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First and second go toe-to-toe here and a win for either would be a real statement in the burgeoning title race. Tottenham have developed a killer instinct and nasty streak under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, but it’s brought about more consistent results and especially in the big games, while Liverpool remain highly competitive despite their ongoing injury woes.
Joel Matip is a frequent visitor to the treatment table and had to be substituted at half-time versus Fulham with a back spasm, leaving him a doubt for this clash.
Jurgen Klopp switched to a makeshift centre-back partnership of midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson at Craven Cottage, but inexperienced youngsters Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips could battle it out for a spot in the line-up if Matip can’t recover in time.
Liverpool will also be weaker from the bench in both midfield and attack, with Diogo Jota, Xherdan Shaqiri, Naby Keita, Thiago and James Milner all sidelined at present.
By contrast, Mourinho is only without the injured Erik Lamela, who wouldn’t make the matchday eleven even if he was fit, as Gareth Bale is expected to return to the squad after missing the weekend draw with Palace through illness.
Although Liverpool have won all five meetings between these two over the past two seasons, with four league meetings and a Champions League final clash, neither the Reds nor Man City are reaching the same levels as in the past couple of campaigns.
All but one of those victories in the head to heads came by more than a single goal, with three of these ending 2-1, and another close encounter is to be expected.
Jose Mourinho’s side have already proven their newly discovered big-game mentality this season. In the last month alone they’ve managed victories at home in the North London derby and when welcoming Man City, while also taking a point away at Chelsea.
The highlight of their season was of course the 6-1 humiliation of Man Utd at Old Trafford in October, while they were also solid in a further draw entertaining Frank Lampard’s side in the League Cup back in September.
Under 2.5 Goals
Mourinho undeniably has past form for stifling chances in the big games and there’s no doubt that’s what his charges will set out to do here. Four of those five clashes with Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea or Arsenal this term have seen fewer than three goals, while Liverpool’s big matches have hardly been goal-laden either.
Up against the best teams the Reds have faced this term – Arsenal (three times), Ajax and Atalanta (twice each), Chelsea, Man City and Leicester – there have been a maximum of two goals in seven of 10 matches.
With just one strike when Mourinho and Klopp locked horns in January, and fewer than three in four of six head to heads between the managers since 2016, under 2.5 goals looks attractive at odds against.
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Spurs Double Chance
It’s hard to go against Liverpool at Anfield, where they’ve won 54 of 65 unbeaten league games now, but there’s never been a better time to take them on and Tottenham look well-priced to get something from this clash.
However, like the recent Manchester derby this game may not live up to expectations, and if Mourinho sucks the life out of it the draw appears quite probable.
Liverpool And Spurs To Draw 1-1
Indeed, Tottenham have drawn each of their past three road trips at Chelsea, LASK and Palace, while Liverpool are struggling for consistency at present,
The Reds are just W3-D4-L1 over their past eight in all competitions, as each of those stalemates finished 1-1, and we’ll have a little flutter on the correct score.