Liverpool blew a 2-0 lead in their most recent game to put a dent in their hopes of a top-four finish after three consecutive wins had got them back into contention. Spurs, meanwhile, were enjoying a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth and are keeping the pressure on Leicester at the top of the table. So there’s a lot to play for here, particularly with the leaders not playing till Sunday.
The Reds inconsistency this season has seen them score seven times in two easy wins over Man City but otherwise go W2-D4-L6 against the other eight teams currently above them. Only twice in their last 24 home games have they failed to find the net but they’ve still only won five of 13 Anfield matches this season (W5-D5-L3). Their scoring rate has improved significantly in the past couple of months as Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have all found form and fitness. The only match they’ve all started was a 6-0 win over Villa but they’ve not failed to score in any of Sturridge’s 12 starts since the beginning of last season while they average 1.94 gpg in Firmino’s last 16 starts.
Spurs are virtually at full strength and have won eight of their last 10 matches while improving their goal difference by +15 as both attack and defence have looked in excellent nick. Dele Alli and Harry Kane were arguably England’s two most impressive performers during the international break and their form has certainly helped in Spurs’ recent good run. They’ve gone W4-D6-L3 this term against teams currently in the top half but they’ll want to improve on a poor recent record against Liverpool, having lost five of their last six meetings although the first meeting this term finished 0-0. Only twice in their last 10 games have they failed to score at least two goals while 10 of their 15 trips to top-half teams since the start of last season have had at least three strikes in total.
Two in-form attacks should combine for an entertaining game and Over 2.5 Goals looks a great price.
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