Sunday 22nd October. 4PM. Sky Sports
A fascinating weekend of Premier League action saves the best for last as Tottenham welcome Liverpool to Wembley as two top four rivals do battle in what could be a crucial clash for their respective campaigns.
Both teams have produced scintillating football at times, and fans will be hoping for a far more entertaining affair than last weekends headline between Liverpool and Manchester United. It certainly won’t be as dour as that one. But if the rivals bring their best, it could be one of the games of the season.
Bring it on!
Wembley Woes Over For Spurs?
A home win over Bournemouth couldn’t have come at a better time for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who will now be hoping that the Wembley curse has been lifted as they look to keep the pressure up on the two Manchester clubs. A big result against Liverpool would fire a warning shot, and Spurs have every reason for confidence.
Tuesdays’ hard fought draw at Real Madrid underlined Tottenham’s intentions of becoming a serious team on the continent as well as on the domestic scene. They showed discipline and versatility while the threat of Harry Kane will always give them a chance of goals. With Dele Alli back from suspension, the hosts will look to capitalise on a poor Liverpool backline.
Meanwhile, the return of Danny Rose and Serge Aurier strengthens their backline heading into this huge test. The absence of Erik Lamela is still an issue, but Pochettino will fancy his side’s chances of coping.
Performances at Wembley haven’t been bad, and last weekend’s win will have worked wonders on a mental level. A fourth league win on the spin would show that they are ready to challenge once more.
Pressure On For Klopp’s Liverpool
Liverpool may have registered a Champions League record with a huge 7-0 win over Maribor, but that cannot paper over the cracks. Despite playing some truly incredible football at times, they enter the weekend down in eighth and cannot afford to lose further ground. If they do, even a top four finish could start to look difficult.
On a brighter note, Klopp has masterminded some brilliant results against the top teams in the league while the Reds also boast a very strong head-to-head dominance in recent years. With Philippe Coutinho and Mo Salah in particularly inspirational form, they can cause problems for the hosts at Wembley.
The Merseysiders are still missing Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, as well as Nathaniel Clyne. However, back-to-back clean sheets will provide a much needed confidence boost at the back while their pressing style and ability to make use of the big pitch could give the visitors a fantastic opportunity to pick up from where they left off on Tuesday.
With the stage set, let’s just hope these two sides will deliver. A repeat of the Liverpool-United game would bring us to tears.
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Betting
Tottenham enter this home clash at Wembley as the 5/4 favourites with Ladbrokes while Liverpool are priced 12/5 to leave the capital with a vital three points. Alternatively, the draw can be backed at 5/2.
It’s hard to see either of these sides taking the Jose Mourinho approach, and we’re expecting to se plenty of excitement. Even if recent head-to-head matches haven’t been littered with goals, we think there’s every chance that this one will bring opportunities at both ends.
While the chances of it being the highest scoring game of the weekend are slim. We think both teams can score, with at least one bagging a second.
Almost everything Spurs do in an attacking sense will involve Kane, and the striker certainly isn’t afraid of taking a shot. While there’s every chance that he will score, we think there’s an equally good chance that he’ll hit the woodwork at some stage.
At 9/2, compared with 5/6 for a goal, we’re backing him to make the post rattle.