Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Prediction: Liverpool vs Tottenham

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Bet365

There is a big match in front of stuttering Liverpool, who will have a huge point to prove against in-form title chargers Tottenham. A win could be a huge morale-boost for both sides and the stakes to grab all three points seem higher than ever.

Liverpool

Comparisons between Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers, both of whom are sharing the same statistics thus far, have put additional pressure on the German tactician. Liverpool boss has been criticised for his team selection over the last couple of games as all the improvements he did make in the Liverpool squad remain pushed aside. The main reason is the fact Liverpool failed to win a Premier League game since the turn of the year, whereas they lost four of the last five matches in all competitions for a truly terrible month of January. And just when the 1-1 draw with Chelsea offered a grain of optimism given Liverpool’s desire to get back to winning ways that was on display against the title chargers, there came the Tigers to scratch the Reds and leave a deep scar on their skin with the disappointing 2-0 blow. Sitting fifth in the standings, Liverpool have put their top 4 spot in danger with Manchester United getting agonisingly near and a win against the Spurs is an imperative.

Team News

Liverpool will have no major first-team selection issues as Ojaria, Grujic and Ings remain the only confirmed absentees.

Daniel Lovren is hoping to shake off his knee problem, whereas Ragnar Klavan should also be fit after his illness.

Tottenham

Spurs have been alternating between draws and wins for the last five matches in all competitions, but Pochettino’s men have still managed to remain at the top of the pack with no on but Chelsea in front of them. Tottenham are nine points behind the league leaders and though the title race might look as good as over, the Spurs will argue differently. Tottenham fans are very well aware of the challenge that lies ahead as Spurs are yet to beat Liverpool at Anfield since 2011. They have gone seven matches without a win since, losing as many as six of those and Pochettino will be hoping to put an end to the poor run. It will be easier said than done as wounded Liverpool are a dangerous side to be meeting at the moment. Spurs will definitely hope to see their star man Harry Kane extend his formidable scoring run. The England striker currently stands at the 14-goal tally, whereas he also provided three assists for his teammates.

Team News

Eric Lamela is struggling with illness, whereas N’Koudou and Danny Rose are suffering from knee injuries.

Jan Vertonghen is ruled out through an ankle injury, while Kevin Trippier will be racing against fitness to be ready to feature.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Liverpool failed to win any of their 10 games in 2017
  • The Reds lost 4 of the last 5 matches in all competitions
  • Tottenham are on an 11-match unbeaten run
  • Spurs last triumphed at Anfield in 2011
  • Tottenham lost 4 of their last 5 matches at Liverpool

Conclusion

Tradition is against Tottenham and in favour of Liverpool, but current form and team atmosphere argues differently. Pochettino’s men are the side to be reckoned with and we expect to see an openly contested game with goals at both sides of the pitch.

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Bet365

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