Spurs look value to edge a high-scoring encounter at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Spurs v Liverpool - Saturday 12:30, Sky Sports 1
Spurs showed the strength of their squad in defeating Crystal Palace, Vincent Janssen putting in an industrious performance up front and fellow new signing Victor Wanyama getting on the scoresheet. With Dele Alli to come back into the team following illness, Janssen may find himself unlucky to drop back to the bench but the partnership of Wanyama and Eric Dier looks set to continue at the base of midfield.
Whilst Moussa Dembele will add options for Spurs once his suspension is over – especially playing weaker teams where the onus is on them to attack – against Liverpool Wanyama and Dier could prove to be the perfect combination of brawn and steel to disrupt their opponent’s intense pressing.
Liverpool will hope Saido Mane makes a quick recovery from a shoulder injury, but with Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi to deputise it is further back that will concern Jurgen Klopp. His midfield lacked bite against Burnley despite having over 80% of the possession, losing the ball cheaply in the build-up to both goals they conceded. Expect Emre Can to come back into the Liverpool midfield in an attempt to shore it up defensively.
However, no matter the personnel, this is a Klopp team now and so will play on the front foot. They will find merely putting in miles on the clock won’t be enough to ruffle the feathers of this Spurs side though, and given both sides have been involved in plenty of games in their recent form where both teams have found the net, backing this with Spurs to win at 4.5 represents decent value.