Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur: Reds Face Lilywhites with Both Teams Desperate for Points
Several of the England stars who helped to give Gareth Southgate’s side an excellent start to their Euro 2020 campaign return to league action at Anfield on Sunday afternoon – kick: off 16:30 BST – as Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur, in an incredibly important fixture for both teams.
Liverpool currently lead reigning Premier League champions Manchester City by two points in the league standings, but Pep Guardiola’s side has one game in hand, and what can be deemed as a more winnable fixture this weekend against relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday lunchtime.
Jurgen Klopp’s side can ill-afford to drop points against Tottenham, who themselves are desperate for points in their quest to remain in pole position for the Premier League Top Four and qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Spurs have gained just one point in their last four league outings, and with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea breathing down the neck of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, this is a game that neither team can afford to lose for contrasting reasons.
Event Date: March 31, 2019
Liverpool are the bookmakers’ favourites to claim the spoils on home soil, and Unibet is the place to get the best available odds on Jurgen Klopp’s side at 8/13. The Draw is next best at 16/5 with William Hill and 888 Sport, while a victory for Spurs can be taken with BetFred and BetDaq at the best industry odds of 5/1.
Following the recent International break, it is tricky to place a solid bearing on recent league form of the two teams in relation to this fixture. Liverpool’s home form this season has been nothing short of excellent. The Reds have dropped just four points on a fifteen game unbeaten league run so far this season in their quest for their maiden Premier League crown.
Home advantage could well play a big part in this game on Sunday afternoon. Tottenham’s recent performances have not been at the same level recently as they were earlier this season, but the concern is that how will Spurs cope against the fast attacking style of Liverpool, who look to be deserving favourites in this game in front of their own supporters.
Individual Goal Scorers
The usual suspects are at the head of the betting in this market, with Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah being a top-priced 4/1 with Betway to score first. Perhaps a little more surprisingly, Tottenham’s top scorer, Harry Kane is far weaker in this market to open the scoring – at 13/2, with SportingBet.
Both players, along with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (5/1 with 10Bet and SportPesa) are locked on 17 Premier League goals in the race for the Golden Boot, while fellow Liverpool striker, Roberto Firmino is a 6/1 chance with Betway.
Tottenham have a fine supporting cast to compliment Harry Kane. South Korean forward, Son Heung-Min is a best priced 9/1 shot with Bethard to silence the Anfield faithful, while fellow attacker, Dele Alli can be backed at 11/1 with the same firm. Danish midfielder, Christian Eriksen should also be worthy of consideration at a generally available 16/1.
The player who takes my eye though at bigger odds is Virgil van Dijk. The world’s most expensive defender has been in fantastic form all season, and he is the obvious favourite for the Player of The Year. The 20/1 on offer with the likes of Ladbrokes is too big to pass up on, as the big Dutchman is almost un-defendable at set-pieces. SportingBet also offer 8/1 on van Dijk to score any time as a lively alternative.
Other Side Bets
Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals look to be very plausible outcomes for this game with so much attacking talent, and most importantly, intent to win the match. BTTS can be had with several firms including William Hill, Betfred and Betway at 8/11, which isn’t the most appealing price ever seen, but it does look to be a likely winner.
Over 2.5 Goals is a similarly un-lucrative choice at 18/25 with BetFred – for another short-priced option.
My main bet for this game is for Liverpool to Win the Match and Both Teams to Score. The 11/5 on offer with Betfred looks to be solid value for the home side to win the game, and provided that Tottenham can score against a strong Liverpool rear guard.
A 2-1 Liverpool Correct Score bet is also worthy of consideration at the stand out price of 7/1 with Unibet and Coral, in what promises to be an attacking, entertaining fixture.
- Liverpool to Win the Match and Both Teams To Score at 11/5 with Betfred
- Virgil van Dijk To Score at Anytime at 8/1 with SportingBet
- Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Correct Score Bet at 8/1 with Unibet