Champions Liverpool welcome to Anfield on Wednesday night, one of the pretenders to the title this season, Tottenham Hotspur, with both teams looking to shake off their deflating draws at the weekend while underlining their respective title credentials.
Liverpool were uncharacteristically made to chase shadows against Fulham at the weekend and were lucky to escape with a point thanks to a late Mohamed Salah penalty that cancelled out Bobby Reid’s brilliant first-half opener for the home side.
Jurgen Klopp will demand a response to that uninspired performance when they get back to Anfield which they have turned into a fortress in recent years. Big wins over Leicester and Wolves in their last two home league fixtures mean they have won 31 of their last 32 league games at Anfield.
Their defence of the title has been fraught with injuries all over the place, with impressive summer signing Diogo Jota the latest to join their lengthy injury list. However, with their lethal front three of Salah, Mane and Firminho good to go, they still possess a potent challenge against just about anyone.
Tottenham have emerged as a serious contender for the title this season following an incredible 11 game unbeaten run (7W, 4D) following a home loss on the opening game of the season. There have been some eye-catching and significant results in that run including wins over both Manchester outfits and Arsenal as well as a draw away at Chelsea.
It, therefore, was a bit of an upset when they, like their hosts, could only manage a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace last time out with Harry Kane’s 23rd-minute opener cancelled out by Jeffrey Schlupp late on.
Jose Mourinho has gotten the team to buy into his philosophy and the results are starting to show. Ending Liverpool’s vaunted home record would certainly be the boldest statement of their ambitions and intentions for this season.
This Spurs team has shown all the hallmarks from Jose Mourinho’s title-winning teams from the past years. They have the best defence in the league and a terrific counter-attacking mindset. They have shown they have what it takes with some marquee performances particularly against the top six teams in the league. It’s difficult to bet against Liverpool at Anfield where they are undefeated in their last 65 league games. There are some chinks in that Liverpool defence and Spurs can make the most of any opportunities afforded to them. It’s a bit of ask but we are going for Tottenham to win on the double chance @ 2.00 with Interwetten for our initial betting tip.
If the game plays out as expected, Liverpool will likely the lion’s share of the possession with the Spurs happy to sit back and hit them on the counter. This is going to invite more pressure on the North London club’s players and as the game wears out we are likely to see increased physicality and desperation from both teams. We feel there will be a few bookings in the game and we are backing Tottenham to get more bookings also @ 2.00 at Interwetten bookie review for our final call for this game.
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