Tottenham vs Liverpool: Preview and Prediction
Tottenham vs Liverpool
English Premier League.
Date: Saturday, 27 August, 2016,
Kick-off: 12:00 UK.
Venue: White Hart Lane (London).
Liverpool were brought back to earth by the newly promoted Burnley last weekend after their impressive win against Arsenal in the opening week. With no European football this season, Liverpool could primarily focus on the Premier League and push for a top four finish at the least . But dropping points against teams like Burnley rather question their credentials.
Tottenham escaped with a narrow 1-0 win at home against Crystal Palace in the weekend and it took until the 82nd minute for Victor Wanyama to break the deadline. Mauricio Pochettino would have liked to win this by a healthier margin as he look to build up on the top four finish last season. With Champions League football around the corner the real challenge for the Argentinian tactician is to balance his squad between the competitions.
Tottenham: Team News
Hugo Lloris is yet to recover from the hamstring injury and Michel Vorm is set to keep his place in goal. While Mousa Dembele will serve the fifth of his six game ban.
Harry Kane could be deployed in a number 10 role with Vincent Janssen spearheading the attack. While Dele Alli could once again start from the bench.
Tottenham: Predicted Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Vorm – Rose, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Walker – Wanyama, Dier – Eriksen, Lamela, Kane – Jansen.
Liverpool: Team News
Sadio Mane is expected to return to the starting line-up after missing the match against Burnley due to a shoulder injury.
Emre Can is sidelined after suffering an ankle injury during Liverpool’s 5-0 win against Burton Albion on Tuesday night.
Liverpool: Predicted Starting Eleven (4-4-3)
Mignolet – Milner, Matip, Lovren, Clyne – Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana – Coutinho, Firmino, Mane.
Tottenham vs Liverpool: Head-to-Head
Liverpool haven’t lost to Tottenham in a league match since November 2011, which put them on a seven match unbeaten run with five wins and two draws.
The two Premier League fixtures of last season between these two sides end in stalemates, 0-0 at White Hart Lane and 1-1 at Anfield.
Tottenham haven’t scored in the last three home games against Liverpool and conceded 8 goals.
Tottenham vs Liverpool: Prediction
Liverpool have shown that they are still vulnerable in defense after conceding 5 goals in their fist two Premier League matches. It was also evident from the 2-0 defeat to Burnley that their attacking unit will struggle against a well organized defense.
While Spurs are a side with some real quality in all departments. Despite their slow start, Pochettino’s side must be considered as favourites. Also, the hosts will be keen to put an end to their seven match win-less run against the Merseyside Reds and are likely to up the ante here.
Tottenham vs Liverpool: Betting Tips
Tottenham to win at 2.40
Both Teams to Score at 1.57
Both Teams to Score and Tottenham to win at 4.00.