World Champions Liverpool Travel to Jose’s Tottenham
Last updated: January 8, 2020 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium|
|Last Meeting:||Liverpool 2 – 1 Spurs|
Liverpool visits Tottenham Hotspurs in party mode, parading their hard-earned gold Club World Cup Champions badge after their triumph in Qatar. Will Mourinho be Liverpool’s pooper or will Klopp’s men take another giant stride to the title?
Jose Mourinho’s managerial credentials are about to be put to the test once again after a short managerial bounce that elevated them from 14th to 6th in the table. There is a big question mark on the Spurs squad that seemed to be rich in depth but has been ruthlessly exposed by Harry Kane’s hamstring injury and a groin injury to record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
Dele Alli has been the most improved player under the stewardship of the Portuguese manager while Son’s red card against Chelsea put a taint on his brilliance on the pitch. Last time Kane was injured for an extended period, Son stepped up his game. Spurs have fumbled against the big teams, losing 2 – 1 to Manchester United, and the recent 2 – 0 loss to Chelsea where Frank Lampard tactically embarrassed his former manager on their own turf.
Tottenham fans are likely to be nervous about this one. Spurs’ record against Liverpool makes for unpleasant reading with just one win in the last ten meetings including a Champions League final defeat. They are currently on a four-match losing streak against the league leaders. A result would be a great morale booster in their quest for next year’s Champions League football, especially with other contenders for qualification struggling for form and consistency.
The League leaders campaign, on the other hand, is just a fairy tale that gets better and better for their loyal supporters. A 13 point gap at the top and a game in hand, the 29-year wait is undoubtedly coming to an end, surely?
Liverpool has gone a full year without tasting defeat, losing last on 3rd January 2019 to Man City. They may not have been playing the most beautiful football this season, but they are showing an ability to grind out results. A full fixture schedule has forced Klopp to rotate his squad but rather than affect results, replacements such as Eighteen-year-old Curtis Jones have responded well to the challenge. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have been the icing on the cake providing a cumulative total of 16 assists this season. The Reds have only dropped points once this season, drawing 1-1 against Manchester United in October and they still have a long way to go to match Arsenal’s record of 537 days (2003-04) unbeaten, but it’s difficult to deny that Klopp has a team that could emulate the famous Arsenal ‘invincibles’.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to get his strategy right after being schooled by his former player Frank Lampard the last time he faced a top-six opposition.
Harry Kane is out with a hamstring injury, but Son is back from suspension and will jump straight into the starting eleven to lead the attack.
Liverpool are on a record-breaking campaign and enjoy a 13 point gap at the top with a game in hand.
A win for Liverpool on Saturday will break the record books for best-ever start to the Premier League after 21 matches that is currently held by Man City (2017-18).
|Tottenham (4-3-3):||Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sessegnon, Lo Celso, Winks, Lamella, Eriksen, Alli, Son|
|Subs:||Austin, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Wanyama, Moura, Dier, Sissoko|
|Injured:||Lloris, Rose, Davies, Kane|
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane|
|Subs:||Adrian, Brewster, Origi, Lovren , Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Lallana|
|Injured:||Clyne, Salah, Shaqiri, Matip|
So Far This Season
|Spurs This Season||Liverpool This Season|
|8 (2)||Wins (away)||19 (8)|
|5 – 0 v Burnley||Biggest Win||4 – 0 v Leicester City|
|6 (3)||Draws (away)||1 (1)|
|0 – 3 v Brighton||Biggest Defeat||—|
|Kane (11)||Top Goal Scorer||Mane (11)|
|Y49, R3||Discipline||Y20, R1|
|0||Failures to Score||0|
|75%||Both Teams to Score Games||65%|
|75%||Over 2.5 Goals||75%|
|25%||Under 2.5 Goals||25%|
- Liverpool and Spurs have faced off 55 times, Liverpool dominating with 26 times against Spurs’ 14. There has been 15 draws between them.
- Two attacking sides who are not short of goals, both teams feature in games that have three or more goals 75% of the time.
- Liverpool are top of the League with 19 wins and one draw, Tottenham are 6th.
- Liverpool has an average of 2.7 chances created per match compared to Spur’s 1.38 opportunities and an average of 2.45 goals per game against Spur’s 1.71 goals per match.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|27/10/2019||EPL||Liverpool 2 – 1 Spurs||Kane 1’|
|01/06/2019||UEFA||Spurs 2 – 0 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’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
The loss of Kane is a huge blow to Tottenham with the only consolation being how last time the England striker was sidelined, Son Heung-min stepped up to the plate and produced some stunning performances. Liverpool appears to be an unstoppable juggernaut at the moment, and despite many believing a packed festive schedule would hit them hard, Liverpool keep grinding out results and this game could be another giant step towards that title that has eluded them for so long.
All things considered, we can’t see anything but a Liverpool win (7/10) here and Both Teams to Score yes @ 8/13. Over 2.5 goals is also worth considering at the same price of 8/13 at 888sport.