Inconsistent Tottenham Face Daunting Anfield Trip
Last updated: October 23, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Spurs 0 – 2 Liverpool|
Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Anfield, a ground they haven’t won at since May 2011. A potential classic encounter between two attacking sides going head to head in what is the standout fixture in this weekend’s Premier League fixture.
Liverpool’s 100% record was shattered by Manchester United as their poor run of results at Old Trafford continued. What was more worrying was their lacklustre performance that ended their 17 consecutive winning streak that lasted for 225 days. The Reds were just one victory short of equalling Manchester City’s record of successive wins set in 2017 and came close to matching Chelsea’s record of winning the opening nine Premier League matches.
A late equaliser by Adam Lallana cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s first-half goal for the sides to share the spoils with the game ending 1 – 1. The most controversial moments from the game was the use of VAR. Victor Lindeloef appeared to have brought down Divock Origi in the build-up to the goal. VAR had a look, as it does with all goals, but did not reverse the decision as it wasn’t deemed a clear and obvious mistake by the referee. A decision that infuriated an animated Jurgen Klopp on the sidelines.
Mohammed Salah was a notable absentee in the draw as Firmino, who was having an off day, could barely sort his feet out and looked a shadow of the player who shone in Liverpool’s 4-3 win against Salzburg. The Egyptian is now back and together with Naby Keita, who played an import part in the equaliser against Manchester United, is likely to give the team a new dimension in attack.
Tottenham have a poor record against Liverpool, with just one win in the last ten meetings, including a Champions League final defeat. The last time Spurs won in front of the Kop was when Peter Crouch played up front, and Harry Rednapp was in the dug-out. Recent results have also been well below expectations; they lost to Brighton 3 – 0 on the back of a 7 – 2 hammering by Bayern Munich, giving the fans genuine concern by conceding ten goals in just a week. They then survived a scare against Watford as Delle Alli scored in the 86th minute to secure his side a point cancelling out Abdoulaye Doucoure’s early opener for the match to finish as a draw at 1 – 1.
Mauricio Pochettino has a win ratio of 29% since the start of February, averaging 1.1 points per match, scoring 1.33 and conceding 1.29 goals per game. A dramatic drop from what he had achieved from August 2015 – February 2019 when he had a win ratio of 63 % averaging 2.09 points per match.
Klopp was furious over the VAR decisions in the North-West derby, opening a new debate whether the referee should be allowed to have a view at the VAR monitor, as it’s done everywhere else apart from in the Premier League.
Mo Salah is back in the ranks to ignite the Reds attack, but Trent Alexander-Arnold and Matip are doubtful for their Champions League clash and may not be ready for the weekend.
Spurs only have one win in their last ten matches against Liverpool and are yet to win away from home in the Premier League this season.
Pochettino’s winning percentage has dropped from 63% that put him in demand by high profile teams to 29% since February.
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Allison, Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane|
|Subs:||Adrian, Brewster, Milner, Henderson, Origi, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lovren, Lallana|
|Doubtful:||Shaqiri, Alexander-Arnold, Matip|
|Tottenham (4-3-3):||Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Ndombele, Winks, Lamella, Eriksen, Son, Kane|
|Subs:||Austin, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Davies, Wanyama, Moura, Dier, Alli|
|Injured:||Lo Celso, Lloris, Sessegnon|
So Far This Season
|Liverpool This Season||Tottenham This Season|
|8 (4)||Wins (away)||3 (0)|
|4 – 1 v Norwich||Biggest Win||4 – 0 v C Palace|
|1 (1)||Draws (away)||3 (2)|
|—||Biggest Defeat||0 – 3 v Brighton|
|Mane (5) Salah (4)||Top Goal Scorer||Kane (5)|
|Y8, R0||Discipline||Y19, R1|
|0||Failures to Score||2|
|77.8%||Both Teams to Score Games||66.7%|
|77.8%||Over 2.5 Goals||77.8%|
|22.2%||Under 2.5 Goals||22.2%|
- Liverpool and Spurs have faced each other 54 times, Liverpool dominating with 25 times against Spurs 14 with 15 draws between the two.
- The last ten Premier League matches have seen Spurs win just once, Liverpool five wins and four draws.
- Liverpool are top of the League with eight wins and one draw; Spurs have three wins, three draws, and three losses.
- Liverpool has an average of 2.33 chances created per match compared to Spur’s one chance and an average of 2.33 goals per match compared to Spur’s 1.67 goals per game.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|01/06/2019||UEFA||Spurs 0 – 2 Liverpool||Salah 2’|
|31/03/2019||EPL||Liverpool 2 – 1 Spurs||Firmino 16′|
|15/09/2018||EPL||Spurs 1 – 2 Liverpool||Wijnaldum 39′|
|04/02/2018||EPL||Liverpool 2 – 2 Spurs||Salah 3’|
|22/10/2017||EPL||Spurs 4 – 1 Liverpool||Kane 4’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Liverpool are still going to be favourites in this match despite their first fumble of the season at Old Trafford and dropping two crucial points. However, if they avoid defeat, it will be a remarkable 43 Premier League home games since they lost at Anfield. Tottenham’s mid-week 5-0 destruction of Red Star Belgrade has taken the pressure off Mauricio Pochettino’s side a little, but Liverpool are a different and more dangerous proposition. Harry Kane looks hungry, and Son Heung-min is starting to replicate his excellent form of last season. We expect Liverpool to nick this one, over 2.5 goals and both teams to score. You can get 13/8 for a Liverpool win and both sides to score at Paddy Power. The over 2.5 goals market is priced @ 4/7.