As Spurs march onwards after dominating and eventually defeating Crystal Palace 1-0, thanks to a Victor Wanyama header, they will host their toughest matchup of the campaign so far, Liverpool.
Last year, both matches ended in draws, one goalless at White Hart Lane, and 1-1 at Anfield. While this match is very difficult to predict, we know what to expect from Spurs already. The high pressing, fast paced, attacking fullbacks, and a deadly Harry Kane up front.
Spurs Danger Men
Spurs have quite a few threats that could cause trouble for Liverpool’s shaky back line. Obviously, Harry Kane, the reigning golden boot winner has yet to find the back of the net and has been kept relatively quiet throughout two games, but the threat is always there for Kane. Last year he scored just one goal in his first nine games and still won the golden boot.
Danny Rose has been Spurs’ most consistent player throughout the whole 2015/2016 season, and he picked up right where he left off. Nathaniel Clyne will have his hands full trying to contain his English teammate. It will be a very good test for Clyne as he continues to be in Kyle Walker’s shadow, especially after Walker started at the Euros.
Speaking of Kyle Walker, he will absolutely be the focal point of Spurs’ attack on Saturday. With the ongoing problem at left back for Liverpool, Walker will be attacking that flank constantly looking to exploit it. Whether it’s against the incompetent Alberto Moreno or the slower James Milner, Walker has a clear cut advantage over both, whether or not Walker will be able to capitalize is another question. Given the immense opportunity he has to lead Spurs to victory, I fully expect him to do it, earning at least an assist for his hard work.
Predicted Line-Up: Tottenham
Spurs will most likely lineup the same way they did against Crystal Palace in what seems to be a 4-4-1-1.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how Spurs lineup or how Spurs will perform in the match. We know what to expect from Tottenham, Liverpool on the other hand? Not so much. Will we see the Coutinho that dominated Arsenal? Or the one that disappeared along with the whole squad as they fell 2-0 to a lowly Burnley side? That’s why this game rests 100% on Liverpool. Spurs were the model of consistency for most of last season and week in and week out you never know what Liverpool side is going to show up.
I do think Liverpool will show up with their best, however with the questionable defense, in particular Mignolet, Spurs attack will be too much to handle. Also, with arguably the best defence in the league, Spurs will do well to contain Liverpool’s threats, mainly Coutinho. Liverpool have too many questions that need answering before Saturday and shaky defence will be their downfall.
I expect Spurs to continue their form of last season, securing Champions League football for the second year in a row, finishing in 4th, meanwhile I expect Liverpool to compete for a UCL spot, but end falling just short, however they will earn a spot in the Europa League, finishing 5th or 6th. If Liverpool can find consistency however, they will be real threats to other top clubs in England.
Prediction: Spurs 2-1 Liverpool.
The last meeting…
Written by Anthony Koval (@SuperJanAndToby)