Saturday 2nd April. 5:30PM. Sky Sports 1
After a fascinating international break, Premier League football is back for what should be an intense last few weeks of the campaign. Not least for rivals Liverpool and Tottenham, who kickstart the run-in with this mouth-watering contest at Anfield.
While Jurgen Klopp bids to see his side qualify for next season’s Champions League, Spurs have far greater aspirations and could yet seal their first league title since 1961. Whatever happens, this is a huge clash for both clubs and might go a long way to directing their respective seasons.
We wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.
Can Liverpool Resurrect Top 4 Challenge?
Klopp’s Merseysiders might be sitting ninth in the table, but they have at least once game in hand on every team above them heading into this weekend’s fixtures and could fire a huge warning shot to their rivals by beating an in-form Tottenham here.
Strangely, the hosts haven’t played a league game at Anfield in a month. If they are going to seal Champions League qualification, they will need to improve their home form as five wins from 13 just isn’t good enough. Draws need to be converted to wins, but the 3-0 win over Manchester City in their last home game shows they are more than capable.
Klopp will also be thrilled to have the majority of his stars back in action. Lucas Leiva, Danny Ings and a few others are still on the physio table, but Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are back to full fitness and ready to help Roberto Firmino and co stake their claim for a big finish.
Anfield will be electric in this crucial showdown, and the 12th man could make all the difference. Whatever happens, it should be a cracking contest.
Spurs Aiming To Pile On The Pressure
Mauricio Pochettino’s men would have liked an easier first match following the international break, but know that this is fantastic chance to put pressure on Leicester, particularly as the league leaders don’t play until Sunday.
The visitors will be confident too as they enter this clash having picked up 25 points from the last possible 30. Meanwhile, the 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane earlier in the season, which was Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool, will also give Spurs renewed belief following poor results in recent seasons.
Tottenham are without a few players but the star names are all fit and in great spirit following their productive international breaks. If those players perform as they have in recent weeks, then there’s no reason that they can’t cut Leicester’s gap to two.
Both teams have a huge incentive to win this one. Expect fireworks.
Liverpool V Tottenham Hotspur Betting
The reason that Saturday’s showdown is such an exciting prospect is the fact it’s extremely difficult to call. As far as Bet365 are concerned, home advantage is enough to make Liverpool the slight favourites at 6/4 while Tottenham are available at 9/5. The draw wouldn’t do favours to anyone, but can be backed at 9/4.
Both teams have been fantastic in attack recently while, this season’s reverse clash aside, recent head-to-head encounters have been dominated by goals too.
We think this will be the case again on Saturday with both teams finding the target. However, a 1-1 wouldn’t suit either side and we think at least one team will grab a second. We’re backing over 2.5 match goals with both teams scoring in the process.
Spurs will undoubtedly be looking to Harry Kane as their main source of goals, but Liverpool have a few extra options in the form of Sturridge and Coutinho. However, right now, Firmino looks the most likely scorer of all.
The Brazilian has been sensational since Christmas. If Klopp’s men can get their season back on track, there’s every chance that their No.11 will be the catalyst.