Tottenham vs. Liverpool: Tough to call with much to prove

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Liverpool take the trip south to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday, in the final round of fixtures before the international break.

Matches between the pair tend to be entertaining contests, and this weekend’s showdown in north London promises to be no different.

Spurs have picked up a win and a draw in their opening two Premier League games of the season, while the Reds have beaten Arsenal and lost to Burnley.

They recovered from their abject showing at Turf Moor with a resounding 5-0 win at Burton on Tuesday evening, reaching the third round of the League Cup in the process.

Saturday’s game is likely to be decided by very fine details, and should be a tactical affair between two of the league’s best managers in Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.

Unsurprisingly, the bookies see it as a tough match to predict.

Result

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 17, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Tottenham Hotspur's manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Kloppaganda)

With Spurs the hosts on Saturday, it is not surprising to see them as slight favourites to leave White Hart Lane with all three points in the bag.

Pochettino’s men are 27/20 to win, and if they achieve this, it would be their first victory at home to Liverpool since their 2-1 triumph in November 2012.

The Merseysiders, who have not conceded at Spurs in their last three visits there, are 21/10 to seal what would be a much-needed win.

The draw is 5/2, and as is so often the case in clashes between the top sides, a share of the spoils looks a likely outcome.

In truth, anything could happen, which is the beauty of the Premier League‘s unpredictable nature.

Goalscorer

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 23, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Burton Albion during the Football League Cup 2nd Round match at the Pirelli Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The bookies have a tricky job on their hands when it comes to producing goalscoring odds, given Liverpool’s options in attack.

It is unknown whether Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi or Roberto Firmino will start, if not a couple of them, so taking a punt on any of them to find the net before the teams are released is a risk.

Sturridge is 6/1 to open the scoring at White Hart Lane, while a potentially injured Origi is 25/4. Firmino is a tempting 29/4.

For Spurs, it takes little guessing to know who their favourite to score first is, with Harry Kane 15/4 to set the hosts on their way to possible victory.

The 23-year-old is a goal machine, although he is still searching for his first goal in 2016/17.

New signing Vincent Janssen is 5/1, but is unlikely to start, while Erik Lamela looks a decent bet at 33/4, with the Argentine looking in good form.

Backing Sadio Mane to score anytime at 51/20 definite looks worth your while, given the emphatic way his Liverpool career has started.

Other Bets

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, Ogctober 17, 2015: Liverpool's James Milner in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Kloppaganda)

Last season’s 0-0 draw in north London – Klopp’s first game as Liverpool manager – was fairly cagey, but this may well prove to be very different.

The Reds look weak at the back currently, as highlighted by the five goals they have already conceded in the league, and Klopp may feel his side need to outscore Spurs.

With the likes of Sturridge, Mane and Philippe Coutinho, among others, causing havoc in attacking areas, they have the ability to blow anyone away on their day.

Putting money on both teams to score at 2/3 looks a bet that is highly likely to come in – you can’t see Liverpool keeping a clean-sheet, but they will strongly believe they can breach the Spurs goal at least once.

Similarly, selecting over 2.5 goals at 5/7 looks very tempting, and would guarantee you more winnings. The match feels high-scoring.

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