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Ancelotti predicts Everton v Spurs will be ‘open’ as both sides fight for European football

Carlo Ancelotti has predicted Everton’s clash with Tottenham will be ‘open’ as both sides desperately seek a result in the race for European qualification.

The two teams meet in the Premier League on Friday evening separated by just a single point, both sides harbouring ambitions of gatecrashing the top four and securing Champions League football.

Ancelotti’s side edged Spurs in a thrilling 5-4 FA Cup clash earlier this year and ahead of their meeting on Merseyside the Toffees’ boss is anticipating another entertaining clash.

Both sides can ill-afford to drop points in the race for a top-four finish and the Italian believes that could lead to an ‘open’ game as each side seeks precious points.

“All the eight games are vital,” the Toffees coach told his pre-match press conference. “We have to play against teams who are fighting with us for the position. The other games aren’t less important.

“It will be an open game. They(Tottenham) need points and we need points. They could score but we could score also. It is unpredictable to say what could happen.

“The absence of Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] is important but up front we have options. We have done well without him in some games.”

Ancelotti confirmed that leading scorer Calvert-Lewin remains absent after missing the goalless draw with Brighton last weekend, though there was more positive news on Jordan Pickford who is set to return to the side.

Allan, Andre Gomes and Josh King are also all available for selection after injury.

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