By Danny Carrington
Last Updated: 10th January 2020
It couldn’t be a worse time for Spurs to have to play Liverpool, with the injury-ravaged north London side facing an uphill battle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Read on for some of the best bets ahead of Saturday evening’s Premier League offering.
Reds out for blood
Despite pretty much having the title wrapped up, it’s clear that Liverpool have no interest in taking their foot off the gas. Across their 20 league games this season, they’ve only dropped points once.
They’ve scored 17 goals in their last seven matches, including putting four past second-placed Leicester in a statement win. With that in mind, the Reds to score over 2.5 goals against a flailing Spurs outfit at 7/4 seems a steal.
Liverpool’s league form is even more remarkable when you consider their hectic footballing schedule of late. They were forced to field a weakened team in the FA Cup last time out and, even so, their juniors still ran out 1-0 winners over rivals Everton’s first team.
So it seems there really is no stopping them and this trip to the capital on Saturday evening is sure to prove fruitful. The Reds have won the last four encounters with Spurs, beating them 2-1 at Anfield in October a few months after the Champions League final.
Worryingly for Tottenham, they have only kept one clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League matches, while Liverpool haven’t conceded in their last five. The away side are 11/5 to win to nil.
Lilywhites are wilting
Inconsistent is probably the word to describe Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Spurs so far. Now he has to contend with preparing for this clash knowing that his absentee list comprises of Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies, Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko and, of course, Harry Kane.
Something that has been consistent of late, though, is Spurs’ sluggishness. They have been the losing team at half-time in each of their last four games in the Premier League. An unforgiving and lethal Liverpool side are extremely well-placed to bring this unfortunate statistic up to five. Jurgen Klopp’s men are 18/5 to win both halves.
Although this all makes for bleak reading, Spurs pushed Liverpool pretty close in their recent encounters. They were leading at half-time in the reverse fixture and their trip to Anfield last season only ended in defeat due to a last minute own goal.
Tottenham are capable of bringing an abrupt end to Liverpool’s unbeaten record, even with their current list of casualties. Let’s not forget that Mourinho stifled the Reds’ chance of taking the title back in 2014 after his Chelsea side inflicted a damaging 2-0 win at Anfield.
Heung-min Son is still one of the most lethal forwards in the league and can create chances out of nothing. He’s 9/5 to grab a goal at anytime.