Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool – Betting Tips & Predictions – 11/01

Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021


 

Tottenham celebrate the tenth Premier League game of the Jose Mourinho era by welcoming runaway leaders Liverpool to North London, in a game which looks from the outside like a sure win for the visitors. The Saturday evening kick-off offers the hosts a chance to break a winless league run of two games which has seen them draw with Norwich and then lose to Southampton. Last weekend’s FA Cup bow, meanwhile, saw Spurs needing a Lucas Moura equaliser to avoid losing at Middlesbrough.

If the hosts are floundering, the visitors are veritably flourishing. A weakened Reds side was still too strong for local rivals Everton in the Cup last weekend, and Jurgen Klopp’s men have won 11 of their last 12 games. The one they didn’t win came at Aston Villa, where World Club Cup duties meant that not a single first-teamer was present as Liverpool lost 5-0. Even Klopp himself was in Qatar, where his first-choice players lifted yet more silverware for a trophy cabinet that is starting to bulge at the seams.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool

Five wins from nine games may, on the face of it, be an improvement on the admittedly poor three from 12 that Spurs had achieved before the arrival of Mourinho. However, a look at the opposition that the London side have faced in those games makes the achievement look less brilliant – only in winning at Wolves have they beaten any opposition that a club with their gifts shouldn’t be brushing aside easily. There is, simply, no reason to assume that they’ll have enough here to upset a Liverpool side that hasn’t lost in 37 league outings.

Our recommended tip: Son & Mane Score

Spurs were in the midst of a dodgy run at much the same stage of last season, and it ended at the most surprising juncture – when Harry Kane sustained a ligament injury that ruled him out for several weeks. Into the breach stepped the irrepressible Son Heung-min, whose work rate and prolific scoring saw his side win every game in Kane’s absence. Fast forward a year, and a knee injury has put the captain on the sideline until April. You’d fancy Son to get among the goals again, and William Hill have enhanced the odds to 7/1 here that the South Korean will be joined on the scoresheet by Sadio Mane; a reasonable assumption to make.

Previous matches

If the recent meetings between these sides in the Premier League are to be any guide, then this match is finishing 2-1 to Liverpool. That’s been the score in the last three meetings, including at Anfield earlier this season. Kane gave the visitors the lead, heading in the rebound after a Son shot struck the crossbar, and it was a lead they held for the rest of the half. In the second period, however, Liverpool found their feet and equalised through Jordan Henderson. With fifteen minutes left, the hosts were piling on the pressure, and the inevitable happened: Serge Aurier made a stupid tackle that gave away a penalty. Mo Salah stepped up and fired home to complete a comeback win.

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Players to watch: Son Heung-min & Georginio Wijnaldum

Spurs currently find themselves in sixth place in the Premier League – miraculously within reach of a Champions League spot despite a very shoddy season so far. If they are still to be in with a chance of finishing in the top four by the time Kane has returned, they’ll need Son to be at his best – and it’s often in the big games that he thrives. He could do with taking his goalscoring form from 2019 into the New Year, but leaving behind a surprising new habit he picked up – the winger was sent off three times in the calendar year, an achievement last managed by Lee Cattermole.

Jurgen Klopp’s system has become second nature to the players under his tutelage at Anfield, so much so that it seems to function whoever is in the XI. It will undergo a searching examination here, however, due to the absence of two of the key midfield cogs; the injured Fabinho and Naby Keita. The third of the first-choice collective, Gini Wijnaldum, will be all the more important to Liverpool’s chances here – his exceptional positional sense and smart use of the ball play a huge part in the team’s pressing game.

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