Can Liverpool maintain their perfect start?
Last updated: September 14, 2018 by Leon Marshal
|Kick-off:||Saturday, 12:30 pm|
|Last Meeting:||Liverpool 2 – 2 Spurs|
Now the international break is over, we can get back to the bread and butter business of the Premier League. The first game of the weekend serves up a mouth-watering clash between 100% Liverpool and much fancied Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will try to forget last weekend’s Vicarage Road horror show where they gave away an early lead to lose 2-1 to Watford. This was a disappointment, especially coming on the back of their unbelievable 0-3 away win at Old Trafford. In that game, Tottenham not only survived the test against Manchester United in their first encounter with a top six opponent, but handed José Mourinho his worst ever home defeat in his career.
United, especially in the first half were the better side, but couldn’t find the killer punch and were punished for their lack of goals by a patient and determined Spurs side, who pounced late in quick succession. Here, all eyes are likely to be on the man of the moment Lucas Moura. He scored a brace in Tottenham’s win against United to increase his goal scoring tally from two to three. Three Lions captain Harry Kane will be looking to get back into his goal scoring form that made him bag 30 goals in the league last season. Christian Eriksen has been involved in 20 goals in his last 18 games, scoring 15 times and assisting 5.
Liverpool, are likely to find Tottenham a different proposition to the teams they have faced so far. Klopp’s team will be looking to make it five out of five against a side that desperately needs a win to keep the pace at the top of the league. Liverpool breezed past Leicester City with two first half goals from Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino. Their defence has been strong with Joseph Gomez partnering with Virgil van Dijk. Alison has produced three clean sheets in four matches with just one goal conceded.
Mohammed Salah is yet to hit the ground running, being on most defenders watch list and a target for man-marking in most of the matches. Tthe Egyptian is making a slow start to the season but that has always been the case in football.
It will be interesting to see how both teams will line up with the Champions League expected to commence next week. Jürgen Klopp may have to take some gambles as he faces French giants Paris Saint Germain at Anfield on Tuesday night while Spurs travel to Italy for their equally tough battle against Inter Milan.
A good omen for superstitious Spurs fans, Mike Oliver takes charge of the match. They have won 18 of 33 matches the 33-year old has officiated..
Wanyama and Lamela are back from injury but the game has come too quickly for Alli and Lloris who will not feature.
Liverpool’s next fixtures are against PSG, Southampton, Chelsea (away) Chelsea (home), Napoli, and Manchester City.
Virgil van Dijk was crowned as the first Standard Chartered Player of the Month for August. He pipped Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to the award, with the forward pair finishing in second and third position.
|Spurs (4-3-2-1):||Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembélé, Dier, Eriksen, Kane, Moura|
|Subs:||Gazzaniga, Winks, Llorente, Aurier, Rose, Wanyama, Son|
|Injured:||Lloris, Sissoko, Janssen, Foyth, Alli|
|Doubtful:||Trippier, Rose, Lamela|
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mané|
|Subs:||Mignolet, Keita, Sturridge, Moreno, Fabinho, Shaqiri, Lovren|
So Far This Season
|Tottenham This Season||Liverpool This Season|
|2 (1)||Wins (away)||2 (2)|
|3 – 0 v Man United||Biggest Win||4 – 0 v West Ham|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|1 – 2 Watford||Biggest Defeat||–|
|Lucas Moura (3)||Top Goal Scorer||Sadio Mané (4)|
|Y6, R0||Discipline||Y5, R0|
|0||Failures to Score||0|
|75%||Both Teams to Score Games||25%|
|100%||Over 2.5 Goals||50%|
|0%||Under 2.5 Goals||50%|
- Tottenham fired four goals past The Reds in their last encounter at Wembley. A lot has however changed in the two sides since then. Spurs have managed just one clean sheet, and they now face a team who have proved almost invincible at the back.
- Liverpool are still unbeaten as they face their first real test against one of the top six. Both teams have scored in each of their first four fixtures and there is likely to be lots of goals in this match as both teams play good attacking football.
- There have been 42 matches between the teams so far. Spurs have won 12, Liverpool have won 18, and 12 were draws. Four of the last ten games ended with a draw, five Liverpool wins, and just one Spurs win.
- Liverpool’s next six fixtures are tough. Manager Jürgen Klopp will be looking to reshuffle his team, slowly introducing some of the new signings such as Fabinho and Shaqiri.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|04/02/2018||EPL||Liverpool 2 – 2 Tottenham||Salah 3’|
|22/10/2017||EPL||Tottenham 4 – 1 Liverpool||Kane 4′|
|11/02/2017||EPL||Liverpool 2 – 0 Tottenham||Mané 16′|
|25/10/2016||FA Cup||Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham||Sturridge 9′|
|27/08/2016||EPL||Tottenham 1 – 1 Liverpool||Milner 43′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Liverpool are favourites in this match, given their impressive start to the season. Yet they will definitely not find it easy against a side they only managed to take a single point out of the possible six from last season.
So often in football the anticipated clash of the heavyweights ends in disappointment and it could be we are just getting giddy to see Premier League action back, but we see goals in this. Last season’s top scorers Harry Kane and Mohammed Salah face off but Liverpool have shown this year that they have other players to hurt you, even if Salah doesn’t. For Tottenham, would you bet against Son, who is returning to the Spurs line up after winning a gold medal at the Asian Games, marking his return with a goal?
It is with this reasoning that we believe we will see an explosive start to this weekend’s action. We feel over 1.5 goals in the first half is a good bet. Get the best odds at 888sport.