Tottenham Hotspur face Liverpool in a blockbuster Premier League showdown at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Victory would see Tottenham go second in the table if Brighton fail to win in the lunchtime kick-off, whilst Liverpool can go top with a win if Manchester City fail to beat Wolves in a mid-afternoon match.
Brennan Johnson is ruled out for Tottenham after he suffered a hamstring injury during their North London derby draw at Arsenal.
James Maddison and Son Heung-min are both considered as doubts and will face late fitness tests, having suffered knocks last weekend.
Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring), Bryan Gil (groin), Giovani Lo Celso (quad), Rodrigo Bentancur (knee), Ivan Perisic (ACL) and Alfie Whiteman (ankle) remain ruled out.
Liverpool will welcome Trent Alexander-Arnold back from a hamstring injury.
Joe Gomez (unspecified) could feature but Stefan Bajcetic (calf) and Thiago Alcantara (hip) are sidelined.
When is Kick-Off?
Tottenham host Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday 30 September in a 5:30pm BST kick-off, live on Sky Sports in the UK.
- Tottenham are winless in their last 11 league meetings against Liverpool (D3, L8).
- Liverpool have claimed 13 out of 15 points in their last five league visits to Tottenham (W4, D1).
- Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored three goals in both meetings against Tottenham last season.
- All four of Tottenham’s goals at home this season were scored after half-time.
- Liverpool have conceded first in three of their last five matches (W5), except for wins over Aston Villa and West Ham.
Aside from their poor recent record against Liverpool, Tottenham should have little to fear coming into this latest ‘big six’ clash under Ange Postecoglou because they showed guts and bravery to twice come from behind to draw at Arsenal with an excellent aggressive press.
Admittedly, both conceded goals courtesy of mistakes from Cristian Romero were slightly unlucky and will be a concern against Liverpool’s fierce attack, but Tottenham have resilience and energy unlike recent seasons so I do expect them to cause serious issues when on the attack.
Liverpool meanwhile have their own defensive issues with just one clean sheet and scored first in two of their last seven games in all competitions, yet somehow their attacking threats ensure that they get away with wins which is pretty impressive in terms of luck.
I however personally feel that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are totally riding their luck because they one day won’t come from behind to win, and if Spurs can score first here and push on then this might just be that moment.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
Result: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool