4 Key Battles That Could Decide Tottenham's Premier League Clash With Everton

Tottenham's Premier League meeting with Everton on Saturday has the opportunity to throw up some tasty on-the-pitch encounters.

Both Spurs and the Blues have players who can make the difference on any given match day, and it'll be intriguing to see who comes out on top in any and all tussles.

Here's four that we think may prove to be ones to watch:

4. Hugo Lloris vs Jordan Pickford

Both excellent goalkeepers in their own right, Spurs' shot stopper Lloris and Everton  counterpart Pickford have been hit a bit of a sticky patch in recent weeks.

The Lilywhites' French international looked shaky in the 5-2 win over Southampton, while 23-year-old Pickford was at fault for Liverpool's winner in last Friday's FA Cup loss to Everton's fierce Merseyside rivals.

The pair will hope to not make any glaring errors on Saturday for fear of throwing away points for their sides, and whoever makes the crucial save and maintains their composure could aid their team's resolve to pick up all three points.

3. Cuco Martina vs Son Heung-Min

Cuco Martina has been derided by sections of Everton's support this season, but the Curacao international has manfully done his best to fill in for the injured Leighton Baines over the past two months.

Another foreboding test awaits the full-back when the in-form Son takes to the field though, as the South Korean has all the hallmarks of making it a torrid afternoon for his opponent.

With five goals in his last eight games, the 25-year-old will know if he can beat Martina in their personal battle then he should have done enough to give Spurs a critical victory over the visitors.

2. Idrissa Gana Gueye vs Victor Wanyama

Gueye's midfield dynamism was sorely missed the defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool at the turn of the year, and his return from a hamstring injury is a timely fillip for the men in Blue.

The Senegal international's tireless displays will be needed to close down a strong, possession-based Spurs side in London.

Gueye, though, will come up against fellow African Wanyama, with the bruising powerhouse midfielder fit again after his own injury troubles.

If Wanyama can dominate the centre of the park over Gueye, he could help Tottenham to yet another victory over the Toffees.

1. Harry Kane vs Mason Holgate

With 26 goals in 27 matches for Tottenham, another Player of the Month award in the bag, and reported interest from Real Madrid, Kane is a man at the peak of his powers.

Five goals in seven games against Everton have been chalked up by the potent striker, and he'll hope to add to that tally come Saturday evening.

Standing in his way will be talented defender Mason Holgate, who has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past week.

Historic tweets of alleged homophobic abuse mean that the 21-year-old deleted his Twitter account last weekend, and he'll be hoping his football can do the talking this time around by marshalling Kane effectively.