Bryan’s Premier Picks, Part Two: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

Written by on January 10, 2020

Premier League Picks: Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur 

Can the Spurs break the winning streak of the Reds?

 

One of the most attractive games of the matchday 22 of the Premier League is the one that will face Tottenham against Liverpool.

The Spurs arrive at this match after getting a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup. The team didn’t show their best performance at this match, in fact, Middlesbrough hit first with the goal of Ashley Fletcher. The Spurs managed to recover and score thanks to Lucas Moura.

This result did not leave José Mourinho happy at all, who said the following after the match:

“It was a frustrating afternoon, but we were losing against a team who defends with a lot of souls and a lot of bodies, and us without a target man who we could organize behind. We were the team who had the chances, and we missed an easy last ball, and we should win it”.

In addition to the disappointing result of the FA Cup, Tottenham has not reaped good results in the league where he tied with Norwich 2-2 and lost against Southampton 1-0.

Despite being underperforming, the Spurs are a strong team,they currently occupy the 6th position in the table and are fighting hard for the Champions League positions. However, the biggest enemy of the Spurs is not the other Premier teams at this time, are the injuries. It was recently announced that Harry Keane will be off the field until April after undergoing surgery. Keane joins the Spurs’ injured list that includes some essential players like Moussa Sissoko and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

In the absence of key players, much of the responsibility to get a good result on Saturday’s game will be carried by Jan Vertonghen, who must stop the trident of Mane, Salah, and Firmino. Vertonghen has an average of winning 74.02 of his defensive duels this season and has managed to win 64.29 of his tackles.

At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium comes a Liverpool that seems unstoppable. Nothing seems to stop the Reds, not even the trip to the FIFA Club World Cup or the tight schedule of Boxing Day. By the way, the Boxing daymatches hit hard on several teams, with a resulting in 53 injured players during the end of the year games.

Jürgen Klopp’s team is undefeated at the top of the table. It has a run of 5 consecutive games won without receiving a goal in all competitions. And they look for their 12th consecutive victory in Premier.

Prediction

A draw is possible if Mourinho decides to play conservatively, and all the team defends for 90 minutes. But this is not Mou’s style, and we know he will go out on the field looking to win. Draw +338

A victory of the Spurs against Liverpool is what Mourinho needs to maintain the team’s aspirations to achieve a Champions League position at the end of the season. Winning would be the ego boost that can lift the team and the fans after the bad results of the last dates. The problem is that Mourinho will have to make many adjustments to his team due to injuries. A victory of Tottenham does not look very possible. Tottenham + 376

Although there are many dates still to play, it can be said that Liverpool is the virtual champion of the Premier League, since no team has found the formula to defeat them. The team arrives at the game against Tottenham with a sky-high ego after winning the FIFA Club World Cup only a few weeks ago. A Liverpool victory is almost certain for this match. Liverpool -146

 


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