FT: Spurs 2 Everton 2

The full-time whistle goes and it has finished 2-2 at White Hart Lane following a topsy-turvy encounter. Adebayor broke the deadlock for Tottenham but Everton hit back through Jagielka and a spectacular Mirallas goal, only for Sigurdsson to equalise late on.

Tottenham win a late corner and White Hart Lane holds its breath, but Everton hold firm.

It is end to end stuff here as Adebayor is thwarted by a sea of bodies in the Everton area and the visitors then break, with Jelavic denied by Lloris.

Four minutes of stoppage time have been signalled so there is plenty of time for a final twist, with Carroll now on for Parker.

Tottenham's fans are roaring their team on now but it is Everton who have the first chance to grab the next goal as Lloris rushes off his line to narrow the angle on Anichebe and make a great save from the striker.

GOAL! Sigurdsson equalises for Tottenham to set up a thrilling finale. Walker set up the chance with a great run down the right before cutting the ball back for Adebayor, who stayed composed and struck the post from 12 yards. The rebound fell kindly for Sigurdsson to tuck the ball away from close range.

Naismith comes on to replace Mirallas for the final few minutes.

Dempsey is booked for taking a tumble on the edge of the Everton area, with Baines and Distin making it quite clear they had not attempted to tackle him.

Anichebe slams a powerful shot over the crossbar from 20 yards as Everton threaten on the break.

Sigurdsson steps up to take the set-piece but his cross is comfortably held by Howard.

Mirallas becomes the first player to be shown a yellow card following a foul on Parker, giving Spurs another free-kick in a promising area.

Adebayor rushes through the middle and sees a shot saved by the feet of Howard, but the flag is already up for offside.

Holtby swings over a cross from the right which Howard does well to gather before Sigurdsson can latch on to it.

Tottenham win a free-kick just outside the area near the byline, but the Everton defence does its job once again.

Villas-Boas decides to make his first change of the day and it is a surprising move, as Dembele is replaced by Huddlestone. The Spurs fans make their feelings quite clear with a chorus of boos.

Patient build-up here from Tottenham as Everton sit back and soak up the pressure.

Adebayor has worked hard all afternoon and he embarks on another lively run here, but there are just too many blue shirts in front of him and Baines boots the ball to safety.

Spurs set off on a counter-attack but they are lacking their usual sharpness up front as Sigurdsson's final ball is too heavy for Adebayor and Howard rushes off his line to gather.

Anichebe shrugs off Dawson and decides to goal for goal rather than play in Jelavic. He scuffs his shot but it takes a slight deflection to earn Everton a corner.

It is very one-dimensional from Tottenham at the moment, with long-range shot after long-range shot. Howard saves well from Adebayor, before Dempsey curls one wide from 25 yards.

The Tottenham fans are growing frustrated with the time being taken by Everton on some of their set-pieces, as Howard risks a booking by dwelling for ages over a goal-kick.

Walker stings the palms of Howard with a long-range piledriver, before Parker drives his way into the box but sees his shot blocked.

Heitinga is nearly presented with an excellent chance as Gibson plays a cunning pass to try and dissect the Tottenham defence, but at the last minute Dawson gets back and shows good strength to win the ball.

Boos ring out around White Hart Lane as Osman shoulder barges Parker out of the way to get the ball for Everton, and no foul is given.

Tottenham are cranking up the pressure now as Dempsey picks up a clever pass from Parker and steers a low shot narrowly wide of Howard's right-hand post from the edge of the area.

Dempsey goes for goal from distance but it is too central to trouble Howard, who makes a routine save.

Lloris shows his ability, and bravery, at the other end now as he gets out to smother the ball at the feet of Jelavic.

Tottenham almost draw level immediately as Dembele's shot from 20 yards takes a deflection which could have easily wrong-footed Howard, but the keeper manages to get something on it and parry the ball onto the crossbar. Brilliant save.

GOAL! He scored a wonderful winner against Stoke last weekend and Mirallas has now worked his magic again, weaving one way and then the other past a couple of defenders before firing a terrific low finish through the legs of Caulker and past Lloris.

Gibson unleashes a fierce low shot from distance which has Lloris scrambling, but the keeper has his angles right and lets the ball fly narrowly wide. Jelavic then comes on to replace Barkley.

Adebayor tries to surge through on goal but Jagielka does brilliantly to hold him off and make the challenge before the Spurs striker can get off a shot.

Vertonghen surrenders possession too easily to Coleman and appears to bring down the Everton player is his haste to make amends, but the officials deem that there is no foul.

Tottenham are on the front foot at the start of the second half as Dempsey drives a shot high into the stands from 20 yards following good work by Walker.

Parker takes a quick free-kick after being tripped in midfield but it does not catch Everton napping and Adebayor is well tackled on the edge of the area.

Tottenham get the second half started. There have been no changes at the break, and there is everything to play for after an evenly-contested opening period.

The half-time whistle goes and the teams are level at 1-1 after an absorbing first half. Adebayor's opening-minute goal gave Tottenham an ideal start but Everton equalised through Jagielka's header and there have been few chances since.

Dembele sends over a teasing cross towards Adebayor but Jagielka is taking no chances and flicks a header behind for a Tottenham corner, which comes to nothing.

Parker finds himself in the unusual position of left winger and attempts to beat a couple of men with a burst of pace and a trick, but Everton quickly retrieve possession.

Everton piece together a threatening move as Mirallas, Osman, Baines and Barkley combine well, but the attack runs out of steam and allows Tottenham to regroup.

Anichebe is playing on at the moment, with a slight hobble, as referee Marriner has a word with Baines about a couple of fouls. He keeps his cards in his pocket, though.

Anichebe requires attention from the Everton physios after picking up a knock. Play had continued and Tottenham's fans had not wanted the ball kicked out of play, but eventually the referee called a stop to proceedings.

Both teams are showing plenty of spirit but there is little fluency just at present as tackles fly in.

Tottenham are dominating possession at the moment but Everton are containing them quite well and limiting them to shots from distance.

Tottenham appeal for a penalty as Dempsey's cross crashes into Gibson, who has his arms raised high above his head. Marriner glances over to his assistant but play goes on, with the officials obviously deciding that the ball had hit Gibson's chest rather than his arms. Replays suggest the correct decision was made so credit to the officials.

Tottenham win a second corner in quick succession but fail to make the most of the set-pieces as poor crosses are delivered.

Dembele looks menacing for Tottenham as he sets off on a powerful run that takes him into the Everton box, but Coleman resists the temptation to dive in and forces the Belgian to drive in a cross from a tight angle, which results in a corner.

Barkley's enthusiasm gets the better of him as he fouls Dembele in midfield to give Tottenham a free-kick, and referee Andre Marriner has a word with the Everton youngster.

Anichebe tries to roll Dawson after being played in by Gibson, but Walker gets back to help out his defender and clear the danger.

Walker embarks on a terrific run from deep which takes him on the ousted of Baines, but his final shot from the corner of the area is again poor and flies wide.

Tottenham are showing plenty of urgency but seem a little devoid of ideas at present, as Holtby blazes a shot high and wide from 25 yards.

Vertonghen digs out a decent cross from the left which Baines does well to clear out of the area, but Spurs keep the pressure on as Dembele wins the ball back.

Walker reacts furiously to a ball out to him on the wing which is far too high, as the frustration grows for Tottenham.

Dempsey is the latest player to shoot wide from long range as Tottenham try to restore their advantage.

Dembele tries his luck with an ambitious effort from distance which swerves viciously, but never threatens Howard's goal.

GOAL! Everton are rewarded for a strong response with an equalising goal, as Jagielka climbs above Vertonghen and heads down to make it 1-1. Lloris will be disappointed with himself not to have kept Spurs in front, as the ball ended up going through his legs.

Barkley shows good speed and skill down the right wing before cutting the ball back and winning a corner as Dawson makes the interception.

Everton are playing with a high line just at the moment but that is fine when all the players are on the same wavelength, as is the case here as Adebayor is caught offside.

Osman lets fly with a curling effort from 25 yards which is well struck but sails harmlessly wide of Lloris' left-hand post.

Tottenham are narrower in midfield without the likes of Bale and Lennon and there will not be so much pace about their play, but now that they have an early lead it could be to their advantage to have more bodies in the centre to keep the game tight.

Dembele briefly stays down following a collision in midfield but Tottenham's nerves are quickly settled as he will be fit to carry on.

Lloris shows good command of his area once again as he comes forward to pluck an ambitious Baines ball out of the air.

Everton gain a foothold in the game with a spell of possession and win a corner, but there is nobody competing for the ball in the centre and Lloris takes a routine catch at the back post.

Coleman is caught late by Holtby and just needs a moment or two to regain his footing before the game can continue.

Tottenham may be without the likes of Bale and Lennon but in Vertonghen they have the newly-crowned Player of the Month for March, and it is a shame for those people still coming in to the ground that they missed his wonderful cross for Adebayor.

GOAL! Inside 40 seconds and Tottenham have the lead already, as Vertonghen delivers a sumptuous cross from the left wing which Adebayor finishes well from close range after Distin missed the interception. A perfect start for the hosts.

Everton kicks us off at White Hart Lane. Spring is in the air and there is a great atmosphere, so it promises to be a great game between two fine sides pushing for the Champions League.

Sky Bet have a Tottenham victory at 11/10 today, with Everton at 5/2. You can also back the draw at 12/5, with just a few minutes to go now until kick-off.

"This is Stewart MacLaren from a warm & windy Torrevieja in Spain saying that Everton will beat Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon with good goals from Leighton Baines & Victor Anichebe."

David Newman writes: "Given the many injuries this is a pretty strong team, but a weak bench. A much stronger defence than we had against Basel. Tottenham to come good after a poor few weeks. Holtby to get his first for the club against his boyhood team and 2 for Adebayor."

When these two sides met at Goodison Park in December there was late drama as goals from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic in the final few minutes overturned Clint Dempsey's opener for Tottenham and sealed a 2-1 victory for Everton. It was quite a match so let us hope for more excitement this afternoon.

Rafee says: "Now we will see the real spirit of Spurs without the big fish Gareth Bale who has been just sensational all season. Can Tottenham win without him today? Other teams can do it, now it's time for Spurs to show what they can do, still Spurs are a good side and I think Spurs will win today by....3-1."

"Oliver, the London-based Toffee, thinks that Everton have a good chance after their three wins on the trot of getting some points out of this game. Happy to see Mirallas in the team and it'll be interesting to see Barkley start but no Fellaini or Pienaar. He hopes they will have a better chance without Bale, Lennon, Defoe or Gallas to worry about. He predicts Everton 2-1 Tottenham."

Clint Dempsey has been handed the responsibility of filling Gareth Bale's considerable shoes, joining Emmanuel Adebayor in Tottenham's attack. Aaron Lennon is also out so there are starts for both Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson, while Michael Dawson returns at the back. For Everton, Kevin Mirallas has overcome a groin injury to take his place in the starting XI, while Ross Barkley replaces striker Nikica Jelavic.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Parker, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Dempsey, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Huddlestone, Carroll, Ceballos.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Heitinga, Distin, Jagielka, Gibson, Mirallas, Osman, Barkley, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Stones, Duffy.

Of course, one player who will not be featuring today is Gareth Bale, who was stretchered off with an ankle problem in Tottenham's Europa League game against Basel. Fears were later eased that he could be sidelined for the rest of the season as Spurs announced a return to training was expected within a fortnight, but there will be scrutiny on how they fare without their Welsh talisman today.

Get in touch with your views and predictions at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. What type of game can we expect this afternoon? Will Spurs strengthen their hold on third place or can Everton emerge triumphant. The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think are going to be the key players?

A run of three straight wins has kept Everton in contention for a top-four finish, or at least the consolation of a Europa League place, and they are currently in sixth. David Moyes' side also have a game in hand on Tottenham and can close the gap on their opponents to three points with a win at White Hart Lane.

The race for UEFA Champions League qualification looks set to go down to the wire and there have been plenty of twists and turns already. Spurs looked set to grab one of the spots after a great run of form at the start of 2013 and remain third, but are now just one point clear of Arsenal and two ahead of Chelsea, who have a game in hand. With the Blues kicking off against Sunderland later today, Andre Villas-Boas' side would be in a vulnerable position if they cannot claim victory over Everton.

Good afternoon and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League game against Everton, which has a lot riding on it as the battle for the top four continues.

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