Spurs Face Liverpool In Crucial Thursday Night Premier League Game
It is always a big game when Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool clash. Thursday night’s Premier League games is just such an occasion and has the added spice of being a game that both teams will feel that they must win in order to stay in touch with the teams at the top of the table.
With Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester City now opening up a little bit of a gap between themselves and the other teams chasing, fourth placed Liverpool and fifth placed Spurs know that they cannot afford for that gap to grow any further, even at just the mid-way point of the season.
Further anticipation for this fixture comes in the form of the somewhat spiky relationship between the two managers. Jose Mourinho memorably stated that “the best team lost” when Liverpool defeated Spurs at Anfield back in December, thanks to Roberto Firmino’s late winner. He now gets chance to prove that on Thursday night.
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So why is Thursday night’s game so important? A quick look at the current Premier League table (as of Tuesday 26th January) makes that very clear.
Premier League Table (Top 7)
With Liverpool in fourth and Spurs in fifth, the Reds are already four points adrift of Leicester and Manchester City and six behind Manchester United. City also have a game in hand on the Reds.
Spurs are fifth but have a game in hand on Liverpool and are just one point behind. A win tonight would move them above the Reds in the table and leave them within striking distance of all of the top four.
For Liverpool, a win would move them back on the coat-tails of the top four and create a gap of four points between them and Spurs. However, a defeat would drop them down to fifth and mean that Everton and Aston Villa would have three games in hand on them, with West Ham also having a game in hand. If results did not go their way in those games, the Reds could see themselves drop to an unheard of 8th place in the table.
They would also be a potential 9 points behind Man Utd at the top of the table, if United win their game in hand (which they will have played the day before against Sheffield United).
Tottenham Hotspurs Recent Form and Predicted Starting XI
Tottenham have bounced back from a poor December where they picked up just two points from 12 available and have won five of their last six games in all competitions. The only blemish on that record was a 1-1 home draw with Fulham.
That poor run in December saw Spurs drop from top of the table down to fifth, a bit like Liverpool have done now. However, since then, they have regrouped and started to put together a good run of form.
Jose Mourinho has rotated his team wisely in their cup games and they have clinched a place at Wembley in the Carabao Cup Final in that period, as well as moving into the Fifth Round of the FA Cup with a 4-1 win over Wycombe on Monday night.
It will be interesting to see how Spurs line up for this game. Mourinho could play a back five with wing backs, but I think he will revert to a back four here, with an extra man in midfield giving Son and Kane in particular greater license to attack the suspect Reds defence.
- Tottenham – (4-2-3-1) – Lloris, Aurier, Reguilon, Dier, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Son, Kane
Liverpool Recent Form and Predicted Starting XI
After beating Spurs 2-1 at Anfield and then Crystal Palace 7-0 away from home, Liverpool sat top of the Premier League table and looked likely to extend their lead with a favourable run of games to come over the Christmas period.
However, it didn’t turn out that way. A draw at home to West Brom has been the prelude to a stunning loss of form, with the Reds losing three of their last five games and their only win in that period coming against an Aston Villa youth team that was forced to play their FA Cup Third Round fixture.
In the Premier League Liverpool have just three points from the last 15 available. They have lost their 68-game unbeaten home record last week, losing 1-0 at home to Burnley and were eliminated 3-2 from the FA Cup at the weekend by arch-rivals and table-toppers Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp should have Joel Matip back for this game in defence and he will be much needed after youngster Rhys Williams was found out at Old Trafford. However, the real issues come in attack where the Reds much vaunted strike force has been drawing blanks of late. However, injuries to the likes of Jota mean that Klopp will likely to revert to his familiar front three despite their lack of form.
- Liverpool – (4-3-3) – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Matip, Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Tottenham v Liverpool Betting Tips
Recent history is not kind to Spurs in this fixture. They have won just one of the last 18 fixtures between the teams (Liverpool have won 13 of those games). However that was a fine 4-1 win back in October 2017.
Liverpool have won all of the last six between the two teams, four of those by a 2-1 victory. They also have a Champions League Final victory win over Spurs by a 2-0 scoreline as part of that run of wins.
However, it is hard to make a case for the Reds to win this game and make it seven in a row. Of the two teams, Spurs are at home and they are in much better form than Liverpool. They also have far fewer injuries to key players and their star men are relatively in form.
You also know Jose Mourinho will be eager to drive another nail into Liverpool’s coffin with a huge statement win here.
Contrast that with the Reds who have lost three of their last five, have three strikers out of sorts and are playing with at least one, and possibly even two makeshift centre backs against what is one of the most potent strike forces in the Premier League. They also have their captain and driving force out injured and unlikely to play, as well as their most in form striker.
So while the history of this game suggests a Liverpool win and the Reds are the surprise 6/5 favourites to win this game with bet365, I still feel Tottenham at 11/5 are the best bet for the Full Time Result market.
If you want a Correct Score bet then the most common result by far between these two teams over the last few years has been a 2-1 victory. They have all gone the way of Liverpool over that time, but it is fixture which generally sees both teams score and as such, I think 2-1 to Spurs, which is 11/1 with bet365 is the smart bet here.
Finally, the anytime goalscorer bet is always an interesting one in this game and Harry Kane is my pick here at 10/11. The England skipper has a good scoring record against Liverpool over the years and he is certainly due a goal.