Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

The big game this weekend sees Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, in the second Super Sunday game.

When the teams met at Wembley in October, Spurs ran out 4-1 winners but haven’t won at Anfield since May 2011 when under Harry Redknapp’s management.

This time, both teams are fighting for a spot in the top four and Champions League football. 

 

Team News

 

Van Dijk Liverpool.jpg
Will Virgil van Dijk start against Tottenham?

 

Centre back, Virgil van Dijk could return to the starting eleven after being on bench at Huddersfield in midweek.

Adam Lallana is back in training but he is unlikely to feature here as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

Nathaniel Clyne is close to a return from a back injury but is ruled out of this match.

Tottenham could hand Deadline Day signing, Lucas Moura his first Premier League start here.

That is however unlikely, due to the player having not been training whilst competing his move to London.

Serge Aurier and Harry Winks are back training, after overcoming calf and ankle injuries respectively.

Centre back, Toby Alderweireld is ruled out for another week with a hamstring injury.

 

Form

 

Liverpool training
Can Jurgen Klopp oversee another victory at Anfield?

Since the defeat at Wembley, Liverpool went on a 18 match unbeaten run in all competitions.

That run saw them end Manchester City’s unbeaten 22 match unbeaten start to this season.

Eight days later, Swansea stunned the Reds by eeking out a surprise 1-0 win to end their unbeaten run.

Since then, Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup to West Bromwich Albion, before winning 3-0 at Huddersfield in midweek.

Tottenham had a tough run from late October into November but since December, they have suffered just one defeat from 13 games in all competitions.

Premier League wise, they have taken 24 points from 11 league games since December.

 

Stat Attack

  • In the PL era, Tottenham have just two wins at Anfield.
  • Liverpool have scored 88 goals to Tottenham’s 67 this season in all competitions but Harry Kane has scored 30 goals to Mohamed Salah’s 26.
  • Since Tottenham’s last win here in May 2011, the Reds have scored 13 goals to Spurs’ five in six league meetings at Anfield.

 

Where will game be won and lost

Per game average Liverpool (home) Tottenham Hotspur (away)
Corners 7.17 4.75
Fouls 9.42 12.50
Shots 20.0 14.08
Shots on Target 7.25 4.75
Goals 2.08 1.75
Yellow cards 1 1.75
Red Cards 0 2

Liverpool have probably won the attack battle, given the superior figures in the shots section. 

They have however wasted an average of 5.17 shots on target to leave them with just 2.08 home goals per game. 

Tottenham meanwhile in comparison have wasted a whole average of three shots on target. 

The North Londoners however have the worst discipline of both sides with a higher foul average by 3.08 fouls. 

Yellow card however is tight with just an 0.75 average separating them but Spurs have seen red twice on the road. 

Ultimately, this is probably going to be a David vs Goaliath type game, with Liverpool winning it in attack but Tottenham solid in defence marring any indiscipline. 

 

Prediction

I can see both sides putting everything out there but Tottenham have a home FA Cup replay in midweek against Newport County. 

For that reason, I expect Mauricio Pochettino to take his best players off early to rest them.

That is what will just give Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool the win, and a huge step towards Champions League football next season. 

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Jake predicts: Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Result: Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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