Match Preview – Liverpool (Home)

Tottenham face Liverpool at the Lane today in an all out battle to test the strength of the two sides’ top four contention. Liverpool come off the back of a 4-1 thumping of West Ham and Tottenham seeing off Anzhi 4-1 themselves in midweek.

Liverpool beat Tottenham for the first time in six matches when they last met in March. The Reds have lost on their last six visits to White Hart Lane. Four of those defeats have been by a 2-1 scoreline. Liverpool have scored four own goals at White Hart Lane, the joint-highest figure of any team at a particular ground in Premier League history (along with Southampton at St James’ Park and West Ham at Anfield).

Tottenham have 27 points after 15 games, a tally they have only bettered once before in the Premier League (in the 2011-12 season). They are one of only three clubs, along with Swansea and Aston Villa, to have won more league games away than at home this season. Spurs have won just one of their last five league matches at White Hart Lane. They have scored seven goals in seven matches at home this season – only Aston Villa have scored fewer. Spurs and Newcastle are the only two teams yet to score more than twice in a league game this season.

They are 11 points and 15 goals better off than at the same stage of last season.
However, they have managed just one clean sheet in their last 12 league matches.
The Reds have scored 14 goals from set pieces this season, more than any other team in the Premier League. The injured Steven Gerrard has provided six goal assists this season, the joint highest amount in the top flight with Mesut Özil.
Luis Suarez has scored 12 times in his last seven league appearances.

Injury wise, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be without captain Steven Gerrard after the midfielder was ruled out for over a month with a hamstring injury. However, Rodgers could be able to call on the services of Daniel Agger after his recovery from illness, with Jordan Henderson likely to feature in midfield after an ankle problem. For Tottenham, AVB may be able to welcome Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen back into the lineup after they both featured in Thursdays win, however Jan Vertonghen continues to sit out through injury.

The game should be tough for Spurs. The obvious threat of Suarez must be contained and the missing Gerrard should be a huge bonus for AVB. In recent years, Liverpool haven’t been too lucky at The Lane, especially last year when they were in fine form leading up to the game but only had Gareth Bale’s own goal to show from an attacking standpoint. There’s something potentially about the stadium or the confidence of our back four at home, that makes the Scousers nervous. I expect Tottenham to nick it, especially if they play like they did against United.

Predicted Lineup: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose, Sandro, Paulinho, Lennon, Holtby, Townsend, Soldado. (4-2-3-1)

Predicted Score: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool



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