This is a season for the ages for Liverpool. It would take a massive collapse for the Reds to miss out on their first league title in over three decades, and they have been more impressive than any other team in Premier League history through the first half of this year’s campaign. Liverpool are 19-1-0 with their lone draw coming on the road against Manchester United, and this club hasn’t lost a league match in over a year. Tottenham Hotspur are looking to break up Liverpool’s bid of joining the immortals from Arsenal and Preston North End as unbeaten teams over the course of a single season, potentially using that as a launching point to secure a top four finish.
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Tottenham Hotspur +343
Tottenham Hotspur fans were hoping this would be their season to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for Premier League supremacy, but those hopes are out the window. Spurs are fighting to even finish in fourth place so that they can return to the Champions League next year, and this club has a paltry 8-6-7 record despite having a huge payroll. Three wins in their first 12 matches led to long-time manager Mauricio Pochettino being given his walking papers, and he was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho had initial success with this club, winning four of his first five matches as manager, but Spurs have won just once in their last five games against English opponents. To make matters worse, talisman Harry Kane will miss at least two months after tearing a hamstring in the first match of the new year, so Tottenham might have to struggle to even make Europa League.
It’s all been smooth sailing for Liverpool. The Reds were a little lucky at the start of this season, coming from behind in the second half to steal multiple wins, but they have been in incredible form over the last month or so. They have held opponents scoreless in five straight domestic matches, and they have the best goal differential in the league.
Liverpool have allowed just 14 goals in 20 matches, Alisson has been exceptional, leading the league in adjusted save percentage, and the back line is nigh impenetrable with reigning UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Virgil van Dilk calling the shots.
Kane’s injury is the most important one for Spurs. He has been the best player on the team for the last half-decade, and Tottenham will surely miss his presence over the coming weeks. This offseason’s major signing Tanguy Ndombele is banged up too and will miss this match, and Moussa Sissoka, Danny Rose, and Ben Davies are out as well. Hugo Lloris is expected to return to duty in the next week or two though, and Spurs desperately need their best goaltender back in action.
Nathaniel Clyne is a long-term injury for Liverpool after tearing his ACL over the summer, and Fabio Tavares will still need some time to return too. Naby Keita and James Milner are both expected to miss this match, and Dejan Lovren is doubtful. Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri are both questionable to see the pitch.
Matchup to Watch
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane remain as formidable as ever, and Tottenham’s back line will have a hard time shutting them down. Salah and Mane have combined to tally 21 goals in league play this season, while Spurs have allowed the most goals of any contender with 30 goals surrendered this campaign.
Free Soccer Betting Pick
Given the Kane injury and the trouble on defense, it’s hard to pick Spurs to pull off the upset. Liverpool are unbeaten for a reason, and they will remain so on the road.
English Premier League Odds: Liverpool 3, Tottenham Hotspur 1
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