- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Saturday: January 11th, 17:30
- Referee: Martin Atkinson
It has been a challenging few weeks for Jose Mourinho since his appointment as Tottenham boss with games already staged against his former clubs Manchester United and Chelsea. He now faces the prospect of hosting Premier League leaders Liverpool arriving in North London and finding a way of beating a team which has not lost a league game in over twelve months. That task will be harder now that Harry Kane will be an injury absence from the home attack and Spurs must also contain an opposition team which claimed a 4-0 win at Leicester in their previous league game on the road.
Since Mourinho arrived at Tottenham during late November, three Premier League defeats have already been incurred, and only one clean sheet has been registered when beating Burnley 5-0. Spurs are also winless in three matches and were unable to overcome Championship team Middlesbrough in FA Cup action last weekend after drawing 1-1. Although the Portuguese manager won his first three competitive matches with Tottenham, just three further games have won in nine outings and that is not the required form when set to face current runaway league leaders Liverpool.
Prior to the weekend fixtures, Liverpool had amassed a thirteen-point lead ahead of Leicester at the top of the Premier League table despite playing one game less. The last domestic league defeat for the Merseyside team was sustained back in very early January 2019 when beaten 2-1 at Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp’s players will enter this game having won their four previous league games on the road. It is also worth noting that Liverpool have not conceded a goal in six of seven prior games in this country with the only blemish being when losing 5-0 in an EFL Cup tie at Aston Villa with a seriously weakened team.
Hugo Lloris (elbow), Ben Davies (ankle), Moussa Sissoko (knee ligament surgery), Harry Kane (hamstring) will all be unavailable for Tottenham while Tanguy Ndombele (hip) and Danny Rose (leg muscle) are also expected to be absent.
Nathaniel Clyne (knee) and Fabio Tavares (ankle) are sidelined at Liverpool with James Milner (leg muscle) another likely absentee. Naby Keita (groin) may also not feature, but there are hopes that Joel Matip (knee), Xherdan Shaqiri (thigh) and Dejan Lovren (thigh) may be declared fit.
A glance at recent clashes between these two teams shows four successive victories for Liverpool including a 2-0 win in the Champions League final last year. Other games have been closer with the Reds winning by a one-goal margin. In more recent weeks, Tottenham have struggled to earn Premier League wins with just two claimed since the beginning of December. It is also worth noting that Spurs have not scored a first-half goal in their last five competitive fixtures while Liverpool have netted during the opening period in their last seven league games. Therefore, it may be a good idea to select Liverpool to be winning at Half-Time and Full-Time, priced at 7/4 with Bet365, as a good bet.
A second pick is for a ‘No’ for Both Teams to Score offered at 6/5 by Bet365. The Absence of Harry Kane will be a blow for Spurs, and while Lucas Moura, Son Yeung-Min, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are all capable of scoring goals, they are not as consistently prolific as Kane who netted four league goals last month. With Liverpool not conceding a Premier League goal since beating Everton 5-2 at the beginning of December, it could just be that the Reds prevent their hosts from scoring.
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