Tottenham face potentially their most difficult test of the season as they travel to Anfield to face the in-form, Liverpool. Spurs overcame Southampton last week to give a glimmer of hope in a potential Champions League push however with such a difficult game ahead, is the season now concentrated on Europa League qualification?
Tottenham have only won six of their 70 league games at Anfield (D20, L44).
Spurs have only won two of the 21 Premier League clashes at Liverpool (W13, D6, L2). Liverpool’s 5-0 win in the corresponding fixture was their biggest ever win at White Hart Lane and Andre Villas Boas’ final game in charge of Tottenham.
The last two meetings between these sides have featured 10 goals.
Liverpool have won their last seven league games in a row – their best run since they enjoyed nine consecutive victories in 2005-06. They have only lost one home game this season in all competitions (W14, L1, D1). The Reds have only failed to score in two league games this season. The last time they failed to score in a league match was 30 November against Arsenal. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are the third pair to score 20 or more goals each in a single Premier League season, joining Andrew Cole/Peter Beardsley in 1993-94 and Didier Drogba/Frank Lampard in 2009-10. Suarez and Sturridge have scored eight more goals (48) than Tottenham (40) in the Premier League this season. Liverpool have now scored before half-time in a record 21 consecutive Premier League games.
Only Manchester United (30) have won more points on their travels than Tottenham (29) this season. However, Spurs have lost their last two away league games without scoring a goal. They haven’t lost three in a row since January 2009. Stoke (36) and Newcastle (38) are the only top-half sides to have scored fewer league goals than Tottenham this season (40). Tottenham and Manchester United are the only teams yet to lose a game from a winning position this season.
Injury wise, Erik Lamela (back), Vlad Chiriches (match fitness), Etienne Capoue (ankle) & Kyle Walker (pelvis) are out of the game. Emmanuel Adebayor is labeled as a doubt for the game with Liverpool, but Sherwood is hopeful he will make the squad. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to make any changes to the team that beat Sunderland on Wednesday evening.
Predicted team: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Sandro, Dembélé, Lennon, Chadli, Eriksen; Soldado. (4-4-1-1)
Predicted score: Liverpool 3-0 Tottenham