrific showing last week. It should lead to a close encounter throughout, with both fanbases on the edge of their seats for the final minutes.
Everton 1, Tottenham 1
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