2021-22 Premier League: Week 18 – Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Liverpool to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a blockbuster Super Sunday clash as the pre-Christmas standings take full shape.

Victory would lift Tottenham up to sixth, whereas a win would see Liverpool go top if Manchester City fail to win earlier in the day.

 

Team News

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Giovani Lo Celso is set to return for Tottenham after recovering from a knee injury.

Emerson Royal, Bryan Gil, Oliver Skipp, Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min (all Coronavirus) and Sergio Reguilon (knock) all face late fitness tests.

Dane Scarlett (Coronavirus) and Cristian Romero (thigh) remain ruled out.

Liverpool will be without Virgil Van Dijk and Fabinho after the pair tested positive prior to Thursday’s comeback win over Newcastle.

Adrian (calf), Nathaniel Phillips (cheekbone), Divock Origi (knock), Curtis Jones (eye/Coronavirus) and Harvey Elliott (ankle) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Tottenham are winless in their last seven league meetings against Liverpool (D1, L6).
  • Liverpool have won their last three league visits to Tottenham (L3).
  • Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has scored in both meetings against Tottenham last season.
  • Son Heung-min has scored once in each of Spurs’ last two home Premier League matches (W2).
  • Andrew Robertson has been yellow carded in each of Liverpool’s last two away matches.

 

Prediction

Having endured a difficult fortnight with no football and a shut training ground, it is very difficult to predict how we could see Tottenham play here but they can take heart from a clinical performance in their last outing with great pace and movement on the ball.

Liverpool meanwhile are in strong form but were sluggish in the opening minutes of their comeback midweek win over Newcastle, yet rebounded with great team spirit and movement on the attack which eventually proved the difference in a physical encounter.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds though have the upper hand in this fixture and with fitness questions over various Spurs players, I can see just one result coming here.

Prediction: Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

Result: Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

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