Premier League betting – Spurs vs Liverpool
Spurs vs Liverpool betting preview
Tottenham Hotspurs League Position: 6th, League Form: LLDWW
On the back of 10 goals in 3 games, qualification from a tough Champions League group and an historic comeback against rivals Arsenal, Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham side are being talked of as Champions at home and abroad.
The return of Defoe, to a team who had already looked dangerous going forward anyway, has added another dimension to the Spurs attack. Against a team who have looked frail at the back and at times happy to draw teams onto them, they may feel that any early goal will force their opponents forward, and that on the break they have all the pace in this match.
Rafael Van Der Vaart is a major doubt, and without him they may be forced to play two out and out strikers. If they play a wide game they may find rewards, with both Konchesky and Johnson in less than convincing form so far this season.
Liverpool: League Position: 9th League Form: WWDLW
The signs of repair are there in this Liverpool side, and having passed their last big test against Champions Chelsea, this one will be a completely different type of game.
Last week’s easy win over bottom placed West Ham United is no barometer for this fixture, a 3-0 goal win against the worst opposition performance they may face this season. The visitors offered no threat and little resistance, Redknapp won’t let his side mirror that performance.
Gerrard is yet to return, but an improving Lucas comes back into the side. Joe Cole also has a chance of a return, but they look short of match winners outside inconsistent star man Fernando Torres. In form William Gallas will hope to keep him under wraps, and from there you worry where Liverpool can score.
If Roy Hodgson changes his approach, normally a defensive one, and goes on the front foot and attacks then there’s a chance of this being a cracker. Liverpool may look to sit deep and suffocate Tottenham’s flair, and if they succeed expect a drab affair.
Match Prediction: Tottenham Win – 2.1 Ladbrokes, Coral, Paddy Power, SkyBet
Liverpool’s approach to this game will dictate the tempo of the match, but Tottenham can adapt to however their visitors play. If Tottenham get the first goal they must fancy themselves to score a few, with Liverpool unlikely to be able to deal with the speed the hosts have on the break.
Matching up the key areas of the game, Bale vs Johnson and Lennon vs Konchesky is tipped majorly in favour of Spurs, especially on form, and if Liverpool are forced to double team the Tottenham wingers down the flanks it’s likely Torres will be left alone up top often.
Workhorse Dirk Kuyt is as important to his side as Torres here, linking attack and midfield with clever movement and passing. Both sides have a striker who can win a game with one chance (Torres and Defoe in particular)
Tottenham’s poacher in chief Jermain Defoe has the speed and brains to run rings around the Liverpool centre backs, and could be worth a punt to kick on with the goals this season.
Over/Under: Over 2.5 goals – 1.88 Bet365
First Goalscorer: Jermain Defoe – 7.00 Coral
Correct Score: 3-1 Tottenham Win – 19.00 SkyBet, BlueSquare
Tottenham – 2.1 Paddy Power,
Draw – 3.4 Victor Chandler,
Liverpool – 4.00 Victor Chandler
By Chris Wilkerson
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