Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool
Saturday 17th October. 12:45PM. BT Sport 1
After a stunning international break, our attentions turn back to domestic matters, and this week’s Premier League begins with an absolutely mouth-watering clash at White Hart Lane.
If the battle for getting their respective Champions League ambitions back on track wasn’t enough to make this clash between Spurs and Liverpool exciting enough, we’ve also got the arrival of a new manager to keep us entertained.
Judging by recent head-to-head encounters, this should be a thriller. Come on!
Spurs Aiming To End Liverpool Dominance
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have gone quietly about their business in the opening weeks of the 2015/16 season, and are looking like a far better unit so far. However, having lost five straight matches to the Reds, the White Hart Lane club have a real battle on their hands here.
To make matters worse for Tottenham, new arrival Heung-Min Son is out through injury and will not be able to continue his impressive start. Therefore, it will be up to Harry Kane to turn his poor form around, and the hosts will be praying to see a return of last season’s striker.
On a brighter note, Tottenham are unbeaten at home this season and will take confidence from their early season form. Meanwhile, they’ll be hoping to take advantage of the transitional Liverpool as they bid to end this poor run against the Reds.
Tottenham will be quietly optimistic. If they perform as they can, they’ll have every chance of securing a positive result.
The Liverpool owners wasted no time in naming Brendan Rodgers’ replacement, and football fans across the country will be eager to see what form Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp can bring to Anfield. All we can say is strap yourselves in for a roller coaster ride.
This first test won’t necessarily be easy for Klopp, though, as he has to contend with the injuries of Jordan Henderson, Christian Benteke, Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino, and a couple of defenders. Nonetheless, Daniel Sturridge’s return to goals is very promising. If the new gaffer can get the best out of the England man and fellow star Philippe Coutinho, who is believed to be fit for this clash, then the Reds could be in for some brighter times ahead.
Liverpool will be confident given their recent record against Spurs. The Merseysiders have scored at least three goals in each of their past five head-to-head encounters. If they can find anything like that sort of attacking joy once more, it could be a memorable first game in charge for the new boss.
All eyes will be on Klopp, but it’s up to his players to do the business. Whatever happens, it should be an enthralling contest.
Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool Betting
This is a hard battle to call on paper, and those feelings have been reflected perfectly by the betting odds. With home advantage on their side, Tottenham have been made slight favourites at 29/20 with Bet365. Meanwhile, Liverpool can be backed to win Klopp’s first match at 2/1 while the draw is available at 5/2.
Klopp will know he has an enormous task on his hands at Anfield, but his magic could make all the difference during this initial test. The players will be well up for this clash and, with the recent head-to-head dominance behind them, we’re backing them to shine.
Expect a fast start from the Reds. If they can get their noses in front early on, it could set them on their way to another great win at the lane.
HT/FT: Liverpool/Liverpool @ 21/5 with 888sport
As for goalscorers, the absence of Benteke and Ings means that the bulk of Liverpool’s attacking responsibility will be placed on the shoulder of Sturridge.
The Liverpool man will feel fresh after missing out on international duty. He might have hit a blank in the Merseyside derby, but his goals against Aston Villa will give him confidence. We’re backing the England hopeful to score.
Daniel Sturridge to score anytime @ 19/10 with 888sport