After a sad end to an exciting title race in the Premier League last season, Mauricio Pochettino has gone into the new season as a stronger outfit and has picked up 4 points from his first two games of the campaign. He will face an inconsistent Jurgen Klopp side who thrashed their high from a 4-3 victory over Arsenal with a 2-0 loss against Burnely last weekend. This game is arguably the game of the week this weekend and is expected to produce some thrilling encounters as it has done over the years. Here is the preview of the game along with the team news, predictions, expected lineups and betting odds:
The Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool game will be played on Saturday, the 27th of August at the White Hart Lane in London. The kickoff is scheduled at 12:30 pm BST (5:00 pm IST).
Pochettino will be happy to welcome back Dele Alli who will take Janssen’s place in the squad from the last weekend but will miss the services of the first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who is out with a hamstring injury. Mousa Dembele is still out of contention serving a suspension and this aside, the manager has a fairly fit squad to choose from for this game.
Jurgen Klopp on the other hand has some injury issues that are slowly clearing up. The likes of Sakho and Karius are still out of action while Phillipe Coutinho, the little magician is doubtful for this game after missing the League Cup game at the midweek. Emre Can and Divock Origi picked up knocks in that game and may not be risked this weekend. However, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip are expected to start the game for the Reds.
Vorm; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dier; Lamela, Alli, Eriksen; Kane
Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Sturridge, Firmino, Mane
Sadio Mane vs Danny Rose:
It is clear that Sadio Mane is Liveprool’s wild card this season. He was just unstoppable in the League Cup game and will be raring to go at the Premier League having missed out the on the previous game against Burnely. However, he will be up against a disciplined and experienced Danny Rose who will not make it easy for him to run through the defense. This battle can easily decide the outcome of the game.
Tottenham Hotspur are without a win in their last seven Premier League meetings with Liverpool, losing five and drawing the last two.
Liverpool have bagged 19 goals in their seven game unbeaten run against Tottenham, an average of 2.7 per game.
Liverpool are unbeaten in three league visits to White Hart Lane (W2 D1), scoring eight goals and conceding none.
This fixture has seen 136 goals scored in Premier League history, only three fixtures have seen more: Newcastle v Tottenham (138), Liverpool v Newcastle (138) and Tottenham v Arsenal (137).
There have been more own goals scored in Premier League matches between Tottenham and Liverpool than any other fixture (9).
Liverpool (31 games) and Spurs (26 games) have gone longer without a 0-0 draw in the Premier League than any other clubs currently in the competition.
Liverpool have scored the most Premier League goals in 2016 so far (45), but they have also conceded 33 (the sixth most).
Harry Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in the month of August, despite playing nine games and 545 minutes on the pitch in this month.
Simon Mignolet has conceded the last five shots that he has faced on target in the Premier League since saving the penalty from Theo Walcott against Arsenal on MD1.
Liverpool are the first team to play their opening three top-flight league games away from home since Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers in 1997-98.
Overall, there have been 12 previous cases of a team playing their first three league games away from home in the top-flight (Accrington & Burnley in 1888-89 had their first four away) and just four of these have been in the post-war era.
Tottenham Hotspur: 6/4
Liverpool have at times looked deadly in front of goal but have found consistency hard to maintain as they have not been able to back their big victories against teams from the bottom half of the table. However, with Spurs now against them, the Reds might be charged and might produce a brilliant performance to stun the home side on the night. But Pochettino will know how to handle the heat from the Reds and will try to get the better of them. On paper, a day before the game, both teams look inseparable.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Liverpool