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Liverpool vs Tottenham Prediction & Match Preview

 

Liverpool vs Tottenham Prediction & Match Preview

Liverpool vs Tottenham
England – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Anfield.

First faces second in this top of the table showdown at Anfield. An injury-hit Liverpool were forced to settle for a point after a below par performance in their 1-1 draw vs Fulham on Sunday. 


Earlier in the day, Tottenham Hotspur were also held to a 1-1 draw of their own, against London rivals Crystal Palace. 

Jurgen Klopp’s men boast an incredibly strong record over Spurs, having won their last five matches against the North London club in all competitions. 

Home advantage will likely prove a key factor here, with the Reds unbeaten in their last 64 league matches at Anfield, a club record. 

Klopp’s men will have to be at their best defensive to deal with the in-form Spurs duo of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, but the Reds boast an insatiable attack of their own and that firepower should prove enough for them to breach a typically sturdy Jose Mourinho coached defence more than once. 

Both teams should find the net when taking into account Liverpool’s injury hit backline, but despite that the hosts may just have enough to edge what will be a hard-fought contest.

Liverpool vs Tottenham: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Liverpool Tottenham played so far 47 matches.
Liverpool won 23 direct matches. Tottenham won 12 matches. 12 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.64 goals per Match.

Liverpool vs Tottenham: Prediction

Liverpool in actual season average scored 2.43 goals per match. In 9 (81.82%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (63.64%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Tottenham average scored 2.37 goals per match in season 2020. In 9 (69.23%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (61.54%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Liverpool were forced to play the second half against Fulham with a centre-back partnership of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho after Joel Matip was taken off at half time due to back spasms.

Klopp has raised hope that the Cameroonian could recover in time for this match, but if not then either Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips could be drafted in instead.

Matip joins an already lengthy list of injury concerns, which now includes Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas, both of whom could miss up to two months after picking up injuries in last week's Champions League dead-rubber against FC Midtjylland.

Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Joe Gomez, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri also remain sidelined, while Naby Keita is not expected to be available after suffering a fresh muscle injury.

Tottenham's injury problems are a lot less severe, with Erik Lamela likely to be the only absentee for the visitors in this match.

Gareth Bale missed the weekend draw with Crystal Palace due to illness, but Mourinho expects the Real Madrid loanee to have recovered in time for the trip to Merseyside.

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are almost certain to start again having combined to score for the 12th time this season against Palace - already the second-highest tally for an entire Premier League season, after Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton's 13-goal haul in 1994-95.

Kane alone has been directly involved in 19 goals from his 12 Premier League games this season, and could smash the record for quickest to reach double figures in both goals and assists in a season - currently held by Cesc Fabregas, who managed it in 17 games.

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