Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

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Sunday, October 27, 2019


Anfield

Punter's Pick

Roberto Firmino haunted Spurs in this fixture last season, popping up with goals both home and away, and is good value at 5/1 with Bet365 to open the scoring. Liverpool have been struggling to keep clean sheets despite racking up the wins, so the hosts to win but both teams to score at 7/4 looks highly attractive, again with Bet365.

Champions league holders and Premier League leaders Liverpool face off against Spurs in a rerun of June’s final in Madrid, in what will prove to be another intriguing battle of styles and personalities.

Contrasting fortunes since Champions League final

The two sides have been on divergent paths since the showpiece final back in June, with one side going from strength to strength and the other side fading away badly. Any talks of a winner’s hangover have been quashed by Liverpool’s superb start to the Premier League season, with their winning run only halted last weekend by a 1-1 draw away at bitter rivals at Manchester United. That result still leaves them with a healthy six point lead over second placed Manchester City, such has been their blistering start to the season.

In contrast, Spurs’ start to the season has been stuttering and their side showing signs of coming to the end of a cycle. A record of three wins, three draws and three defeats is not what they would have had in mind as they looked to put behind them that disappointing night in Madrid. Talks of in-fighting, strange quotes and body language from manager Mauricio Pochettino and a worrying lack of form from several key players suggest Spurs will be in for a real battle to try and secure another top four league spot.

Spurs to look to Manchester United template?

Last weekend saw Liverpool drop points for the first time this season, with Manchester United utilizing a 3-5-2 to frustrate the league leaders for long periods and limit their goalscoring chances to a minimum. Key to their success was stopping marauding full backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander Arnold getting into advanced positions to deliver their deadly crosses, with both fullbacks frequently forced to cross from deep positions, giving United’s back three relatively easy aerial duals.

Spurs also deployed a 3-5-2 formation in their 5-0 demolition job of Red Star Belgrade in midweek, and may look to retain a similar shape for the trip to Anfield. They will surely look to do something different compared to last season’s encounters, as their regular 4-3-3 formation was picked off three times last campaign by the Reds, with the Champions League 2-0 success also supplemented by 2-1 victories home and away.

Team News

Both sides came through midweek Champions League matches unscathed, so the decision will be around which personnel to retain after both managers made changes to their sides from their last Premier League fixtures. Jurgen Klopp in particular will have to decide what midfield combination to go for, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana both making goalscoring contributions in their most recent outings. The tried and trusted midfield trio of Fabinho, Gigi Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson looked laboured at times against Manchester United, and the German may be tempted to change things up this time out.

Reds to expose visitor’s shortcomings?

Despite a midweek 5-0 win over perennial (away from home) whipping boys Red Star Belgrade, Spurs have looked seriously laboured in the league so far this season and may find a trip to Anfield even more daunting as usual. The Reds have rarely hit top form this season, but still keep finding ways to win matches despite not appearing to be at their best. However with Spurs’ leaky defence on offer, this is a fixture where they may go through the gears and exploit the visitors’ ponderous back line, and their ability to play out from the back will be severely tested against the host side’s intense pressing style. If Virgil Van Dijk also continues his superb marshalling of Harry Kane as per their clashes for both club and country last season, it could be another grim day for the Lillywhites.

Punter's Pick

Roberto Firmino haunted Spurs in this fixture last season, popping up with goals both home and away, and is good value at 5/1 with Bet365 to open the scoring. Liverpool have been struggling to keep clean sheets despite racking up the wins, so the hosts to win but both teams to score at 7/4 looks highly attractive, again with Bet365.

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