James Cormack (@jamescormack_) previews Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 27/10/19
- Time: 16:30
- Venue: Anfield
- Channel: Sky Sports
Liverpool play host to Spurs this Sunday as both sides look to build on impressive Champions League victories in the week.
After a rather dismal start to the campaign, it was a breath of fresh air to watch Spurs play like they did midweek.
Quick, intense, incisive and fluid – it was like watching the Spurs of old (by old I'm talking 2016/17) as they cruised to a 5-0 win over the mighty Red Star Belgrade – winners of the European Cup in 1991, by the way.
Yes, it might've been lowly opposition, but that performance and result was exactly what Mauricio Pochettino's side needed after yet another disappointing result last weekend – a 1-1 draw at home to Watford.
The cycle may be drawing to a close, but there's no reason why the next era can't be even better. With Tanguy Ndombele in midfield, anything's possible.
Ok, maybe not quite, but the Lilywhites have a serious talent in their ranks and along with Davinson Sanchez, Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane – you have a core of fantastic young/youngish talent to build around.
Despite the Champions League victory in midweek, Spurs haven't won in the Premier League since their gritty 2-1 win over Southampton last month. Next up is the simple task of travelling to Anfield to take on table-toppers Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp's side looking to put in a better display than they did at Old Trafford last week.
Like they were at Sheffield United, the Reds were stifled by United’s use of the back five for much of the game – with Ashley Young and Aaron Wan-Bissaka not giving Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold any room to breathe down the flanks.
Despite their lack of rhythm going forward in what was a disjointed display, Adam Lallana was able to cancel out Marcus Rashford’s opener late on as the Reds stretched their lead at the top of the table to six points (now five after Leicester’s win last night).
Spurs ran the Reds close at Anfield last season and if it wasn’t for a Hugo Lloris error, they would’ve walked away with a point or maybe three if Moussa Sissoko was competent in the final third.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip should be fit for this one after missing the trip to Genk in the week.
Spurs have no fresh injury concerns with Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon both recently returning to training.
Hugo Lloris remains out with an elbow injury.
Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Potential Spurs Starting XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Sissoko, Ndombele; Lamela, Alli, Son; Kane.
Head To Head
- All-time: Liverpool-83, Draw-42, Spurs-48
- The visitors have won just one of the previous 15 meetings and haven’t won at Anfield since 2011.
Key Stats & Facts
- The home side are yet to be beaten in the PL this season – their point at Old Trafford was the first time they had dropped points.
- If they win this match, they will equal the Premier League record of 28 points after the opening 10 fixtures. All three teams who hold that record (Chelsea in 2005-06, Manchester City in 2011-12 & 2017-18) went on to win the title that season.
- They are on club record runs of 11 home victories in a row and 44 successive matches unbeaten at Anfield.
- Spurs’ last victory in the Premier League came over a month ago.
- Their tally of 12 points is their lowest after nine matches since Mauricio Pochettino's first season as manager in 2014-15.
- Spurs’ xG (10.81) is the fourth lowest in the division – only Norwich, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Newcastle have worse.
- Harry Kane has been directly involved in seven goals in nine league appearances against Liverpool, scoring five and setting up two. However, he failed to score in both league games against the Reds last season.
- Liverpool 6/11
- Draw 73/20
- Spurs 11/2
Both sides will be coming into this one with confidence after emphatic Champions League wins in the week. The Reds are big favourites and it’s no surprise after the indifferent start Spurs have made to the season.
I think Klopp’s men will get the win here but it won’t be a walkover, Spurs looked much like their old self on Tuesday and will be confident of getting something at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool were stifled by Ole’s back five last week and although I don’t think Poch will opt for the same tactic, he’ll find a way of nullifying Liverpool’s dangerous full-backs.
With this in mind, I think there’s some value in backing Liverpool to win by one goal – they should win with their superior talent, but Spurs will run them close – just like they did last season.
The other bet involves the corner market. In home games, this season, Liverpool average 7.75 corners per game, whilst Spurs average 3.5 on the road. On Sunday, I expect Liverpool to dominate proceedings with Spurs looking to threaten on the counter – it may look like Spurs’ game at Manchester City earlier on in the season, with Liverpool a little less dominant than the Citizens were on that day. Nevertheless, with Liverpool enjoying most of the ball and possessing two of the most attacking full-backs around, they should dominate the corner count.