3:30 AM (AEDST) Monday, February 5 at Anfield, Liverpool
Round 26 of the English Premier League draws towards a close on Monday, with a heavyweight clash between hosts Liverpool and fifth placed Spurs.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Firmino, Mane, Salah.
Tottenham: Lloris; Dier, Vertonghenm, Alderweireld; Wanyama, Dembele, Walker-Peters, Davies; Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
There have been 149 games played between these two sides with Liverpool picking up 69 wins to the Spurs 42, while 38 games have been drawn. Their last meeting, earlier this season, saw Spurs romp home 4-1.
Liverpool were the best attacking side in the Premier League for near the entire season before some indifferent late season form saw them drop off slightly. They started off this season with their attack firing when they had a 3 all draw with Watford. Their defence was much when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0. They flogged fellow heavyweights Arsenal 4-0 before copping a 5-0 hiding from Manchester City. They then had a 1 all draw with Burnley before beating Leicester City 3-2. In Round 7 they were held to a 1 all draw with Newcastle. They then had a scoreless draw with Man Utd before a heavy 4-1 loss to Spurs. They’ve since beaten the Terriers 3-0, Hammers 4-1 and Southampton 3-0. After a 1 all draw with Chelsea, they beat Stoke 3-0 and Brighton 5-1. The Reds then had draws with Everton and West Brom before belting Bournemouth 4-0. After an entertaining 3 all draw with Arsenal, Liverpool then hammered lowly Swansea 5-0 and have since also beaten Leicester, Burnley and Everton, all by 2-1. The Reds then scored a 4-3 win over the undefeated Manchester City and then were disappointing 1-0 losers to last placed Swansea the following weekend. Last week they belted they woefully out of form Huddersfield 3-0.
Tottenham started their season with a 2-0 win over newly promoted Newcastle. They then lost 2-1 to Chelsea before scoring a 1 all draw with Burnley. In Round 4 they hammered Everton 3-0 before being held to a scoreless draw by Swansea. They’ve been consistently strong since, beating West Ham 3-2, Huddersfield 4-0, Bournemouth 1-0 and then Liverpool 4-1. They then suffered a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, before struggling to a 1-0 win over the last placed Crystal Palace. Their form then dropped as they lost 2-0 to Arsenal and 2-1 to Leicester while scoring 1 all draws with West Brom and Watford. They have since bounced back with impressive victories against Stoke 5-1, Brighton 2-0 and Burnley 3-0 while suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to undefeated League Leaders Man City. Spurs hammered Southampton 5-2 and Swansea 2-0 in their next two games before being held to a 1 all draw with West Ham. After they belted Everton 4-0, Tottenham then drew 1 all with Southampton before knocking off Manchester United last weekend 2-0.
Liverpool front 3 v Spurs back 3 – Liverpool has one of the most potent attacks in the League while the Spurs defence has been a trademark of their style for some seasons now.
The Reds at home are always a real handful. Spurs will need one of their best efforts to get the chocolates here.