Liverpool vs Tottenham: Worth Backing Spurs on the Asian Handicap at AnfieldPublished April 1, 2016
This game could potentially be seen as a defining one in the race for the Premier League title, with a very real possibility that Leicester City could build a near unassailable eight-point lead were Tottenham Hotspur to lose at Anfield and the Foxes then go on to beat Southampton at the King Power Stadium the following day.
Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp has been a real Jekyll and Hyde team, so Tottenham will be hoping to catch them on one of their down days. In their favour is that Liverpool face a huge Europa League quarter-final tie away to Borussia Dortmund (Tottenham’s conquerors in the last round) on Thursday and might just be distracted as a consequence.
With Liverpool seven-points shy of the top four (albeit with a game in hand), Klopp might also decide that his priorities lie in Europe and to rest one or two players with Thursday’s trip to Germany in mind. Tottenham will certainly hope so.
The reverse fixture back in October ended as a goalless draw, in what was Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool. It would certainly be fair to say that there has been a general overall progression since then, but they still lack the level of consistency that makes them trustworthy from a betting perspective. The manner of the 3-2 defeat at Southampton last time out was a fair reflection of where Liverpool currently stand.
Spurs have lost just twice on the road in the Premier League all season; 1-0 at Manchester United on the opening day and by the same scoreline at West Ham United at the beginning of March. It’s a level of consistency that makes backing them in some form at Anfield look the best option, particularly when taking into account that they possess both the best goalscoring and the best defensive records in the Premier League this season to date.
Backing Tottenham +0.25 on the Asian Handicap looks a reasonable bet, as not only would it provide a winning bet were they to be victorious, but you would get half your stake settled as a winner and the other half returned were the match to end as a draw.