Tottenham vs Liverpool preview, betting tips and prediction: Kane to prove the difference in tight affair
Tottenham to win and BTTS @ 11/4 with Betfair
Harry Kane to score first and Tottenham win @ 7/2 with Betfair
Score draw @ 7/2 with Betfair
On their day, both Liverpool and Tottenham are among the best teams to watch in Europe. They share a high energy philosophy with brilliant movement in attack and are impossible to contain for most defences. Yet, it has not all been going to plan for either of them. Before hitting six past Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday, the Reds had only won once in eight games, while Mauricio Pochettino’s side only won their first ‘home’ game at Wembley over Bournemouth last week.
On paper, this is among the best games in the Premier League and it shapes up nicely. Spurs’ problem at Wembley is it is not a place to be feared for away sides, who go there and enjoy the chance to play at such a famous stadium. It will be nothing new to Liverpool, who have played there many times before; Jurgen Klopp’s side will also not sit back and defend deep like every team that has gone there so far. This game may just be the one Tottenham have been waiting for at Wembley.
The battles out wide will be so intriguing because the flanks play such a key role in how both sides set up. Liverpool look to stretch the pitch with Mohamed Salah and, when he’s fit, Sadio Mane, whereas Tottenham like to flood central areas in attack and allow their full backs, Ben Davies and Serge Aurier to create an outlet. Danny Rose is returning from a long-term injury to give Pochettino a headache, so it’ll be interesting to see who he selects.
Liverpool will find more joy on the counter attack, but with so little protection for the defence in midfield and the high line making them susceptible to mistakes at the back, they are likely to be under pressure. Playing three at the back with Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen will give Spurs a good base to control the game, and with their midfield so strong, there will not be much space for either Roberto Firmino or Daniel Sturridge, whomever Klopp picks to lead the attack.
Harry Kane failed to score against Bournemouth last week, but he remains in fantastic form, so is always the best bet to back as FGS; 7/2 seems generous from Betfair, but goals are likely in this one given how both teams set up, so definitely look at the BTTS markets.
Key battle: Philippe Coutinho vs Serge Aurier
This game will most likely come down to who utilises the flanks better. Since Mane got injured, Salah has moved across to the right-hand side and Philippe Coutinho has stepped in on the left. He will create different problems for Spurs and Aurier because he will look to cut inside.
Whilst Aurier is undoubtedly a very good player, he is weaker in defence than attack and has tendencies to rush into tackles. With that in mind, Liverpool will look to target him. When Coutinho does drift, Alberto Moreno will get forward to maintain the width. Doubling up could give Liverpool a lot of joy, but they do not want to commit too often, with the likes of Christian Eriksen able to make the most of the vacated space up field.