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Tottenham vs Liverpool - Match Preview

21 Oct 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur

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Kick-off
15:00 GMT
22 October 2017

Liverpool FC

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Kick-off
15:00 GMT 22 October 2017

As we make our way towards the busy winter schedule of the Premier League, it is as interesting as ever at the top and at the bottom. The two Manchester sides are streaking ahead in the title race and two of the teams who will be looking to challenge them face off in the pick of the fixtures in matchweek nine. Liverpool make the trip to North London to face Tottenham at Wembley hoping to move up the table, they are currently eighth. The hosts are third and will go level on points with Manchester United with a win.

STATS

  • The home form of Tottenham is something that has seen them go from strength-to-strength in the last few seasons but they have struggled to replicate this so far at Wembley. They have won five and drawn two of their opening eight games, despite winning all four of their away games. They picked up their first Premier League home victory of the season against Bournemouth in their last league match.
  • Liverpool have had a very mixed start to the campaign and with four draws and one loss so far, they have struggled to take chances in some of the easier games. Their defence has let them down on too many occasions and they will have to be on top of their game to contain Harry Kane. This wasn’t an issue against Man United in their last match as they drew 0-0.
  • Tottenham have arguably the best ‘number 9’ in world football in their squad and with six goals, Harry Kane is Spurs’ leading scorer. He will be hoping to overtake Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku as the top flight’s top scorer.
  • Liverpool’s attack has been devastating so far this term and Mohamed Salah has been pivotal to this with four goals. Sadio Mane has also been great with three goals and the Player of the Month award for August.

HEAD TO HEAD

Liverpool have dominated the meetings between these two sides in recent years and are unbeaten in the last four seasons against Spurs. The last time Tottenham beat the Reds was back in 2012 as Gareth Bale scored the winner. The two teams last played each other in February where a Mane brace was enough to secure the three points.

TOTTENHAM NEWS

Another Wembley win would put Spurs in a very good position in the league and would see them take a place as one of the main title challengers. However, they are without Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama in the midfield, two players who have been very strong in their good start to the campaign.

Latest matches: Tottenham Hotspur

17.10.2017 UEFA Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur 1:1 D
14.10.2017 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Bournemouth AFC 1:0 W
30.09.2017 Prem Huddersfield Town Tottenham Hotspur 0:4 W
26.09.2017 UEFA Apoel Nicosia FC Tottenham Hotspur 0:3 W
23.09.2017 Prem West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur 2:3 W

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Liverpool must avoid defeat if they want to sustain a title push but without the attacking presence of Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, it won’t be easy. The 7-0 Champions League win over Maribor in the week will give them confidence heading into the clash.

Latest matches: Liverpool FC

17.10.2017 UEFA NK Maribor Liverpool FC 0:7 W
14.10.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Manchester United 0:0 D
01.10.2017 Prem Newcastle United Liverpool FC 1:1 D
26.09.2017 UEFA FC Spartak Moscow Liverpool FC 1:1 D
23.09.2017 Prem Leicester City Liverpool FC 2:3 W

SUMMARY

With two strong Premier League sides coming face-to-face in this fixture, it is tough to call. Usually, home advantage will work in the favour of a side but the Wembley hoodoo that has largely evaded Tottenham may go against them. They are still slight favourites for all three points due to Liverpool’s defensive frailties. Although, the Reds certainly shouldn’t be ruled out.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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