Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: Tough run of Fixtures Continues
After the relief of Tuesday night, this busy Spurs squad faces another tough battle at the weekend. Liverpool are the visitors to the new White Hart Lane and, while the Reds have issues of their own, they should always pose a threat.
After a run of two straight league defeats, Tottenham have come from behind in each of their last two games. October was a mixed month but we’re still third in the table and through to the last 16 of the Champions League, so let’s see if we can go into the World Cup break on the back of more positive results.
The big worry from Tuesday’s win in France concerned Son Heung-Min. After being taken off with a head injury in the first half, it was reported that Sonny joined in the dressing room celebrations after the game.
However, the pictures told a story and Sonny wasn’t quite ‘in the room’. Sadly, worst fears have been confirmed and he has suffered a fracture around his left eye. Son, along with Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison, are doubts for the World Cup and all three will be missing on Sunday.
In the only other piece of injury news, it’s being reported that Cristian Romero may return to the matchday squad after missing the last three games with a thigh problem. There are no suspensions so Antonio Conte is set to go into the match with 3 or 4 absentees.
Despite their slow start to the season, Liverpool are favourites to take all three points and the best odds on the away win stand at 6/4 with Unibet. Victory for Spurs is next at a top price of 44/19 with Vbet while the draw is listed at a best of 54/19 and that’s with Vbet once again.
Coming into the game, Liverpool sit in ninth place in the table with 16 points. Much has been made of their recent form which includes those two straight league defeats against Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.
Of course, Tottenham haven’t exactly been the form side in the division. Losses to Manchester United and Newcastle United were followed by that comeback win over Bournemouth last time out. It’s debatable whether Liverpool should be favourites but it could certainly be as close as this market suggests.
Harry Kane, together with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, start this game as joint favourites in the first goalscorer betting with both men available at best odds of 5/1 with Unibet.
With no Son Heung-Min, Spurs have lost an obvious attacking threat, but there are other options. Lucas Moura is listed at a top price of 12/1 with Unibet, followed by Bryan Gil at 16/1, Ivan Perisic at 17/1, Ryan Sessegnon at 17/1 and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at 22/1 – all Unibet.
Away from the players, Both Teams to Score is quoted for Sunday’s 4.30pm kick off at best odds of 4/7 with BetFred. If you prefer the ‘no’ option on BTTS, this is quoted at 7/5 with Ladbrokes and Coral.
The Total Goals markets are next, and a stake Over the 2.5 line would currently be met at a top price of 4/6 with Quinnbet and VBet. If we take that one stage further to Over 3.5 goals, we can claim a best of 13/8 with Unibet.
The bookies may be expecting a high scorer but, if you think this will be a quiet 90 minutes, there are best odds of 13/10 with VBet to go Under the 2.5 line.
Last up is our regular look at some Correct Score suggestions. If you’re inclined towards a share of the points, a 2-2 final outcome may be the way to go at 11/1 with Coral and Quinnbet. Elsewhere, a 2-1 win for Spurs can be claimed at 10/1 with VBet and 888Sport while the same scoreline in favour of Liverpool is available at 8/1 with Quinnbet.
Last season’s corresponding fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was typical of some of the thrilling encounters between these two teams in recent years. It ended in a 2-2 draw after Son Heung-Min fired in the equaliser after 74 minutes.
Harry Kane had opened the scoring early in the first half but Diogo Jota and Andrew Robertson put Liverpool 2-1 ahead before Sonny’s late intervention. It all ended with Liverpool under siege after Roberton was sent off with 13 minutes to go.
Late goals and controversy, some of which was in the mind of the Liverpool manager, have accompanied this fixture recently. Another 2-2 draw would be OK against these opponents, but can Spurs take advantage of the Reds’ recent dip in form?
One of the phrases we hate to see on Twitter is Dr Tottenham. Trust us, if you see it trending, just avoid it. Basically, when a team is on a bad run of form, Spurs are there to help them get back on track.
Having said that, should we just ignore Liverpool’s recent run? Are they dangerous in any situation or are there genuine issues in this squad? I guess we’ll find out on Sunday evening.
It also shouldn’t be forgotten that Spurs were 17 minutes away from losing three Premier League games on the bounce.
On the positive side, we’ve scored five goals via five different goal scorers in the last three matches and none of them have been Harry Kane. When Spurs lose three main attackers in Son, Richarlison and Kulusevski, the supporting cast has to step up.
The midfield will need to do that again on Sunday. This may be a good time to play Liverpool, but Tottenham’s injury issues may balance things out.
We’ll avoid the result again and make two familiar bet selections – Over 3.5 goals and Both Teams to Score. It will be another nervous 90 minutes even if it might be another thriller for the neutrals.
- Over 3.5 Goals at 13/8 with Unibet
- Both Teams to Score at 4/7 with BetFred