Match Preview – Liverpool (H)

Tottenham return from the Europa League victory to face their toughest opponents so far this season, Liverpool. After a less than satisfactory double against the Merseyside team last season, Mauricio Pochettino and his men will be hoping to correct the misfortunes of his predecessors.

Stats (via BBC Sport)

The Reds won both league fixtures against Spurs last term, scoring nine unanswered goals. Their 5-0 win at White Hart Lane on 12 December 2013 is their biggest away to Tottenham. It was also Spurs’ heaviest home defeat since a 6-1 loss to Chelsea in December 1997. Prior to last season, Spurs had won six successive home games against the Reds in all competitions.

Spurs have won their last five Premier League home games, scoring a total of 18 goals. Nacer Chadli’s second goal against QPR followed a build-up of 48 passes – twice as long as any Premier League goal scored in 2013-14. The last time Spurs began a season with three successive league wins was in 2009-10, when they won their opening four matches. They ended that campaign fourth, qualifying for the Champions League. Eric Dier is the first defender to score in each of his first two Premier League appearances. So far he he has two goals from two shots attempted.

The Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight Premier League games. Liverpool have scored in their last 15 away matches in the Premier League. If they extend that sequence to 16 it will equal their club record in the top flight (set in May 1987). The Reds’ defeat at Manchester City was their first loss away from home in the Premier League in 2014 (W7, D2). This is Brendan Rodgers’s 100th match in charge of Liverpool in all competitions.

Team news

Tottenham are without Kyle Walker for yet another week, as the England defender continues to recover from a pelvis injury. Roberto Soldado will face a late fitness test to make the game. Mauricio Pochettino will decide whether new signing Federico Fazio is prepared for the matchday squad.

Liverpool’s injury list is far more severe. Assaidi, Flanagan and Borini are all out of the game, with Moreno (ankle), Skrtel (unspecified), Johnson (thigh) and Enrique (knee) all facing late fitness tests. Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana are expected to make their Premier League debuts for the club.

Predictions

Starting XI: Lloris; Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen Rose; Chadli, Bentaleb, Capoue, Lamela, Eriksen; Adebayor (4-2-3-1)

Score: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Liverpool

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