Tottenham and Liverpool go head-to-head at White Hart Lane in the most eagerly-anticipated match of the Premier League weekend (12.30pm Saturday, televised live on Sky Sports 1).
Spurs got their season up and running last Saturday, defeating Crystal Palace 1-0 in north London thanks to an 83rd minute header from midfielder Victor Wanyama. The opportunity to pick up three points looked to have escaped Mauricio Pochettino’s (pictured) men as the match entered its closing stages. Tottenham wasted a number of excellent chances throughout the game, but the Argentine will be delighted that his side kept going and did not give up despite some dogged defending from the visitors.
Tottenham’s pressing was not quite as cohesive as we have come to expect. They were also rather sloppy in possession at times, but the important thing is that they still did enough to win the game. Four points from their opening two matches is a good start to the season, and they will be aiming to make it seven points from a possible nine when Liverpool travel to the capital this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges followed up their entertaining 4-3 victory over Arsenal on the opening day with a very disappointing 2-0 defeat by Burnley on Saturday. The Reds had over 80% of possession at Turf Moor but just could not break down a stubborn and obdurate Burnley outfit, while there were also plenty of problems for Liverpool at the back. There will have to be a major improvement in that regard if Klopp is to lead the club back into the Champions League this term. In the shorter-term they will have to be more defensively solid and resolute if they are to shut out a Tottenham team who played some wonderful attacking football in the 2015/16 campaign.
Pochettino partnered Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen up front against Crystal Palace, with the England international dropping deeper into more of a No.10/second striker role. Janssen played well despite fluffing the best opportunity of the match in the second half and it will be interesting to see whether Tottenham use the same system again this weekend. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will again miss out with a hamstring injury, but Pochettino has no other fitness concerns.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will have to make do without Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez, Loris Karius, Lucas Leiva and Sheyi Ojo. Sadio Mane could return after regaining his fitness. Daniel Sturridge will probably lead the line once more, although Klopp has other options at his disposal in Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi. He may opt to shuffle the pack in attacking areas after a blunt display last weekend.
Our Preview’s Spurs v Liverpool Betting Tips
Pochettino and Klopp are two of the Premier League’s foremost exponents of a heavy pressing game, which could result in Saturday’s encounter being a fast, frenetic and entertaining affair. From a betting tips’ perspective, it is tempting for this match preview to conclude that Tottenham could have the edge over Liverpool, despite the fact they have not won any of the last seven clashes against the Merseysiders.
Spurs generally keep things tighter at the back than their opponents and will back themselves to limit the damage that the likes of Firmino, Sturridge, Mane and Philippe Coutinho can cause, while also hurting Liverpool when they make their own forays forward.
Overall it could be worth placing a wager on Tottenham overcoming Liverpool by two goals to one at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon. Another potential bet worth exploring is Janssen to find the back of the net anytime. Even if Pochettino chooses to restore Dele Alli to the starting XI in his place, the Netherlands international could easily score after coming off the bench.