Tottenham were able to secure their first win of the Premier League season last weekend when they overcame Crystal Palace 1-0, while Liverpool suffered an embarrassing 2-0 loss away to Burnley despite boasting 80% possession and having 26 shots at goal to Burnley’s three. Jurgen Klopp’s men will hope to write this wrong when they visit White Hart Lane, a stadium where they have not conceded in the past three seasons. Read on to find out Tips Daddy’s tips for Tottenham vs Liverpool.
Prediction: The second half will produce the goals
Although Liverpool kept a clean sheet the last three times they visited Tottenham, their other recent trip to North London – when they beat Arsenal 4-3 – and the Burnley game proved that Klopp’s side is struggling in defence.
Despite conceding in just the second minute of that trip to Turf Moor, Liverpool have typically been poorest in defence in the second half of matches. Last season they conceded 62% of their goals after half-time and only three other Premier League teams conceded a greater proportion of their goals after the break.
Given that goals in the meetings between these two teams have typically come in the second half of matches – in the past five seasons, there have been 19 second half entries on the scoreboard versus 12 for the first half – it could be worth backing there to be more goals in the second half of this Tottenham-Liverpool fixture versus the first – which is priced at evens.
Worth a bet? Tip: Liverpool to run riot
Given how inconsistent these teams can be, this match is a tricky one to call, but one result which wouldn’t be too shocking would for Liverpool to storm to victory. When Jurgen Klopp’s sides click, they are capable of putting up a big win on any given Saturday and Liverpool teams of recent years have enjoyed some of their most impressive wins against Tottenham.
Since December 2013, the Reds have beaten Spurs 5-0, 4-0 and 3-0, while also winning 3-2 and sharing the spoils on two occasions. That’s why it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Liverpool leave White Hart Lane on the back of a comfortable win, so the odds of 7/1 being offered for the Reds to win by two goals, for example, could reap great rewards.
The fact that Tottenham are without their starting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris further increases the possibility of multiple Liverpool goals. His replacement Michel Vorm may have kept a clean sheet last weekend, but it should be kept in mind that he was facing last season’s third-lowest scoring team. Against Liverpool – last season’s sixth-highest scorers – it should be much more difficult.