Without doubt, the biggest game of the weekend is taking place at Anfield where two teams battling for Champions League qualification meet in the shape of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Both teams come into this game off the back of impressive midweek victories and with just five points separating them in the race for the top four. Spurs comfortably won the last time these two sides met, a 4-1 win at Wembley Stadium, and manager Mauricio Pochettino would love a repeat of that result on Sunday.
When: 4:00PM, Sunday, February 4th, 2018
Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Liverpool ended their run of back to back defeats with a comfortable 3-0 win against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night. Emre Can opened the scoring with a deflected effort before a smart finish from Roberto Firmino made it 2-0. Top scorer Mohamed Salah made it 3-0 in the second half from the penalty spot on a comfortable night for The Reds. Record signing Virgin van Dijk is likely to come back into the Liverpool starting line up on Sunday after being rested for the midweek win over Huddersfield Town, but the game will come too soon for midfielder Adam Lallana.
Spurs picked up a massive 2-0 win against Manchester United on Wednesday night with Christian Eriksen and a Phil Jones own goal giving them an impressive victory. That win allowed Spurs to keep the pressure on the sides above them and they are now just five points behind Chelsea and Liverpool in the race for the top four. New signing Lucas Moura may be named on the substitutes bench for this game, whilst Serge Aurier and Harry Winks are fit again for Spurs.
- Liverpool have lost just one of their last 23 home matches against Spurs.
- Spurs have won just four of their last 97 away games against the traditional top four sides.
- The two top scorers in the Premier League face off against each other in this game as Mohamed Salah (19) and Harry Kane (21) take to the field.
There’s always goals when these two sides meet and I’m not expecting that to change on Sunday. You feel that Liverpool would take a draw if offered one before kick off here, but I believe that this Liverpool side can only play in one way and that is to attack. Spurs have a horrible record away from home against the big sides and with Liverpool boasting a strong home record, I’m backing The Reds in this one.
Betting Tips (Coral)
Liverpool start this game as favourites at odds of 21/20, whilst an away win for Spurs is priced up at 23/10, with the draw available at 27/10. As you can see, the bookies think this is going to be a tight one and I tend to agree. There’s usually goals when these two sides meet and the 1/2 price on BTTS reflects that. A better bet could well be Liverpool to win and BTTS at 5/2 and that would be my pick for this game.
Liverpool to win and BTTS (Yes) – 5/2 (Coral)