Match Preview – Liverpool (A)

Tottenham travel to Liverpool on Tuesday night on the back of their dramatic North London Derby defeat of Arsenal. Looking to extend their current impressive run, and sitting just two points from third place, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that his fully fit squad can change recent poor form at Anfield.

Last time out, the Reds completed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Spurs at White Hart Lane, a game that saw Mario Balotelli make his Liverpool debut, as well as Brendan Rodgers enjoying his 100th match as manager. Tottenham suffered their first defeat under Mauricio Pochettino on the day, and felt aggrieved at some decisions made by officials, although ultimately Spurs were their own worse enemies – a sight that is very familiar to the North London faithful.

Venue: Anfield

Kick-Off: 8.00pm

Television Coverage: BT Sport

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Liverpool are looking for their fifth consecutive win over Tottenham, having lost just one of their last 20 Premier League home matches against Spurs (W13, D6, L1). The Reds have scored 12 goals without reply in their last three meetings with Spurs. Matches between Liverpool and Tottenham have produced nine own goals, the most in Premier League history, with three of them being scored by Jamie Carragher.

Spurs have won three of their last four away league matches. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won 12 points from goals scored in the final five minutes of Premier League games this season, twice as many as any other side. They have only won one of their last eight Premier League away matches on a Tuesday (D1, L6). In the North London derby against Arsenal, Harry Kane scored his 22nd goal of the season in all competitions – more than any other Premier League player. He now has 11 goals in his last 14 Tottenham appearances and is the Premier League’s top scorer in 2015 with seven goals. Christian Eriksen and Eden Hazard are the joint-leading Premier League midfield scorers this season with nine goals each.

Opposition focus

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six league games at Anfield (W3, D3), and are the only unbeaten team in the top flight in 2015. But the Reds have won only four of their last 11 Premier League home matches (W4, D5, L2). They have lost only one of their last 14 Premier League home matches on a Tuesday (W9, D4) – a 1-0 defeat to Fulham in 2012. Steven Gerrard has scored five goals in his last three league appearances on a Tuesday, scoring in each match. Against Everton, Brendan Rodgers won his 184th point in what was his 100th Premier League game in charge of Liverpool. The only Liverpool manager to have won more points in his opening 100 Premier League games in charge of the club was Rafa Benitez with 186.

Team News

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has a fully fit squad ahead of the trip to Anfield.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Dier, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Dembélé, Kane

Score – Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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[Image via Sky Sports Football]

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