Liverpool v Tottenham Premier League Preview
Liverpool v Tottenham Preview: Goals Galore or a Defensive Shutout at Anfield?
Some of the finest attackers the Premier League has to offer will lock horns when Liverpool host Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool will be desperate for three points as they bid to stay top of the table, and they will turn to their fabled attacking trio for inspiration. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been in inspired form this season and could yet fire the Reds to Premier League glory. However Spurs are no slouches in the attacking stakes either, with England captain Harry Kane flanked by Son Heung Min and Christian Eriksen proving a more than capable goalscoring trio of their own.
However, it is also worth noting that some of the strongest defenders in the division will also be on show. Virgil Van Dijk is among the favourites to be crowned PFA Player of the Year this season along with Man City duo Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. He has been an absolute colossus at the back for Liverpool, displaying strength, pace, flair on the ball and tactical nous in abundance. Liverpool are also well stocked at full-back, with Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold flying down the wings. Joel Matip is in excellent form and Joe Gomez is ready to return after breaking his leg back in December.
A Case for the Defence
Liverpool have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season and that represents a huge turnaround from last term. They were devastating in attack in 2018/19, but the defence was woefully leaky, and that cost them a shot at glory. Van Dijk and Alisson have transformed that backline, and now the team are very much in contention as we approach April.
Tottenham have typically been the strongest side defensively in the league in recent years, thanks to the considerable talents of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. However, they have shipped 32 goals this season – 11 more than Liverpool – and that will alarm many of their fans. The problem could well be in midfield, as Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko have frequently been overrun by their opponents, leaving the centre backs brutally exposed.
Eric Dier was withdrawn early on in England’s first internationals this week and Spurs may have to place their faith in Winks and Sissoko once more. They will have their work cut out against Liverpool’s high-energy midfield. The injury list is shrinking by the day for Jurgen Klopp and he can welcome Naby Keita back to the fold, with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum all competing for places. This will be a key battleground at Anfield on Sunday.
Could an Anfield Goal Fest be on the Cards?
Liverpool have banged in an impressive 44 goals in 15 home games so far this season whilst Spurs have managed 32 in 16 away games, giving them more goals on the road than any other team. Mauricio Pochettino’s men are yet to draw a single game away from home, highlighting an all or nothing approach that frequently sees them throwing caution to the wind in an effort to gain all three points.
Liverpool remain unbeaten at Anfield, with 13 wins and two draws in 15 games, and that is why they are clear favourites to win this game on our football spread betting indices. However, Spurs are certainly no pushovers, with 11 wins in 16 away games so far this season. They are, however, in poor form at the moment, but the international break may have come at precisely the right time, having given them time to regroup and begin another concerted push to finish in the top four. They now have Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea breathing down their neck, so Spurs are as desperate for points as their opponents. If you think Spurs can end Liverpool’s unbeaten home record, you can find a Tottenham Win Index of 5.75-7, compared to the 16.75-18.25 on offer for Liverpool, where the winning team will be awarded 25 points or each will get 10 for a draw.
The recent head to heads between these sides are fairly even. They have drawn four times in their last eight meetings, with one win for Spurs and three for Liverpool, including the Reds’ 2-1 victory at Wembley earlier this season. Klopp’s men are the clear favourites to win this clash, but anything can happen when teams from the Big Six play one another, and some punters may prefer to avoid the win markets and look at goals instead.
Liverpool v Tottenham Total Goals Betting
Our traders have priced the Total Goals Market at 2.85-3.05 for this game. This is a really popular market, because you do not have to predict the match result, you just simply have to decide whether you think it will be a tight game or a more open affair. For this match, you have two choices: to buy at 3.05 if you think it will be a high-scoring game, or to sell at 2.85 if you think it will be a cagier contest.
If you buy at 3.05 for £10 and it finishes 3-2, you would make a profit of £19.50, regardless of who won. This is because the total goals count would be five, leaving you 1.95 over the price you bought at. You then multiply this figure by your stake to calculate your profit (5 total goals – 3.05 buy price = 1.95 and 1.95 x £10 staked = £19.50).
If either team won 4-2 your profit would be £29.50. But if it finished 2-1 you would be down £5 and a 2-0 win for either team would leave you with a loss of £10.50, as would a 1-1 draw.
Alternatively, if you sell at 2.85 for £10 and it finishes 0-0, you would make a £28.50 profit. But if it finished 2-1 to either side, you would be down £1.50 as the total goals would have surpassed the sum you sold at (3 total goals – 2.85 sell price = 0.15 and 0.15 x £10 staked = a loss of £1.50).
You simply have to weigh up who you think will prevail in this game: the likes of Mane, Kane and Salah in attack, or Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Van Dijk at the back. Last season these teams were involved in some thrilling clashes, as Tottenham beat Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley and the two sides played out a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Yet the previous season saw a 2-0 home win for Liverpool and a 1-1 draw in north London.
Total goals is an exciting betting option, as it keeps you interested in the match until the final whistle. If you opt for a fixed-odds over 2.5 goals bet, you will be delighted when the third goal goes in, but your interest will then wane somewhat. But with a Total Goals spread bet, you will still be willing a fourth and fifth goal to be scored as it would boost your profits further. Spread betting is a great way to heighten the thrill you experience when watching big Premier League clashes and total goals is sure to be a popular market when title chasing Liverpool face Champions League hopefuls Spurs on Sunday.
Will Spurs halt the Liverpool title charge on Sunday? You can see all the Liverpool v Tottenham spreads on our Premier League markets page.