Spurs play their second home game in a row against a so far bipolar Liverpool side. Spurs will look to kick on after Victor Wanyama’s late winner vs Crystal Palace last week and The Reds will look to bounce back after a horror show away at Burnley, and recapture some of the form that saw them impressively beat the *other* team in North London on the opening weekend.
Tale of The Tape:
Spurs have not managed to overcome Liverpool in the last 7 league meetings, with five losses and two draws. Spurs did however manage to stop a five game losing streak against Liverpool dating back to March 2013 last season with a 0-0 draw at The Lane in Jurgen Klopp’s first match, followed by a tightly fought 1-1 at Anfield in which Harry Kane provided one of his finest goals for Spurs.
Liverpool lost six league games on the road last season, a record they will look to improve on should they want to make a real challenge for the top four. The Merseyside club do however have a good record in the capital, losing only one game in London last season.
Tottenham will look to capitalise on Liverpool’s defensive frailties, the Reds have conceded five goals in their opening two matches, Spurs look much sturdier in defence, having only conceded one – Ross Barkley’s opener on the first day of the season, which had more than a touch of good fortune about it.
Spurs will be missing captain Hugo Lloris and industrious Central Midfielder Mousa Dembele, other than that everyone is eligible and there are no new injury concerns. Mauricio Pochettino has a couple of systems to choose from, he could play a 4-4-2 with Dier and Alli in midfield, but it would be harsh to drop Wanyama after his Man Of The Match showing against Palace. He could also play a 4-2-3-1 with Harry Kane in the number 10 role and Alli on the bench again, or he could drop Janssen and play Kane as a no. 9 with Dele Alli back as a 10.
Liverpool are likely to turn to James Milner to play as a left back once again as Alberto Moreno continues to come in for criticism as a result of his sub-par(I’m being very kind) performances vs Arsenal on the opening day and throughout last season. Emre Can went off injured against Burton Albion in midweek and is unlikely to be fit, Divock Origi is also a doubt for the match. LFC are likely to use a 4-3-3 to counter Spurs’ high fullbacks.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Lamela, Dier, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Janssen
Predicted Liverpool XI:
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mané, Firmino, Coutinho
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Liverpool