Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool FC
Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, August 27 – 12:30 BST (07:30 ET)
Match Odds: Spurs 13/10 – Draw 5/2 – Liverpool 19/10
Tottenham welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime as the third weekend of the new Premier League season kicks off with a huge game between two sides expected to do well this term.
Spurs followed up on an opening day draw at Everton by beating Crystal Palace 1-0 last Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have yet to get into their stride but taking four points from their opening two has put them in a good position.
The visit of Liverpool will offer them their first real test of the season though, and the home fans will be looking forward to seeing how Tottenham perform against the Reds.
Spurs have a terrible record against Liverpool in recent seasons, having not beaten their opponents in four years. The Reds had won five in a row against Tottenham until back-to-back draws last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have proven to be very inconsistent so far. An opening weekend win at Arsenal showed their attacking quality as well as their defensive frailties, but last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Burnley was a shock result.
They thrashed Burton Albion 5-0 in the League Cup on Tuesday and so how they do here largely depends on which Liverpool side shows up.
Liverpool have yet to play at Anfield this term, with developments being made to the stadium, but Saturday’s trip to White Hart Lane is the last before they return home following the international break.
Tottenham remain without key midfielder Mousa Dembele, who is still serving a suspension picked up late last season. Heung-Min Son is a doubt, while Hugo Lloris is definitely out so Michel Vorm is expected to continue between the sticks. Dele Alli will be hoping to start the game after dropping to the bench in place of Vincent Janssen last weekend.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp continued to work on his players’ fitness in the midweek League Cup demolition over Burton. However, Emre Can picked up an injury on Tuesday and is now unlikely to feature. Loris Karius remains sidelined, along with Sheyi Ojo, Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez and Lucas Leiva. Daniel Sturridge may start up front in place of Roberto Firmino.
Tottenham’s form: D/W
Liverpool’s form: W/L
Key Stat: Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games with Spurs and have not conceded a goal in their last three visits to White Hart Lane.
Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs striker has never scored a Premier League goal in the month of August but will be looking to end that statistic here. He hasn’t looked as sharp as usual so far this term but had some good sights at goal last week and will be confident of finding the net against Simon Mignolet, given the fact he has conceded each of the last five shots he has faced.
Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool – Spurs have really struggled to overcome Liverpool in recent years and may struggle to get three points here. Neither side has hit their stride yet but both are real threats when going forward and so there could be a flurry of goals on Saturday. However, they are likely to cancel each other out with a score draw the most likely outcome.