The Premier League is back with Tottenham vs Liverpool, one of English football’s great games played in the country’s best football stadium.
It won’t be easy; Spurs are unbeaten in 36 of their last 38 home Premier League games (W31, D5). Recent history is, however, on their side with the Reds unbeaten in 11 of the last 12 league matches against the Lilywhites (W6, D4).
Liverpool is one of three teams with a 100% record in the top flight this season, while Spurs only defeat came in their last match before the international break at Watford. The Hornets also possess a 100% record as do Chelsea.
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This was to have been the match which inaugurated the new Tottenham Stadium. Slippage in the project timetable means their new ground won’t see any Premier League football in 2018 and reports suggest nor will it this season.
For Spurs that is no hardship in a footballing sense. They are comfortable at the national stadium and last season won all bar two of their home league games (W13, D4) and lost one of their last nineteen (W14, D4). Liverpool wants to end that record; thrashed 4 – 1 last season, their motivation is high. It was their most humiliating performance of 2017-18.
Liverpool’s form is consistent. Their last five games saw them winning at half-time/full-time with Rachid Ghezzai’s goal for Leicester City last time around being the only one conceded in that run.
Tottenham is a team to dent Liverpool’s record. Only Manchester City and Chelsea have scored more goals than Mauricio Pochettino’s team and their last five Premier League matches all saw over 2.5 goals.
Both teams have tough Champions League fixtures in midweek – Tottenham at Internazionale, Liverpool at home to Paris St-Germain – and a win here will bolster their confidence.
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Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli, Juan Foyth and Vincent Janssen are all injured Michel Vorm and Moussa Dembele are likely to replace Lloris and Alli, while Mauricio Pochettino welcomes back Eric Dier and Son Heung-min to the squad.
Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela face late fitness tests to determine their involvement.
Liverpool’s long-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dejan Lovren are joined in the treatment room by Adam Lallana. Simon Mignolet is a doubt with a hand injury but Naby Keita may start having been on the bench at Leicester City.
Tottenham vs Liverpool Head-to-Head
This is the 171st meeting between the two clubs with Liverpool ahead 79 wins to Tottenham’s 48. However, in north London Spurs reign with 40 wins to the Reds 25.
At White Hart Lane/Wembley, Spurs are unbeaten in eight (W6, D2) with those eight all featuring over 2.5 goals. However, last season’s victory was the home side’s first in five attempts (D2, L2).
Tottenham vs Liverpool Form Guide
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Tottenham vs Liverpool Key Men
Michel Vorm is set to take centre stage with Hugo Lloris ‘injured’ and the former Swansea City goalkeeper faces a stern test. In his last two matches for the first team, Tottenham lost: 4 – 1 at Girona and 2 – 1 at Watford.
The Dutch goalkeeper featured in one Premier League last season, coming on in the 1 – 1 draw at Everton. His main duties at Spurs come in the cup so to ask him to come in and be sharp is expecting too much.
Not that Liverpool is entirely in the clear with their goalkeeper. Alisson’s ricket at Leicester was, Jurgen Klopp quipped afterwards, out of his system. The German will hope so; Becker is an expensive flop if he continues down that route.
At the other end of the pitch, Harry Kane takes the plaudits but hasn’t scored in his last three matches for club and country. This season, he has two Premier League goals and an assist, so the return of Son Heung-min relieves some of the pressure on the England captain.
Lucas Moura also chipped in. He is the Lilywhites leading scorer with three goals, two of which came at Manchester United. However, it is his possession of the ball which may influence this match most. He leads the Premier League with 25 possession turnovers.
Liverpool meanwhile, await Mo Salah to kick into gear. The Egyptian has two but Sadio Mane leads the way with four, tied with Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic as the Premier League’s top scorer.
The Reds attack with Roberto Firmino in the centre is built around pace which will test the gaps behind Tottenham’s midfield. Liverpool’s main source of through balls this season is a surprising source: James Milner with three, which Spurs will no doubt be paying attention to.
Tottenham vs Liverpool Prediction
This is a difficult match to predict. Two strong attacks face two defences which have weaknesses. Liverpool found Leicester’s robust attack difficult to control last time out while Spurs succumbed at Watford.
Form suggests Liverpool should nick the win but it will be a close run thing. Our pick is Liverpool to win and both sides to score at 29/10 with Novibet.