Sport Everton vs Tottenham talking points: Dele to feature in FA Cup clash
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Everton welcome Tottenham to Goodison Park on Wednesday evening in a mouth-watering FA Cup fifth round clash.
The two sides come into the match almost neck-and-neck in the Premier League with Everton a point and a place above Tottenham, who are sat eighth - albeit having played one more game.
The draw is one both managers would have rather avoided, but also one both will believe they can win, perhaps Ancelotti more so after his side strolled to an opening day Premier League victory over the visitors at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Everton will be buoyed after Dominic Calvert-Lewin's last gasp equaliser earned them a hard-fought point at Manchester Untied last time out, while Tottenham broke a three-match losing streak with a much-needed win over West Brom.
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Sportsmail has put together a combined XI of the players available for Thursday night's clash at White Hart Lane, which means there will be no Harry Kane for the home side.For Tottenham, the pressure is ramping up on Jose Mourinho, who without talisman Harry Kane will hope to inspire his side to bounce back against the Blues following dreadful performances in the back-to-back defeats by Brighton and Liverpool.
Ahead of the highly anticipated match-up, Sportsmail analyses the key talking points.
Carlo Ancelotti vs Jose Mourinho
In Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho, the top-four challenging clubs are being guided by two serial winners, with a staggering 42 trophies shared between them.
The prolific pair have both guided Chelsea to Premier League and FA Cup success, while Mourinho is the most successful of any current manager with three league triumphs.
Though Mauricio Pochettino transformed Tottenham into a regular Champions League outfit - even getting them to the final of the prestigious tournament in 2019 - the Argentinian failed to win any silverware with the London club.
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Spurs slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat by Chelsea on Thursday night, the first time they have lost three straight Premier League matches since the days of Andre Villas Boas. And Spurs were criticised for the timid nature of their display and lack of attacking intent.
Mourinho has been brought in to do that very job, and though Tottenham are all-but out of the title race, they are already in the final of the Carabao Cup and are going strong in the Europa League.
Meanwhile, in his first full season at Goodison Park, Ancelotti has already proved his widely acknowledged credentials, with Everton looking a force to be reckoned with once more.
It is Mourinho who has got the better of Ancelotti to date, but only by fractions.
He has beaten his counterpart on four of seven occasions, with the Italian coach picking up the other three results.
Everton's win over Tottenham earlier in the season actually ended a five-match winning streak for Mourinho.
Dele Alli set to return
Mourinho has confirmed Dele Alli could feature against Everton after recovering from injury.
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There was significant talk of Alli's departure throughout January having been largely on the periphery of the Tottenham squad since Mourinho's arrival.
However upon staying, Mourinho has revealed the pair have exchanged a positive discussion about his role for the remainder of the season.
The three-time Premier League winner on Tuesday insisted Alli could be involved on Wednesday evening.
Mourinho said: 'Dele Alli, he trained yesterday with the team and well. [He's had a] long time away, a couple of weeks not training with the team and recovering.
'Can he play tomorrow? Well he's not injured but I'm not sure he can. Can he help us? I believe he can so in terms of having Dele on the bench to come for a few minutes to try to help the team if that's possible. Something I have to speak to him but I believe he can.'
Dominic Calvert-Lewin vs Harry Kane
Though Dele Alli's return is a boost for Tottenham, the midfielder is highly unlikely to be handed a starting role.
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Dele Alli appeared to be on the way out of Tottenham last month. Now, Jose Mourinho is hopeful he can play a role for Spurs.Alli has not played for Spurs in any competition since the 5-0 cup win over non-league Marine on January 10, with the attacking midfielder suffering from a muscular injury.
One player that almost certainly will, however, is Harry Kane, who comes up against his England strike partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is also in fine form.
Kane, who was back among the goals against West Brom having overcome a major injury scare, has been in scintillating form this season, already notching 20 goals in all competitions, including 13 in the Premier League - on top of 11 assists.
Tottenham's talisman has continued to evolve under Mourinho, now regularly dropping deep and playing a crucial role in Heung-min Son's excellent form.
Calvert-Lewin has also been in inspired form this season, scoring 13 Premier League goals in 20 games, though he's yet to register an assist.
Neither Tottenham or Everton have been particularly comfortable at the back this season, though the visitors have conceded six goals fewer (22) than Everton (28).
With that in mind, it's safe to assume that one of, if not both, Kane or Calvert-Lewin will have a major impact in Wednesday's fixture. Perhaps it's who gets the better of this battle that will determine the result.
Routes to the FA Cup fifth round
Neither Everton or Tottenham have had the most challenging route to the FA Cup fifth round, on paper anyway.
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Starting with the home side, Everton needed a 93rd-minute winner from Abdoulaye Doucoure to overcome the challenge of Championship side Rotherham in the third round.
Ancelotti opted for rotation against the Millers, but returned to a more familiar lineup in their fourth round encounter with Sheffield Wednesday, resulting in a more resounding 3-0 win.
Tottenham, on the other hand, were drawn against the lowest ranked team remaining in the FA Cup in their third round tie against Marine.
The non-league club offered hope of an upset as they rattled the bar early on, only for the Premier League side to assert their dominance and eventually win 5-0.
Mourinho's men followed the win up with another emphatic result, this time against Championship side Wycombe, who they beat 4-1 at the Adams Park Stadium.
The team that prevails on Wednesday will be granted a place in Thursday evening's quarter-final draw, where they will learn their upcoming fate.
Everton vs Tottenham: FA Cup team news
Everton are sweating on injuries to both James Rodriguez and Jordan Pickford, who will have late fitness tests ahead of Wednesday evening's game.
Pickford has missed out on Everton's previous two matches with a rib injury, while Rodriguez was taken off with a tight calf against Manchester United.
Midfield general Allan has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury, but the match will come too soon for him.
Meanwhile, new signing Josh King is unavailable having already played in the cup for Bournemouth this season.
Tottenham are a 'long way' off from where they were with Pochettino
Spurs are on a horrid run of form domestically and languish in ninth in the Premier League after losing four of their last five top-flight matches - most recently a 3-0 defeat away at Manchester City. Mourinho has once again come in for plenty of criticism for his tactics - as he looks for his side to soak up the pressure before killing teams on the counter attack through Harry Kane and Son Heung-min - which currently aren't working.
As for Tottenham, Mourinho will be without both Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon, while right-back Serge Aurier is a major doubt.
The good news for Tottenham, as mentioned above, is that Dele Alli has returned from injury and looks set to feature in some capacity.
Everton vs Tottenham: FA Cup odds
It was all the way back in 2012 that Tottenham lost back-to-back matches against Everton, but it's the home side who come into this FA Cup clash as the marginal favourites.
Everton are valued at 17/10 to win the match, with Tottenham at 9/5 (odds courtesy ).
Harry Kane - who returned from a double ankle injury to score in Tottenham's victory over West Brom - is joint with Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the odds on favourite to score first at 7/2.
FA Cup fifth round fixtures in full
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