Story So Far –
Tottenham’s start to the new season has been fairly good if not spectacular after collecting 4 points from two fixtures. The season opener at Goodison Park was far from convincing as Ronald Koeman’s new look Toffee side showed immense character to share the spoils. Mauricio Pochettino did manage to bag all three points against Pardew’s Palace but their performance was for from convincing. Spurs coach has warned that they are still some way from playing their best football this season as the Argentinian continues to fiddle with Kane-Janssen-Alli to add goals in his strike force alongside working on the fitness level of his squad as they look to embark on a season of Champions League Football where they have been drawn in Group E alongside Monaco, Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow.
Liverpool started the season going heavy metal at Emirates with an impressive 4-3 victory against Arsene Wenger’s side. But all hopes of the elusive Premier League title came shattering down as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against the newly promoted Clarets side. Mane’s injury certainly affected the team devoid of incisive attacking threat despite enjoying more than 80% possession throughout the game. The Senegalese was back alright for the EFL Cup match against Burton Albion alongside debutant Joel Matip as Liverpool cruised past the Championship side with a 5-0 victory. Jurgen Klopp and fans alike are desperately looking for consistency as Klopp and Co. prepare for their first full season in charge and he will settle for nothing less than three points from this fixture heading into the International break, with the points proving even more valuable coming off their potential top 4 rivals.
Saturday, 27th August 2016
12:30 British Time, 17:00 Indian Standard Time
White Hart Lane, London (Capacity- 36,284)
Head to Head
- Total Matches Played – 149
- Tottenham Win – 42
- Liverpool Win – 69
- Matches Drawn – 38
- Last Season (0-0 at White Hart Lane, 1-1 at Anfield)
- Moussa Dembele serves the fifth game of a six-match ban.
- Kevin Wimmer returns after injury.
- Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains sidelined by a hamstring injury, should return at Stoke on 10 September.
- Dele Alli will return to the Tottenham line-up after recovering from illness.
- Midfielder Emre Can is doubtful with an ankle injury.
- Divock Origi will be assessed after suffering cramp against Burton.
- Sadio Mane missed the defeat to Burnley last weekend with a shoulder injury but returned in midweek and is available.
- Midfielder Philippe Coutinho is doubtful with a stiff hamstring and might not be risked.
- Loris Karius, Joe Gomez, Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva are still on the sidelines.
“They [Liverpool] are quick, they have good organisation, they love to counter-attack. It’s different to us. We like to manage the ball, play in possession, play in the opposition’s half – we are a different team with a different philosophy. It’ll be tough – they come from a difficult loss against Burnley and they’ll want to give their best.”
“They [Tottenham] are absolutely convinced about their way and their style of play. They didn’t change too much and they have high individual quality. At the end they need to play against us and this game can be completely different to the last two games we played, the whole situation on the pitch will be different. They are a pressing team, a high-pressure team, so we need to know about this. They don’t give away a lot of spaces but there are spaces, of course.”
- Erik Lamela (Tottenham) :
Erik Lamela took a while to adjust to the pace, power and rigours of the Premier League, having joined Spurs from Roma for £30million in 2013. The Argentinian improved by leaps and bounds last season and looks likely to go up another gear in 2016/17 after having scored on the opening day at Everton. Gifted with a wand of a left foot, creativity and unpredictability, Lamela will be a real threat cutting in from the right.
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool) :
The Senegal International has displayed his prowess in the Liverpool shirt twice in London already (Wembley against Barca and Emirates against Arsenal) and will be the one to watch out for again. Klopp missed him dearly on the flanks in a rather uninspiring defeat against Burnley last week and Mane showed his worth straightaway with a stupendous performance in the EFL Cup game against Burton Albion. Blessed with electric pace, a bag full of tricks and an eye for goal, Mane will be a constant threat for the Spurs defence both on and off the ball.
- Tottenham are winless in their last seven league games against Liverpool, losing five of those matches and conceding a total of 19 goals.
- Games between these sides have produced 9 own goals – more than any other fixture.
Liverpool have scored the most Premier League goals in 2016 so far (45), but they have also conceded 33 (the sixth most).
Harry Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in the month of August, despite playing nine games and 545 minutes on the pitch in this month.
Simon Mignolet has conceded the last five shots that he has faced on target in the Premier League since saving the penalty from Theo Walcott against Arsenal.
Both teams have similar footballing philosophy and will go all guns blazing. We expect a cracker of a football match. The high pressing game of Spurs will somehow favor Liverpool who struggle against teams that sit back. Dier and Wanyama in the middle might make the Spurs lineup rather too defensive at home. We expect both teams to score in what looks to be yet another 1-1 draw.
But don’t be surprised if Liverpool snatch away all the three points from this fixture like they did against Arsenal.