Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Betting Odds, Preview & Tips – Sunday, November 28th
November 29, 2010 | In: Articles
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Betting Tip & Odds: The main difference in this one will be variety. Tottenham have many more sources of goals in them than Liverpool have, and that will count on the day. Tottenham are enjoying a great November, and while Liverpool have had their moments, they are still not looking like much more than a mid table team. Spurs can win this one, they just have to be ruthless. The last two Tottenham v Liverpool league matches between the sides at White Hart Lane in the league, ended in a 2-1 scoreline, so that is a good bench mark. Liverpool have only hit four away goals all year as well. Going to go just a little bit better on this one for a Spurs home win: Tottenham -1 Asian Handicap 2/1 at Bet365
Tottenham Hotspur to win: 11/10 at BetFred
Draw: 12/5 at Bet365
Liverpool to win: 3/1 at Victor Chandler
EPL Match Preview: Tottenham will fancy their chances, as it has been some week or so for them. Not only did they have the audacity to break a long unbeaten run away to arch rivals Arsenal in the Premier League, Tottenham also secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League in midweek. Suddenly the Tottenham strike force is gaining a little momentum, and that really was all that has been missing from them for most of the season. They are arguably one of the best passing sides in the Premier League, and boss Harry Redknapp has assembled a squad worthy of challenging for Champions League spot again this year. Their season in the Premier League has been a bit of a mixed bag, and that can be down to the distraction of the Champions League one supposes. But with four goals against Blackburn and then three against Arsenal, Spurs are looking as if they are coming to life. Confidence often wins games, and that is what Spurs are at the moment, and why they will fully fancy their chances of putting three points in the bag at home on Sunday. Over the past couple of seasons, they have turned the tide on Liverpool visiting White Hart Lane, beating them by a 2-1 scoreline in the past two matches. Tottenham have a decent 48% win percentage at home against Liverpool throughout history, so there is a strong call to back Tottenham Hotspur heavily in this one.
Spurs do like to get the ball down on the deck and knock it around. While they enjoy plenty of width, with sensation Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon in particular hugging the touchlines, while Rafael van der Vaart prowls around in support, Tottenham aren’t the greatest in the centre of the park. That is probably the missing link for them at the moment, as, with better distribution to the wide men, and offering a little more protection to the back line, Spurs would be even better. Tottenham are up to sixth in the Premier League, and just four points off fourth place, so this is a big match for them. This is one which they need to win in order to stay in touch with Manchester City above them. It is also a big chance for them to keep Liverpool back, because if the unthinkable occurred and Spurs lost, Liverpool would actually draw level with them. Spurs are on a good run of form at the moment, unbeaten in their last three, winning their last two. The big difference in this match, simply could come down to who has the more clinical firepower. Spurs will win that one hands down, simply because they have more creativity from more sources that what the visitors will be able to bring to the table. With neither team’s defence being anything to write home about really, the area to look in order to pick a winner here, has to be going forward. You would expect Spurs to create more chances against the Liverpool back line, than Liverpool will be able to against the Tottenham back line. Liverpool’s top scorers in the league are Gerrard with three and Torres with five. Match that against Tottenham with Bale on 5, Van der Vaart of 6 and Pavlyuchenko on 4, plus they have just gotten Jermain Defoe back to fitness. Fernando Torres is 15/8 at Stan James as Anytime Scorer and Gareth Bale is 3/1 at SkyBet as Anytime Scorer.
Spurs really cannot afford to let this one degenerate into a midfield battle and abandon the wings. They get the ball to the wings enough and they will win comfortably. In the centre of the park, Spurs are still without Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas, while Rafael van der Vaart, crucially, could miss out as well. Boss Harry Redknapp claimed that Spurs are now good enough to be challenging for the league title and not just settling for a fourth place finish, like Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini seems content to do. However, Spurs are not quite the finished product that they would need to be in order to win the league, and yes, famously Spurs’ two league title have come when the year has ended with a one, so is 2011 really full of so much promise? Well, Spurs won’t win the Champions League and they won’t win the Premier League, so really all they will fight for is the FA Cup. Is that a big step forward enough for them at this stage? They really don’t have that clinical ruthlessness of a team ready to win the league, but still, with a good win over Liverpool, they can really stake their claim for a fourth place finish again.
Liverpool have managed to dig themselves out of a hole, or so it seems. After just one win in their first eight Premier League matches of the season, the Reds have now won four of their last six. They woke up with a three stretch winning streak, and then it all came crashing down when they went away from home. They failed to beat Wigan and then lost 2-0 away to Stoke. They are of course, missing England midfielder and club captain Steven Gerrard, who injured his hamstring on international duty recently. Boss Roy Hodgson was most displeased about Fabio Capello using him so much in a pointless friendly against France, and now they have to deal with life without him for a bit. They coped OK last weekend in beating West Ham at Anfield, but that really isn’t much to set your standards by. Winning matches away at clubs like Tottenham, are the games which will really make all the difference for them. This is a Liverpool side which beat Chelsea this season, so there is some hope for the Kop that all will be OK in the end. They may be bolstered by the return of Joe Cole to the team, who really hasn’t enjoyed a great time since moving there in the summer from Chelsea. They need to be a lot better than they were on their last away outing in the Premier League, where they lacked any kind of fight and determination at all against Stoke. They were outworked, out battled and out competed for the match, and deservedly lost the match. They can’t afford to do that against Tottenham either, because the way Spurs play, the visitors will hardly get a touch of the ball if they don’t put their foot in.
Just how crucial will the loss of Steven Gerrard be to Roy Hodgson? He is the driving force in the whole team, and the player that gives them the competitive edge when they need it. They need away to fill the midfield hole he will leave behind, because the Reds are weak in that department. There is really nothing too much wrong with Liverpool at the back, as they have kept three clean sheets in their last five matches. However, up front, unless Torres takes his chances, then it is still hard to see where goals are going to come from for Liverpool. Roy Hodgson hasn’t enjoyed much success on his trips to White Hart Lane either, as he hasn’t picked up a win their in four attempts, whereas Harry Redknapp has only suffered once defeat against Liverpool during his managerial career. There is one interest stat which highlights just what the difference could be in this match. Spurs have earned themselves more pints than any other team in the league, after they have fallen behind in a match. That is the fight with which they play, and Liverpool to be honest cannot match that. This has been a hot November for Tottenham, and they should be able to keep it going.
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Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Premier League Betting Statistics
Last 5 Head to Head
Liverpool 2, Tottenham 0
Tottenham 2, Liverpool 1
Liverpool 3, Tottenham 1
Tottenham 2, Liverpool 1
Tottenham 0, Liverpool 2
Tottenham Hotspur have an 43% win percentage at home in the league this season
Liverpool have a 14% win percentage away from home in the league this season
Tottenham Hotspur are on a streak of five home games without defeat
Liverpool are on a streak of two away matches with no win
Tottenham Hotspur have scored 11 goals, and conceded 7 at home
Liverpool have scored 4 and conceded 11 goals in their away matches
Tottenham Hotspur average 1.57 goals per match at home this season
Liverpool average 0.57 goals per match away from home this season
Tottenham Hotspur have scored the bulk of their goals in the 61-75 and 76-90 minute brackets
Liverpool have scored the majority of their goals in the 46-60 and 61-75 minute brackets
Tottenham Hotspur have opened the scoring in 28% of their matches
Liverpool have scored first in 57% of their matches
Tottenham Hotspur 2010/11 top scorer: Van der Vaart, 6
Liverpool 2010/11 top scorer: Torres, 5
Tottenham Hotspur 2010/11 Season Form: P14 W6 D4 L4 GF21 GA19 Pts 22 (6th)
Liverpool 2010/11 Season Form: P14 W5 D4 L5 GF16 GA17 Pts 19 (9th)