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Tottenham v Liverpool – Preview

A fascinating game takes place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening, as Premier League leaders Liverpool, visit Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham. Despite being unbeaten in their last 37 Premier League games, this could be one of the more difficult tasks for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they try to stay on track to claim their first ever Premier League title.

Stuttering Spurs

When Jose Mourinho arrived at Spurs earlier in the season they did improve, but they have won just five of their last 10 EPL games, and only two of their last five games, which has seen them drop to sixth place, six points behind the top four. Their home form has kept them challenging towards the top of the Premier League, winning six and drawing two of their 10 home games, whilst they average over two goals per game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Unstoppable Reds

Liverpool are a staggering 28 points ahead of Spurs and will go into this game with a double figure lead at the top of the EPL. They have won 19 and drawn one of their opening 20 games this season and can boast a record of 10 successive wins, which includes clean sheets in their last five league games.

The Reds have the best away record in the division, winning eight of their nine games on the road, but the only points they have dropped did come away from Anfield when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Head-to-head record

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five games against Spurs, winning four of them including last year’s Champions League final when goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi secured a sixth European Cup for the Reds.

When the sides met earlier this season, it was Liverpool who came out on top again. Despite Harry Kane giving Spurs a first minute lead at Anfield in October, the hosts hit back with second half goals from Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah.

The last time Tottenham beat Liverpool at ‘home’ was in 2017 when Spurs were using Wembley. A Harry Kane brace, plus goals from Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min gave them a comfortable 4-1 win, despite a Mo Salah equaliser. However, Liverpool did the double over Spurs last season, winning both games 2-1 and they will hope to repeat that feat on Saturday evening.

Stats

Tottenham have won four of their last five competitive home matches, and there has been an average of 4.2 goals per game during this run.

Liverpool have been ahead at half-time in 75% of their league matches so far, going on to win on all occasions.

In the previous five league meetings between the clubs, both teams have scored with the majority of goals coming in the second half (55.56%), whilst an amazing four goals were scored in injury time – three of those for Spurs.

Mohamed Salah has scored four goals in his last five competitive games against Tottenham – and scored a penalty in the two most recent meetings between the sides.

José Mourinho has only beaten teams managed by Jürgen Klopp twice in ten attempts, drawing four and losing four of the other games.

Verdict

Liverpool will go into this game as favourites, especially now that Harry Kane has been ruled out for six weeks with a muscle injury. The Reds are the form side in the Premier League, winning five successive games, whilst scoring 12 and not conceding during that run.

Spurs do have a good home record and we do see them scoring, perhaps Son Heung-Min will carry the main threat, but Liverpool have Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino leading their attack against a defence struggling to keep a clean sheet. We see over 2.5 goals, maybe over 3.5 goals and a Liverpool win.

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