Liverpool v Spurs: Top Two Face Off at Anfield

liverpoolThe weekend’s round of fixtures ended with Spurs keeping their place at the top of the Premier League table. The disappointment of a draw at Crystal Palace was lifted to an extent as Liverpool failed to capitalise against Fulham later in the day. On Wednesday night, we meet the team in second place in what is our toughest test of the campaign so far.

It’s a fixture that we may have approached with some dread in 2019/20 but our form remains solid and our unbeaten run in the league has been extended so what can be expect from Wednesday’s 8pm kick off?

Team News

Gareth Bale was the surprise omission from Sunday’s match with reports that the Welsh international was down with the flu. While nothing has been confirmed on Monday morning as we write this preview, we’d have to assume that Bale would miss the trip to Anfield on that basis.

Beyond that, the club has finally confirmed that Erik Lamela will not be back until the New Year. As always, we’re a little early with this section so check out the manager’s press conference for any further updates.

Match Odds

With the benefit of home advantage, Liverpool are an odds on bet across the board here with BetFred and SportNation among a number of bookies quoting 4/5 on the home win. The draw is the next best option at 29/10 with Unibet while victory for Spurs is on offer at 18/5 with VBet.

We can, perhaps, take encouragement from the fact that Liverpool have dropped some unexpected points in recent games – at Fulham on Sunday and against Brighton. They may have been away from home in both instances but the Reds would have been expected to breeze through those matches last season. The form guide is also identical with both teams returning two wins and three draws in their last five so we should be targeting a share of the points at least when we travel to Anfield.

Side Markets

Harry Kane Tottenham

Harry Kane

This is one of those rare matches where Harry Kane starts among the chasing pack as far as individual goalscorer bets are concerned. Many outlets have our main striker as third favourite to open the scoring with Mohamed Salah leading the way at best odds of 4/1 with Unibet and 888Sport. Sadio Mane follows at 5/1 with the same two bookmakers while Kane is slightly further back at 11/2 with SportNation and SportPesa.

Son Heung-Min and our back up striker Carlos Vinicius can both be claimed at 15/2 with 888Sport, along with Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino who is quoted at that figure with Unibet. Other picks from a Tottenham perspective include Gareth Bale at 9/1 with Betway, Lucas Moura at 13/1 with Unibet and Giovani Lo Celso at 25/1 with SportNation.

Elsewhere, Both Teams to Score is predictably short for Wednesday’s game with Betway offering 8/13. It’s a similar story in the Total Goals betting with the sportsbooks expecting an attacking game and plenty of threat from both sides. Over 2.5 goals is listed at best odds of 4/6 with GentingBet and RedZone while punters can push that to Over 3.5 and get 18/11 with VBet.

Anyone wanting to take a correct score bet with a positive outcome may want to look at a 2-2 draw which is quoted at 12/1 with BetFred. If we can return with a win, a 2-1 away victory is available at 14/1 with SportNation while the same scoreline in favour of Liverpool is quoted at 31/4 with 10Bet.

Last Season

Overall head to head results have been balanced but our most recent trip to Anfield was one to forget. On October 27, 2019, Harry Kane put us ahead in the first minute and we managed to hold on to that lead until the break. However, second half goals from Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah saw Liverpool claim all three points.

Liverpool have won each of the last five games across all competitions and we have to go back to February 2018 for our last point. A 2-2 draw at Anfield featured late penalty drama and a repeat of that scoreline would do nicely as we move on.

Verdict

tottenhamForget Sunday: While we should have put Crystal Palace away much earlier, that’s not an untypical result from Selhurst Park and the Eagles were in reasonable form. Wednesday night at Anfield offers a true test of this current side under Jose Mourinho and it will give us an indication as to whether we really can stay in title contention for the remainder of the season.

The form guide shows that there is nothing to separate the sides coming into the game and the benefit of home advantage is negligible in the current climate. As we often say, we should be hopeful, if not completely confident, of coming back to the new White Hart Lane with a point at least.

As for confirmed tips, we’ll stay away from the result and, for a more likely return at low odds, Both Teams to Score looks a good bet this time. BTTS had been strangely absent from our recent results but it seems far more plausible against a strong Liverpool side.

A high scoring draw is our hope and we’ll therefore stake Over the 3.5 line which would convert at those relatively generous odds of 18/11. Our preferred goal scorer, meanwhile, is Son Heung-Min who can be a man to watch in big games such as these. At 12/5 for a goal in 90 minutes, that’s another figure with decent value attached.

As always, this game should provide entertainment for the neutral and some nervous moments for us. It’s live on Amazon Prime if you dare as we round off with the following three suggestions.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at 8/13 with Betway
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 18/11 with VBet
  • Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes at 12/5 with 888Sport

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