Tottenham match preview

Liverpool:

 

Liverpool are unbeaten in 9 consecutive games now and will go into the 4th round of the EFL cup against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday with full confidence that they can beat them. Liverpool’s most recent win was in the premier league against West Brom (2-1) as the reds showed a dominant display; running riot during the match. Despite conceding a goal at a set-piece, Liverpool will be relatively happy as it was the only shot on target for West Brom in the entire game. Liverpool should’ve had a few more goals in the game, but the most important thing is the 3 points and that’s all that matters at this stage of the season.

The EFL clash against Spurs will be held at Anfield which should give Liverpool the edge because of the atmosphere playing a part as the 12th man. Tottenham should fear coming to Anfield as Liverpool haven’t lost a game at their home stadium in 14 consecutive matches. This will be playing on the mind of Tottenham fans and despite their great form, they will be extremely nervous about this match come Tuesday.
Tottenham Hotspur:

 

Tottenham are still unbeaten in England this 2016/17 season however, they have lost in Europe already. Tottenham’s most recent result was against Bournemouth as the Cherries held on to snatch a point, whilst Tottenham will see it as losing 2 points rather then gaining 1. If Tottenham lose on Tuesday then Liverpool will be the first team to beat them in England this season and Spurs will be aware of how difficult the match will be as Liverpool have been in tremendous form recently, sitting 1 point above Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League Table. Both Tottenham and Liverpool will know that one team will have to lose on Tuesday and one teams unbeaten streak will be broken. Will that be Tottenham… or will it be Liverpool?

Can Liverpool be the first team in England to beat Tottenham Hotspur this season?

Liverpool’s run in the EFL cup so far:

23rd August 2016- Burton Albion 0-5 Liverpool
D. Origi 15’               D. Sturridge 78’ 83’
R. Firmino 22’
T. Naylor 61’ (OG)

20th September 2016- Derby County 0-3 Liverpool
R. Klavan 24’
P. Coutinho 50’
D. Origi 54’
Tottenham’s run in the EFL cup so far:

21st September 2016- Tottenham 5 – 0 Gillingham
C. Eriksen 31’ 48’        E. Lamela 68’
V. Janssen 51’ (pen)
J. Onomah 65’
Key battle:

Phillipe Coutinho (LIV) vs Heung-Min Son (TOT)

Coutinho-

 

Phillipe Coutinho has been pivotal to this Liverpool team so far this year. He is our top scorer with 5 goals (in all competitions) and has also got 2 assists to his name. His creativity, imagination and inventiveness provides a lot of problems for opposition teams because he is unpredictable and able to turn a game on its head in a click of a finger. His ability to score goals from anywhere on the pitch will be a cause for concern for Tottenham as they will have to be very weary of his exceptional talent.

Son-

 

Heung-Min Son has matched Coutinho’s impressive and excellent form so far this season as he has also bagged himself 5 goals; (in all competitions) also contributing to 2 assists. Son won the player of the month for Tottenham in September and I’m sure this has given him the belief to continue his outstanding performances week in week out. Liverpool should be concerned about Son because he has arguably been Tottenham’s best player so far this season and with Harry Kane still out, Son has risen to the occasion in his absence.

Team news:

Liverpool-

Jordan Henderson

 

Henderson will unfortunately miss the EFL cup tie against Tottenham on Tuesday due to a suspension after being handed his 5th yellow card of the season, giving him a 1 game ban. This may have been a tactical decision from Liverpool for Henderson to get his 5th yellow card because maybe he wasn’t in Klopp’s plans to start the EFL game on Tuesday anyway. Therefore a 1 game ban will ensure his participation in the following game which will be a Premier League encounter against Crystal Palace.

Georginio Wijnaldum

 

Wijnaldum wasn’t quite fit enough to be able to start against West Brom last Saturday as he was brought in on the 79’. Georginio should be 100% fit on Tuesday and ready for the EFL tie against Tottenham. Wijnaldum has been exceptional this year with his work rate and will be keen to get back into the side as soon as possible. Perhaps a cup game is the perfect opportunity?

Liverpool should not expect Jurgen Klopp to make changes for the fun of it on Tuesday as he always expresses his eagerness to win cup competitions; saying they are very important competitions. This means a strong team should be in present against Tottenham with perhaps a couple of changes to the team.

Tottenham-

Harry Kane will not quite be ready in time for Tuesday after suffering an ankle injury last month against Sunderland. Kane is now back in training, nearing a come back. It is believed that Kane could be involved in their next Premier League game against Leicester City. However, nothing is ensured so don’t get your hopes up Tottenham fans.

Moussa Sissoko could face a ban of up to 3 games if he is found guilty of violent misconduct in an incident that occurred on Saturday 22nd October 2016 against Bournemouth. It appeared that Sissoko elbowed Harry Arter (Bournemouth) and the referee failed to see the incident. If the panel vote that the incident was a red card and it’s an unanimous decision then Sissoko will retrospectively be charged with a 3 game ban, meaning he could miss the EFL game against Liverpool. Tottenham have until Tuesday 25th October 2016 to appeal.

Toby Alderweireld sustained a minor knee injury against West Brom 2 weeks ago and is a major doubt for the match up with Liverpool this Tuesday. However, he should be back to feature against Leicester in Tottenham’s next Premier League match up.

Predicted Line-ups:

Liverpool- (4-3-3)
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno/Milner, Wijnaldum, Stewart, Grujic, Firmino, Origi, Mane.

Tottenham- (4-2-3-1)
Vorm, trippier, Vertongen, wimmer, Davies, Alli, Dier, Lamela, Son, Eriksen, Janssen

Match Prediction: I predict an end-to-end game this Tuesday with a close match on the horizon. Klopp and Pochettino are both very clever managers and will know how difficult this game will be for each other. I predict that Liverpool will edge the game with a victory after extra time (1-1 after 90’ and 2-1 AET). Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be the difference with perhaps the most intimidating attacking trio in the Barclays Premier League.

Anfield Edition Predict:
Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham (AET)

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