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    Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: Match Preview

    By Tom Regan

    Mauricio Pochettino’s side welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane in Saturday’s televised 12.45pm kick off. The Argentinian will be desperate to lead his side into the top four of the Premier League and send the illustrious club back into the dizzy heights of the Champions League.

    It looked as though Manchester City were running away with the league in the opening month following five straight wins without conceding a goal, but a 2-1 home loss to West Ham United and a bruising 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane has left the title race wide open.
    Spurs made a slow start to the season after their opening loss to Manchester United, but Pochettino’s men have started to make their attacking threat count in recent weeks, scoring six goals in their last two league games.

    The north Londoner’s have not lost in their last seven Premier League matches now, winning three and drawing one of their last four. They have a 2-2-0 record at home this season, picking up two clean sheets along the way. The Lilywhites head into the fixture in 8th position, just one point above the Reds.
    Nobody has let in fewer goals than Tottenham this term having conceded just seven, but at the other end they have only managed eleven goals which is the joint-lowest of all the teams in the top nine. Harry Kane has been in scintillating form for England since making his debut, and Tottenham will hope he can transfer his international form to club level. Kane is 6/4 to score at anytime with bet365.

    Pochettino is without a host of players, with the main problems coming in midfield. Eric Dier has been in outstanding form so far, but he is suspended after clocking up five yellow cards. Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard are sidelined, and South Korean star Son Heung-min is likely to miss the rest of October with a foot injury.
    There had been much speculation about the future of Brendan Rodgers in recent months, so it came as no huge surprise that he was relieved of his duties following the 1-1 draw at Everton in the Merseyside derby.

    The Reds wasted no time in replacing Rodgers as former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was swiftly appointed. Klopp is one of the brightest minds in European football, and his arrival has injected a huge amount of optimism into everybody connected with the club.

    The Merseyside giants are 10th in the league table, but only six points behind Manchester City, and with Klopp now at the helm they will believe that finishing inside the top four is a very achievable goal. Liverpool have a 1-2-1 record away from home, scoring three and four in those games.
    The Reds are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions since a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, however five of those games have ended with a 1-1 scoreline. Goals will be high on the agenda for Klopp, with Liverpool notching up just eight so far. Only Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United have found the net fewer times to date.

    Danny Ings suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training on Wednesday, coming less than 24 hours after full-back Joe Gomez was also ruled out for the remainder of the season with the same injury. Klopp will also be without Christian Benteke (hamstring), Jordan Henderson (foot) and Roberto Firmino (back). Phillipe Coutinho (groin) and Dejan Lovren (ankle) are likely to return to the squad.  
    Dejan Lovren and Phillipe Coutinho are expected to return to action, but Jurgen Klopp will be without Jordan Henderson, Robert Firminho and Christian Benteke for his first game in charge.

    Betting Odds (bet365)
    Tottenham: 7/5
    Draw: 5/2
    Liverpool: 15/8

    Head to Head
    Liverpool have done the Premier League double over the north Londoner’s in the last two season, and in all have won five in a row against their rivals. The Lilywhites had won six in a row at White Hart Lane against the Reds before suffering 0-5 and 0-3 losses in the last two campaigns.

    My Prediction
    For a long time the Spurs defence has been suspect, but Belgium duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are forging a strong partnership, and a settled back four has helped matters. In recent years, this fixture has seen plenty of goals and in what should be an open game both teams will undoubtedly have their chances.

    The last eight meetings at White Hart Lane has produced at least three goals and there is no reason to suggest this could be any different. Liverpool will no doubt be boosted by Klopp’s arrival, but he has only had a short period of time to implement his philosophy, and for this reason I do favour the north Londoner’s to just edge a victory. However, I do believe that the Merseyside club will find the net too (both teams to score is 4/6 with bet365).
    Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Liverpool (9-1 with bet365).
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