Last Updated: 04/11/13 12:26pm
The full-time whistle goes and Everton and Tottenham have to settle for a point apiece after a hard-fought goalless draw at Goodison Park. Spurs had the better of the first half and Roberto Martinez's side controlled the second, while both will feel they coiuld have had a penalty. However, a draw is most certainly a fair result as Tottenham remain one point ahead of their opponents.
Townsend tries his luck with another long-range strike, but it is a comfortable height for Howard and he hangs on safely.
Townsend looks full of energy again as he plays in Soldado, but the Spaniard's low shot from 20 yards is dragged wide.
Eriksen delivers a delightful ball from the set-piece but it flashes across the six-yard box without anyone providing the finishing touch.
Spurs look happy to run the clock down as Walker takes his time over a throw-in before Soldado takes the ball into the corner and is fouled by Distin.
Everton looked the likeliest side to grab a winner and they will still have time, as the signal goes up for NINE added minutes to be played.
Barkley skips away from Dawson down the left wing but the Spurs defender recovers quickly to make the tackle.
Deulofeu squirms away from a couple of challenge to get into the box but Lloris rushes quickly off his line to make an excellent save from a narrow angle.
Lloris' enthusiasm has not been diminished as he comes out through a mass of bodies to punch clear a Baines corner.
Lukaku also picked up a knock in the collision with Lloris and has to be replaced by Jelavic for the closing stages.
Lloris clearly wants to continue and finally gets his wish after a lengthy delay. Friedel sits back down again, and the Everton fans unfairly boo the French keeper as he restarts play.
Villas-Boas may have to replace Lloris as Friedel strips off and prepares for action, but this is a decision that will be made by the doctor who will want to avoid any risk of a head injury.
Lukaku is booked but it looked entirely accidental. Lloris requires treatment and a stretcher is brought on, but he is thankfully okay and returns to his feet.
Barry tries to release Lukaku with a long ball but Lloris is out quickly to claim the ball just inside his area. Lukaku catches Lloris firmly in the head with his trailing leg and the Spurs keeper stays down in a worrying moment at Goodison Park.
The game is opening up now as Everton have a chance to hit Spurs on the counter-attack, but Lukaku's pass is intercepted.
Tottenham break free of their own half for the first time in ages and Sigurdsson forces Howard into an acrobatic save away to his left with a powerful shot from 20 yards.
Jagielka goes down in pain following an aerial challenge with Soldado and replays he is caught just above the ribs by a flailing arm from the Spaniard, but the referee decides just a stern word is enough and keeps his cards in his pocket.
McCarthy delivers a fine cross in from the right which Lukaku gets a slight touch on but not enough to test Lloris from a tight angle. Credit must again go to Dawson for shackling Lukaku closely and making life difficult for the on-loan striker.
Dawson demonstrates his defensive skills with a superb block to prevent Distin from providing the finish to a good cross.
Paulinho is shown a yellow card following a foul on McCarthy and the Everton fans respond with a huge sarcastic cheer after missing out on the penalty moments earlier.
There are huge shouts for a penalty as Vertonghen catches Coleman from behind. The Everton full-back goes to ground but instantly gets back to his feet to fire off a weak shot and the referee waves play on. If Coleman had stayed down he would surely have got a spot-kick.
Deulofeu tries to make an immediate impact with a run down the right wing but is stopped in his tracks by a strong tackle from Vertonghen.
Pienaar and Baines are on crossed wavelengths for once as the South African sends a stray pass behind the overlapping full-back.
Coleman floats in a disappointing cross from the right which Tottenham allow to drift out of play with no Everton player in the vicinity.
Distin requires treatment from the physio but is fine to continue, before play resumed with a drop-ball.
Vertonghen feeds Paulinho but his shot is well blocked by Distin, who takes a knock to his shin as the Spurs midfielder falls awkwardly.
Distin takes aim with a shot from the edge of the area but Dawson stands up tall and takes the blow.
Vertonghen was so impressive in the first half, mostly going forward, but he shows the other side to his game with a good block on Mirallas' cross.
Townsend tries to wriggle away from Baines near the right touchline but cannot keep the ball in play.
Everton are looking more threatening now as Pienaar links up well with Osman and Baines, but Walker manages to shepherd the ball behind for a goal-kick.
The ball breaks for Lukaku in the middle of the pitch and he is able to launch a swift counter-attack with Everton three-on-two. He plays in Mirallas but Chiriches does brilliantly to slide in with a perfectly timed challenge. He needed to get that right and replays show he did, although Mirallas felt he was fouled and is booked for dissent.
Spurs have picked up where they left off in the first half by pushing Everton back into their own territory, but they are still unable to get much service to Soldado.
Townsend wins the ball off Baines and cuts it back for Holtby, but his shot from the corner of the box is blocked and Everton survive.
The half-time whistle goes and the score remains goalless. It has been a lively first half and Tottenham have certainly had the better of things, but there have been no clear-cut chances.
Howard horribly slices an attempted clearance but luckily it does not drop straight to the feet of a Spurs player and, when a chance to shoot eventually falls to Soldado from the edge of the area, he blazes high into the stands.
Sandro clearly did not feel it should be a free-kick and he leaps up in the defensive wall to block Mirallas' strike and concede a corner.
Another free-kick for Everton in a good area as Sandro slips on the turf and accidentally handles the ball with his outstretched arm.
Everton get a free-kick wide on the right and Baines' inswinging delivery causes an anxious moment at the back for Spurs before it is cleared.
Townsend could certainly never be accused of lacking confidence, as he tries another shot from outside the area which is well held by Howard.
Lennon shows good speed to race away down the left wing but there are far more blue shirts in the centre than white and it is not surprising that McCarthy manages to intercept.
Everton continue to get a foothold in the game with some patient build-up play, but they have still not made Lloris work enough yet.
The in-form Lukaku skips past Chiriches to charge into the Spurs area, but Dawson gets across quickly to block his attempted cross.
Sandro plays a key role for Tottenham and has helped them win the ball very up the pitch with his tough tackling.
Baines is given a rare chance to stretch his legs running forward rather than back to his own goal, and a huge roar erupts as Everton earn a corner.
Everton have temporarily weathered the storm as they enjoy a fair bit of possession in the centre of the park.
The Everton fans are finally given something to shout about as Osman has a pop at goal from 20 yards. It is a decent hit but does not trouble Lloris as it rises over the bar.
Everton remain pinned back as Tottenham enjoy a good spell of possession, but the one comfort for fans is that they are very organised in defence.
Distin shows good awareness to head a Soldado cross behind for a corner before it can reach Lennon in the middle, and from the resulting set-piece Holtby has a shot from the edge of the area which is well held by Howard.
There are appeals for a Tottenham penalty as Coleman desperately tries to track back after an initial slip had let Vertonghen surge through. The Spurs full-back goes down and it appears as though there is definite contact from a clumsy challenge, but the referee waves play on.
Everton play a long ball forward and Lloris is nearly caught out by a high bounce but just manages to jump up and claim it.
Townsend curls over a cross to the far side of the area for Lennon to chase but it is just too heavy and he cannot turn it back into the centre under pressure from Coleman.
A free-kick from deep is floated into the Everton box as Tottenham continue to dominate, but it just sails over the head of Dawson and out of play to give Everton a breather.
Walker steps up to take a free-kick from just outside the area and it is a ferocious strike. Unfortunately for Spurs it is straight at Howard and he punches it firmly to safety.
McCarthy becomes the second player to go into the book after tugging back Vertonghen following a burst down the left wing.
Everton have not been given the chance to settle yet thanks to Tottenham's pressing, but sometimes the enthusiasm of Spurs has gone a bit over the top and Holtby fouled Baines near the corner flag. Howard was not impressed but gets booked for dissent after having a word with referee Friend.
Townsend terrorises Everton with another run as he drifts in from the left and combines nicely with Lennon and Paulinho, before seeing a shot deflected behind for a corner by McCarthy's block.
Paulinho plays in Lennon through the left-hand channel but he opts to try and return the pass rather than shoot with his left foot and Everton are able to intercept.
Townsend's duel with Baines will be a fascinating subplot throughout the afternoon and round one goes to the Spurs winger as he is fouled after beating the Everton man for pace with a trademark sprint down the right.
Everton work the ball well in midfield but then Mirallas fails to time his run forward and the flag goes up for offside.
Chiriches calmly dispossesses Mirallas to halt a threatening Everton attack and Spurs launch an attack down the left wing, with Lennon's cross headed wide by Soldado when the striker really should be hitting the target.
Vertonghen cuts in well from the left but lacks support as he looks to pick out a pass, and Everton get it away easily.
Tottenham look determined to start quickly today as Townsend lets fly with a 25-yard shot which skims well wide.
Townsend links up well with Walker down the Tottenham right and it is Coleman who has to dart across to make the tackle.
Spurs get hold of the ball for the first time and Sandro tries his luck with a low effort from at least 30 yards which forced Howard into a scrambling save down to his left.
The threat of Lukaku is immediately obvious as Barry tried to pick out the Belgian forward with a long diagonal pass.
The game gets underway on what has turned into a sunny day at Goodison Park, and let us hope for a great match.
"This is Stewart MacLaren from a warm & windy Torrevieja in Spain saying that Everton will beat Tottenham 2-1 at Goodison Park this afternoon with good goals from Leighton Baines & Romelu Lukaku."
The team news is that Tottenham have reverted to the side that beat Hull in the Barclays Premier League last weekend, with Villas-Boas making eight changes for the Capital One Cup win over the Tigers in midweek. Everton make one change from last weekend's win at Aston Villa with goalscoring substitute Leon Osman replacing Ross Barkley in the starting line-up.
Lee Tomlinson writes: "Hope we score some goals today. We need them! Don't think AVBs system is working as the lack of (league goals) shows! Hate to admit it but big Ade might be a solution. COYS."
This just in from or friends at Sky Bet: Romelu Lukaku is the 5/1 favourite to open the scoring having found the net five times in as many league appearances for the Toffees. Roberto Soldado is considered Spurs' main threat for the opener at 6/1. England sensation Andros Townsend has been boosted to 16/1 to strike first. Everton are 7/5 favs to take the three points with Spurs at 2/1 and the draw 12/5.
Chris Green from Huddersfield says: "Goodison Park is one of the toughest places to come to in the Premier League, but Spurs have the players to cope with any difficult challenge, and providing they perform to their full potential, I can't see the Evertonians getting the better of the Londoners this afternoon. I can't say for sure what the final score will be, but I see Spurs winning this one by a comfortable margin (3-1), with Soldado and Townsend amongst the goals."
Zeeshan writes: "I love both teams, but I want Tottenham to win to increase pressure on Arsenal. I think 1-0 to Tottenham."
There has been no such negativity around Everton, who beat Aston Villa in their most recent outing and have a great recent record at Goodison Park after winning three on the spin at Goodison Park.
Tottenham kept their good form going last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Hull City, but the result only came after a controversial penalty and the main headline came from Andre Villas-Boas saying afterwards that the fans had been no help. Spurs are away from home today, of course, and have only conceded one goal so far on their travels.
Sam is the first to get in touch, saying: "As we are away from home and I would normally take a point at Goodison. But with Arsenal wining and Chelsea and Liverpool both losing we have to win we want to battle with the top teams in the prem. COYS."
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Jelavic, Oviedo, Deulofeu, Naismith, Stones, Barkley.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Sandro, Paulinho, Townsend, Holtby, Lennon, Soldado. Subs: Kaboul, Lamela, Defoe, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Friedel, Dembele.
Please get in touch with your views and predictions ahead of the game at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. Will Everton make the most of home advantage and run out winners or can Spurs go away with the spoils? Roberto Martinez's side have been praised for their style of play while Tottenham have had to deal with criticism, so what kind of match are you expecting?
Good afternoon and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Everton's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. Both sides have made strong starts to the new campaign and if there is a winner today they will climb to second in the standings behind early leaders Arsenal, so it promises to be an intriguing encounter.