In this Matchday 5 matchup we have two EPL title contenders in Tottenham Hotspurs and Liverpool. Wembley will be the site of this derby match which has serious title implication despite it being early season in the English Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspurs are enjoying a solid start to their EPL campaign, as they have won their 3 opening matches, beating 1-2 Newcastle away in the season opener, a comfortable win against Fulham 3-1 at home and an absolute demolishing 0-3 of Manchester United at Old Trafford. Watford did end Tottenham’s run last week, as they won 2-1 at home. They have a great chance this weekend to make another statement by beating the undefeated Liverpool at home.
Liverpool are the current league leaders as they remain perfect after 4 matches in the EPL. They opened their season with a home demolishing 4-0 of West Ham United. They followed that up with an away 0-2 win at Crystal Palace, a home 1-0 win over Brighton and 1-2 win at Leicester. Liverpool have set their sights on the English Premier League title, since it has been almost 30 years since they have won their last one.
The game will be played at Wembley, where Tottenham managed to beat Liverpool 4-1 last season but overall this rivalry has been dominated by Liverpool in recent history. In the last 12 matches between the two sides, Liverpool have won 7, Tottenham have won 1 and there were 4 draws. Both clubs have traded blows in those games, as 6 out of the last 8 matches they have played have seen both teams score.
I have prepared a short breakdown of the match and some betting predictions, so feel free to read on.
Tottenham Hotspurs vs Liverpool Odds
- Tottenham Hotspurs 00
- Liverpool 30
- Draw 50
- Over 2.5 Goals 65
- Under 2.5 Goals 10
Tottenham Hotspurs vs Liverpool Pick
Even though Tottenham are playing the game at home at Wembley, Liverpool are valued as slight favorites to win this one with 2.30 odds. The Reds have been in fantastic form since the start of the season and have traditionally given Tottenham a lot of problems in the past.
Tottenham will not be at full strength versus Liverpool, since Dele Alli will be unavailable for the match due to a knee injury. Liverpool are mostly complete with defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain the only injured players for the match.
Tottenham will be looking to take advantage of Harry Kane and Lucas Moura up front. The duo has scored 5 out of the 9 goals that Tottenham have scored. The creative spark in the midfield belongs to Cristian Eriksen, who can quickly transform from defense to counter-attack. The defense will have a tough task to contain the potent Liverpool attack and Vertonghen and Sanchez, in particular, will be under tremendous pressure.
Liverpool are one of the offensive powerhouses in European soccer and they have lit up the competition during the previous season. Their displays in the UEFA Champions League, in particular, have been impressive in the Knockout Stages. The trio of Salah, Firmino and Mane are an unstoppable force in European soccer.
The major improvement this season has been on the defensive side of the ball. Liverpool have allowed only 1 goal in their first 4 matches in the English Premier League. The defensive improvement has been incremental and this has allowed their midfield and attack to flourish without the pressure of having to score in bundles to win.
This match will be an offensive clinic between Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp, perhaps the two of the most heralded coaches in European soccer, besides Pep Guardiola. In a high-scoring match Liverpool should have an advantage due to their three-headed monster in the attack. Still, I feel that the game might swing each way since Tottenham are playing at home and I would rather pick Over 2.5 Goals to be scored in the match.