Liverpool v Spurs: Damage Limitation or Points in Prospect?
When a team is looking to come out of a bad run, this is the worst possible fixture you could wish for. Liverpool are unbeaten in the league and, up until last week’s draw with Manchester United, had started the 2019/20 campaign with a perfect record of eight wins from eight.
As for Spurs, our last two matches in the EPL have produced a 3-0 defeat at Brighton followed by a 1-1 home draw against bottom of the table Watford. At least we have the comfort of the 5-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade in midweek but can that result inspire any confidence as we travel to Anfield on Sunday?
Giovani Lo Celso appeared from the bench against Red Star and the Argentinian will give Mauricio Pochettino another starting option from midfield. Fellow summer signing Ryan Sessegnon is now expected to be available for next week’s game with Everton and that leaves Hugo Lloris as the only long term absentee.
Confirmed team news from the club is yet to arrive but with the exception of Lloris and Sessegnon, Mauricio should have a full squad to choose from.
There are no surprises in the result betting with Liverpool the hot favourites to claim all three points at 8/15 with most bookies including Betway and SportNation. The draw is the next option on the list at best odds of 18/5 with 888Sport while a win for Spurs can be picked up at a top price of 11/2 with Unibet and William Hill.
Few punters will be backing anything other than a Liverpool win with any great enthusiasm but our recent record against this side isn’t that bad as we’ll see when we reach the head to head stats. Tottenham also claimed that 2-2 draw away to Manchester City early in the season so we can travel to Merseyside in hope rather than expectation.
Other Side Bets
This is one of those rare games where Harry Kane will be moved down the individual goalscorer betting. In fact, four Liverpool players sneak ahead of Harry in the first goalscorer market with Mo Salah starting as favourite at best odds of 4/1 with Unibet and 888Sport. Sadio Mane is next at a top price of 22/5 while Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino follow at the same best of 5/1 and once again, all of those numbers are with Unibet and 888Sport.
Finally we come to Kane at best odds of 13/2 with Unibet and 888Sport again and he’s followed by Xherdan Shaqiri at a top price of 7/1 with the same two bookmakers. It’s hardly a ringing endorsement to see the market quoting Liverpool reserves and recently injured players ahead of most of our squad but there are some additional Spurs names you can try.
Son Heung-Min was on target in midweek and can be claimed at 21/2 while Lucas Moura is quoted at 11/1. As before, those figures are with Unibet and 888Sport who are dominating the first goalscorer betting.
While we’re not hopeful about this match, we’re not in the business of tipping opposition players so we’ll look to Son to get on the scoresheet. Sonny needs to be starting in this shaky side but with the possibility of the South Korean coming off the bench, we’ll back him for an anytime goal at the top industry price of 17/5 with Unibet.
On to our regular side bets and Both Teams to Score is on offer this time at best odds of 11/17 with SportNation and RedZone. That’s just too short and while this current Spurs side has a decent record at Anfield in front of goal, our current form means we’ll pass on BTTS for Sunday.
The Over 2.5 goal line is equally dull at a top price of 5/9 with SportNation and RedZone once again. Over 3.5 does head above Even Money however and that drops in at 13/10 with Unibet and 888Sport.
Finally, anyone looking for an option in the Correct Score market could go with form and take a 2-1 scoreline in favour of Liverpool at 33/4 with BetHard. Meanwhile, the same outcome in favour of Spurs is available at 75/4 with BetHard once again.
The problem with covering a dangerman at times is that most of these are pretty obvious. Mo Salah is considered the main threat for Liverpool and while Sadio Mane has outscored his teammate in the league, Salah has provided greater all-round contributions.
Mane has five EPL goals and one assist while Salah has four goals and three assists. Either way, the Reds are a potent force up front and it will be a tough test for Paulo Gazzaniga and our back line.
Head to Head
This is one fixture where we haven’t enjoyed the upper hand through history. Those of us with memories that stretch back to the 1970s and 1980s will remember a long, barren run at Anfield lasting over 70 years that ended thanks to Garth Crooks in 1985. Overall, from 173 matches, Liverpool have won 83, we have claimed victory in 48 and there have been 42 draws.
Tottenham’s recent record is more encouraging and we can all recall that 4-1 thrashing at Wembley in October 2017. However, we have lost the last three in all competitions so we need to address the trends if we are to get anything from this contest.
Wednesday’s midweek win over Red Star was certainly more encouraging but Liverpool away will be a completely different prospect. Since the start of the season, we’ve avoided tipping a Spurs win for fear of jinxing the side but our avoidance this time is for entirely different reasons.
We should have hope at least and a point on the road at the Etihad shows we can still mix it with the top two sides. We have to be at our best so let’s just carry that hope forwards and see what happens.
As for confirmed tips, we’ll just leave you with Sonny to score anytime and over 3.5 goals so try to enjoy it and let’s regroup on Monday for our next debrief.
- Son Heung-Min to score any time at 17/5 with Unibet
- Over 3.5 Goals at 13/10 with 888Sport