Last weekend, we saw Tottenham see off Crystal Palace 1-0 in an extremely bitty performance. It wasn’t the most glamorous display we’ve seen from Spurs, but they got the job done and at the end of the day that is all that matters.
Spurs were lucky that they were playing Crystal Palace who created little to no chances. You’d think if Tottenham played an opponent of a higher quality, they wouldn’t have won that game. Nevertheless, Tottenham got the three points and are in a better position now than they were this time last year.
However, I digress, and a tough bout awaits Tottenham this weekend – a visit from Merseyside giants, Liverpool. This has all the makings of a good game. There is plenty of attacking threats for each of the two potential title contenders and two fantastic managers.
However with their inconsistencies, Liverpool beating Arsenal 4-3 one week and losing to Burnley the next and Spurs unable to dust off all the cobwebs, it could draw a stale met.
For Tottenham, Kevin Wimmer returns from injury while Mousa Dembele serves the fifth game of his six-match ban he obtained last season. Hugo Lloris is still nursing a hamstring injury.
Tottenham expected line-up: Vorm, Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose, Dier, Wanyama, Alli, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane.
Liverpool have doubts of their own too, with Emre Can and Divock Origi doubtful. Sadio Mane missed out last week with a shoulder injury but he should feature against Tottenham. Coutinho is also another player that may miss the clash due to a hamstring strain.
Liverpool expected line-up: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Sturridge, Firmino
Mauricio Pochettino thinks that the game against Liverpool will be ‘very tough’. also adding “They like to play on the counter attack. They are fast. Different to us – we like to manage the ball.
“We are a different team with a different philosophy but it will be tough.”
Jurgen Klopp said “They [Tottenham] are absolutely convinced about their way and their style of play.
“They didn’t change too much and they have high individual quality.
“They are a pressing team, a high-pressure team, so we need to know about this.
“They don’t give away a lot of spaces but there are spaces, of course.”
I see this being a very cagey game as neither team will want to lose. If Dier and Wanyama start then it’ll show that Tottenham are taking the more defensive approach to this game, instead of starting Janssen, which would prove an offensive tactic.
Some are expecting this to be the game of the weekend and an absolute thriller but I can see it being a boring, cagey affair as neither team will want to lose this. Especially Liverpool after coming off the back of a loss to Burnley
Both teams have plenty of attacking threats to finish the other off and they are capable of beating each other with convincing score-lines. It could very well be an interesting game. I am predicting a 1-1 draw.
Written by Ben Mathias
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