Third faces fifth as the race for the Champions League spots hots up
Last updated: February 1, 2018 by Leon Marshal
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|Last Meeting:||Spurs 4 – 1 Liverpool|
Two teams with impressive records of late meet in a hugely important clash. Liverpool moved into third place with their win last time out, but Spur’s victory against Manchester United has tightened things up at the top of the table, especially with Chelsea losing too.
Two defeats in a row after a huge unbeaten run might have had Liverpool fans worried, but they got right back to winning ways on Tuesday night. Salah and Firmino were on the score-sheet again, while the third component of their attacking trio, Sadio Mané, notched an assist. It’s a lethal combination that has worked wonders for Liverpool this season and should continue to do so. A clean sheet is a huge confidence booster too, especially coming into a match against the League’s top scorer. Liverpool have been much better defensively this season and Virgil van Dijk should return to the starting lineup and firm things up even more.
Spurs can leapfrog Liverpool with a win here. Aside from Toby Alderweireld, who looks to remain sidelined for a little bit longer, Pochettino has the luxury of fielding a full strength side. And what a side it currently is. The attacking quartet of Eriksen, Heung-min Son, Alli, and Kane are on fire of late. The high press employed by all four of those against Manchester United was the main reason Spurs emerged worthy winners on Wednesday. So solid were Tottenham that they were rarely troubled defensively. But that likely won’t be so here. Lloris is back in goal and Spurs are resolute at the back, but Trippier and Davies may have to reign in their attacking runs just a little compared to the last match, as leaving too much space at the back could leave Spurs open to Liverpool’s feared counter.
Adam Lallana remains the only attacking injury for Liverpool, as the Englishman has a mild muscle injury having only just returned to fitness.
Spurs added Brazilian Lucas Moura from PSG to their ranks on transfer deadline day.
Virgil van Dijk only made the bench in the last match, but is likely to be restored to the starting lineup.
Hugo Lloris returned to the Spur’s starting lineup and kept an impressive clean sheet in the last match against Manchester United.
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Karius, Gomez, Matip, van Dijk, Moreno, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mané|
|Subs:||Lovren, Milner, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Ings, Solanke, Mignolet|
|Injured:||Klavan, Clyne, Lallana|
|Spurs (4-3-3):||Lloris, Trippier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Son Heung-min, Kane|
|Subs:||Aurier, Lamela, Wanyama, Llorente, Sissoko, Vorm, Walker-Peters|
|Doubtful:||Aurier, Alderweireld, Rose|
So Far This Season
|Liverpool So Far This Season||Tottenham So Far This Season|
|7 (7)||Wins (away)||8 (6)|
|5 – 0 vs. Swansea||Biggest Win||5 – 2 vs. Southampton|
|5 (3)||Draws (away)||4 (2)|
|0 – 5 vs Man City||Biggest Defeat||1 – 4 vs Man City|
|Mohamed Salah (19)||Top Goal Scorer||Harry Kane (21)|
|Y30, R1||Discipline||Y32, R2|
|4||Failures to Score||3|
|52%||Both Teams to Score Games||48%|
|68%||Over 2.5 Goals||44%|
|32%||Under 2.5 Goals||56%|
- The league’s top two scorers face up against each other. Harry Kane is currently on 21 goals, while Salah is just two behind with 19.
- Spurs and Liverpool are statistically very evenly match, with both teams having similar numbers in regard to clean sheets, failures to score and the amount of wins this season.
- Liverpool are a high scoring team with almost two-thirds of their games featuring over 2.5 goals this season. Three of the last five meetings between the teams have featured over 2.5 goals.
- Tottenham have already inflicted just one of Liverpool’s three defeats all season. With a full-strength team and five wins in their last seven, Spurs could well repeat that victory.
Head to Head
|Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides|
|Date||Game Result||Round||First Goal-scorer|
|22/10/2017||Tottenham 4 – 1 Liverpool||Premier League||Kane 4′|
|11/02/2017||Liverpool 2 – 0 Tottenham||Premier League||Mané 16′|
|25/10/2016||Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham||League Cup||Sturridge 9′|
|27/09/2016||Tottenham 1 – 1 Liverpool||Premier League||Milner 43′|
|02/04/2016||Liverpool 1 – 1 Tottenham||Premier League||Coutinho 51′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
The last five encounters between these teams have seen just one victory for Spurs, though that was in the last game, earlier on this season in October. Liverpool though were on a bad run during that time and that result should hold little bearing as to what will happen here.
What the matches do always seem to feature is goals however. All of the last five have featured over 1.5 goals, while both teams have scored in all but one. With so much at stake and both teams – especially the home team – being known for a fearless attacking style, we expect more goals. That’s why we’ll be going with both teams to score, which you can get along with many other bets, at Guts.