Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: Poch Out to Stop Early Pacesetters
The Premier League is back with a bang following the international break. Saturday lunchtime’s serving sees Tottenham Hotspur host Liverpool at Wembley Stadium – kick-off: 12:30 – as fifth plays first, in what promises to be a cracking contest.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were rightly lauded following their second-half demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford at the end of August, but their inconsistencies showed in their 2-1 defeat against Watford, to leave the Lilywhites three points off the pace.
The bookmakers believe that Liverpool are the only realistic challenger to Manchester City this season, and so far, those beliefs are proving true. The Reds have rolled off four successive victories, and conceded just one goal, as Jurgen Klopp looks to bring the title back to Merseyside following 28 years of waiting.
This game promises to be an entertaining fixture with two teams who love to play attractive, attacking football. Goals also look likely, as this contest has the potential to be one of the matches of the season.
As an indication of Liverpool’s resurgence, the Reds are favourites with the odds makers to prevail in this contest, and can be backed at the best industry price, at the time of writing of 77/50 with MarathonBet.
Following a slow start at their adopted home, Tottenham are a formidable outfit at Wembley Stadium and MarathonBet’s offer of 191/100 for a ‘home win’ will surely attract punters. The Draw can be taken with Unibet, who have the stalemate priced up at 45/17.
Recent fixtures between the two teams have proven to be close affairs. Just one game in the last seven meetings – a 4-1 win for Spurs at Wembley last October – has seen the game decided by more than one goal, with four of those ending in stalemate.
Preference is again for the draw here, with both teams content in taking a share of the spoils, in a game where both dare not lose.
Individual Goal Scorers
Some of the finest strikers in the Premier League will be on show on Saturday lunchtime, as the First Goalscorer and Anytime Goalscorer markets are likely to prove very popular with punters.
Tottenham and England captain, Harry Kane is the market leader to open the scoring in this game, and the forward can be backed with Unibet and 888Sport at the best industry price of 39/10 to break the deadlock. Kane has already scored two from his opening four games, as most of Tottenham’s scoring hopes rest with their talisman.
Liverpool, by contrast, have an attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who have torn apart some of the most rigid defensive units in recent months.
Salah is the obvious starting point as the Egyptian attacker is a best-priced 43/10 – again with Unibet and 888Sport to open the scoring. Firmino and Mane are both 7/1 chances with Betway, with marginal preference for the Senegalese striker, Mane, who has hit the ground running this season, with four in his first four league games.
Others at bigger prices to consider include recent Premier League Player of the Month for August, Lucas Moura, who can be taken at 17/2 with Unibet and 888Sport. Christian Eriksen is a 10/1 chance with BetBright and BetFred, while James Milner could be of interest at a generally available 18/1.
Other Side Bets
As already stated in this preview, goals do look likely in my view, and it seems as though the bookmakers tend to agree. 10Bet and Sport Pesa go the short, but best price, of 5/9 on Both Teams to Score in this game. It is a short-priced selection, but a likely winner.
Similarly, Over 2.5 Goals in the game is another potential short-priced winner, but with slightly better value. MarathonBet and 188Bet go 4/6 for three goals or more to be scored in the game.
In the hope of trying to find some value, we cast our net further to find the Match Result and Both Teams to Score market. We believe that both teams will score and the contest will end in a draw. Ladbrokes and Boylesports offer 16/5 on this particular outcome, which offers more value than the above selections.
Our Correct Score offering for this game is a highly entertaining 2-2 draw. I have to be honest to say that I’m a little disappointed at the odds for this scoreline, with 188Bet offering the top price of just 23/2. It does highlight even further that goals are very likely in the standout fixture of the Premier League weekend.
- Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – Match Result Draw – with Unibet at 45/17
- Both Teams to Score and Match to end in a draw at 16/5 with Ladbrokes
- Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool Correct Score bet at 23/2 with 188Bet.