2020-21 Premier League: Week 13 – Liverpool vs Tottenham

Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield in an epic top of Premier League clash exclusively broadcast live on Amazon Prime. 

Both teams could enter this match outside the top two if both Leicester and Southampton win earlier on Wednesday evening, meaning that victory would put the winners of this game onto the top spot.

 

Team News

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Diogo Jota and Konstantinos Tsimikas are ruled out for Liverpool with knee injuries which forced the pair to miss Sunday’s draw at Fulham.

Joel Matip (back) is expected to be fit for selection after being substituted at half-time at Craven Cottage but James Milner (thigh), Xherdan Shaqiri (hamstring), Naby Keita (muscle), Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara and Virgil Van Dijk (all knee) remain absent.

Tottenham could welcome Gareth Bale back after the Wales international missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace through illness.

Erik Lamela continues to remain sidelined as he rebuilds his match fitness after a foot injury kept him out in recent months.

 

Stat Attack

  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League meetings against Tottenham (W10, D4, L1).
  • Tottenham are winless in their last nine league trips to Anfield (D3, L6), since winning 2-0 in May 2011.
  • Mo Salah has scored in two of his last three Liverpool appearances against Tottenham in all competitions.
  • Spurs’ Son Heung-min has scored four of his ten league goals in 12 appearances on his left foot this season.
  • Salah is just one of two players to have scored a league-high five penalties this season coming into this matchweek, alongside Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.

 

Prediction

Although it feels too early to call this a huge match in the title race, it certainly feels pivotal in this congested season and especially if Leicester and Southampton find themselves sat top before these two face one another.

Liverpool uncharacteristically struggled to get going against Fulham but Alisson’s saves ultimately proved crucial because the Reds eventually escaped West London with a point, although they will have to raise their performance here because Tottenham have got their counter-attack strategy nailed which could be an issue for the Reds’ defence.

Tottenham however just lacked their usual finishing touch at Palace who put in a great performance to drag out an equaliser and ensure that the league leaders left Selhurst Park with a draw, so they will like Liverpool be looking to produce a stronger display as the battle to sit top at Christmas really begins to heat up with one more round left before the big day.

Spurs however will also have to overcome a passionate Anfield crowd who will give the Reds a huge lift as the only Premier League game with fans allowed into the stadium, which is going to be tough given their poor record against Liverpool but a draw wouldn’t be a bad result here.

Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham

Result: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham

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