Liverpool To Face Spurs in Wednesday’s Top of the Table EPL Showdown

After what was a disappointing weekend for the teams at the top of the table, with only Leicester City in the hunt recording a win, the Premier League’s top teams don’t have too much time to dwell on a less than stellar set of performances as from Tuesday night, there is another set of matches in the Premier League with a rare midweek round of fixtures for matchday 13.

Leicester, Southampton, West Ham and Everton were the main beneficiaries of a weekend that saw Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd and Manchester City all either draw, or in the case of Chelsea, lose. Indeed, with Arsenal also losing at home to Burnley, none of the ‘big six’ in the Premier League managed to win last weekend.

This sets us up for an intriguing midweek set of games which is the start of the busy festive period of games for teams with some still also involved in the Carabao Cup Quarterfinals (to be played on the 22nd and 23rd December next week) as well as most teams having five league games between now and the first few days of the New Year.

The big game this week and the one that will attract the most betting for sure is the clash at Anfield where the two teams separated by goal difference only, Liverpool and Tottenham will meet with a place at the top of the table on offer for the victor. If you would like to have a bet on the outcome of this clash between the EPL’s top two, and you need somewhere to join to do that, then the place to head is the latest bet365 New Player Bonus.

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Let’s now quickly preview all the games taking place this week in the Premier League before we bring you our preview and tips of the top of the table clash at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Premier League Matchday 13

All kick off times are 8pm unless stated otherwise. In the UK all games are being covered live by Amazon Prime.

Tuesday 15th December

  • Wolves v Chelsea (6pm)
  • Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion

Wednesday 16th December

  • Arsenal v Southampton (6pm)
  • Leeds United v Newcastle United (6pm)
  • Leicester City v Everton (6pm)
  • Fulham v Brighton
  • Liverpool v Tottenham
  • West Ham v Crystal Palace

Thursday 17th December

  • Aston Villa v Burnley (6pm)
  • Sheffield United v Manchester United

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur Preview

Spurs and Liverpool are in the top two positions in the Premier League, both have 25 points, one clear of Leicester City in third, all of whom have played 12 games so far. Both teams have a 7-4-1 record, but Tottenham’s goal difference of +14 is five better than Liverpool’s of +9. It is a clash also between the team with the best attack in the Premier League (Liverpool, with 27 goals scored) taking on the best defence (Spurs, with just 10 goals conceded).

It is also a clash between two of the most colourful managers in the game today. The effusive, enthusiastic and fearless Jurgen Klopp taking on the tactical brilliance and cold-headed clarity of Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.

Over recent years with Chelsea and, to a lesser extent, Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has delighted in taking his team to Anfield and ‘parking the bus’ to grind out results. However, is his Spurs team going to play that way, especially against a Liverpool side that has been decimated by injuries and who could have as many as nine first team squad men out injured for the game?

Current Form and Historical Data

Liverpool have won all five of their home games against Tottenham and they have not tasted defeat at Anfield in the Premier League in 65 games. A record that goes back to April 23rd 2017. However, this season Spurs are unbeaten away from home (won 4, drew 2) and have racked up impressive wins away to Southampton (5-2) and Manchester United (6-1) amongst that six-game run.

The teams have met 175 times in their history with Liverpool landing 85 wins, Spurs 48 and 42 games have been drawn. However, Tottenham have won just one of their last 17 games against Liverpool (a 4-1 win back in October 2017 at home). Liverpool have won 12 of those games with four draws in that time too. Liverpool have also won all of the last five between the two, including the 2019 Champions League Final.

Tottenham’s last win at Anfield came back in May 2011 and before that, their last win on the ground in the Premier League was back in August 1993.

Team News

Liverpool will be without long term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for this game while the likes of Thiago, Diogo Jota and James Milner will also miss out. Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be fit after recovering from injury and there is hope that Joel Matip’s back injury that saw him withdrawn at half time against Fulham, may not be too serious to rule him out of the game.

In contrast, Spurs have a relatively fit and healthy squad to pick from for the game with Mourinho likely to give in form duo Kane and Son the chance to test the makeshift Liverpool defence in what is likely to be a team little changed from their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Liverpool Probable XI – (4-3-3) – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Matip, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Tottenham Probable XI – (4-2-3-1) – Lloris, Aurier, Reguilon, Dier, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Hobjerg, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Son, Kane.

Match Tips and Predictions

Liverpool’s struggles this season have generally come on the road and they are the only team to have a 100% home record in the Premier League this season. However, Jose Mourinho has set up teams to get a result at Anfield in the past and I think he will see Liverpool’s injury hit squad as a great opportunity for his team to make a statement here, as they did at Old Trafford when beating Man Utd 6-1.

I can’t see Spurs winning by that amount, or indeed, winning the game itself, but I do feel they will come and try and frustrate Liverpool and in doing so will probably earn themselves a share of the spoils. There haven’t been too many 0-0 games between these two over the years, so I think a 1-1 ort 2-2 draw is the most likely outcome here.

  • Full Time Result – Draw – 14/5
  • Correct Score – 1-1 is 7/1 but you can back 2-2 at 14/1
  • Draw/Both Teams to Score – 7/2

*All odds shown in this article were correct as of 8am UK Time on Monday 14th December 2020 with bet365 Sport.

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