The EPL games keep coming thick and fast, and fans could be in for a treat when Tottenham collides with Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Two teams in transition
This season has seen a stark change in fortunes for both sides, with Tottenham currently third, while Liverpool have declined, and they are ninth in the table, 15 points adrift of the early pacesetters Arsenal. Jurgen Klopp has come under increased scrutiny, and he had to fend off some tricky questions after his side’s stunning 2-1 defeat at home to Leeds last weekend. Meanwhile, Tottenham haven’t always produced the most exciting brand of football under Antonio Conte, however, they enjoyed an exhilarating 3-2 win away to Bournemouth last time out.
Naturally, as one of the EPL’s most storied fixtures, there are a few fascinating stats to bear in mind:
- Liverpool have only fired blanks in one of their past 20 EPL meetings with Tottenham (a 0-0 draw in October 2015) when Klopp took charge.
- Tottenham haven’t tasted victory over Liverpool in any of their past nine EPL games – a record that stretches back to October 2017 when they won 4-1 on that day.
- This will be the first time in five years that Tottenham will be hosting Liverpool while above them in the table.
- No side has registered more shots than Liverpool this season (2012). However, their shot conversion rate, which stands at a meager 10.9% rate, is their lowest in a campaign since 2015/16.
But how will things transpire this time? As this game will take top billing, you can expect to find US online betting sites scrambling around to advertise the best odds. And to build up anticipation levels, we have provided a full match preview as well as a few tips before kick-off.
Liverpool to brush aside Tottenham
While it has been a turbulent campaign for Liverpool, it can be said that Tottenham are far from assured at times under Conte. A hallmark of their style of play recently has been their slow starts, and they have often given themselves a mountain to climb in games. Yes, Tottenham have tried to make themselves tougher to break down, but Liverpool, when on form, can press quickly and beseige teams.
Tottenham have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their past eight league outings, and Liverpool will want to produce a statement performance to remind everyone that they can be a force to be reckoned with. Of course, the Reds camp will have been reeling from the manner of their defeat to Leeds, and visits to north London in the past have provided joy.
This could well be a tough afternoon for Tottenham and Liverpool could pocket all three points. If you wish to gravitate towards the Moneyline, then Liverpool is trading at a tempting-looking +115 with DraftKings to come away with the win if you wish to follow up on that.
Capital gains for Darwin Nunez
From what we have seen of Darwin Nunez, he certainly appears to be a star in making. After an inconsistent start to life on Merseyside, which included a dismissal against Crystal Palace in August, the 23-year-old has bounced back well. At times, he has tormented opposing defenders with his pace, power, and movement, and he could ask serious questions of the Tottenham defense. To underline his blistering pace, Nunez has clocked a speed of 36.53km per hour, which makes him faster than the likes of Erling Haaland and Gabriel Martinelli.
Nunez has also started to score goals in clusters, and he has netted five times in his past seven matches in all competitions. More intriguingly, Nunez’s three EPL goals this term have come against London opposition — Fulham, Arsenal, and West Ham — so he will be seeking more capital gains. There have been occasions where he has outshone Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and Nunez could have a major impact on this game.
For those that have a penchant for betting on the goalscorer markets, FanDuel is pricing Nunez at what may seem like a rather long +500 to break the deadlock.
Racking up the corners
Liverpool can be quite expansive and there will be moments when they might be encamped in Tottenham’s half. Although Tottenham are fine exponents of counter-attacking, Liverpool could well be dominant in most departments of the game, and this may well certainly be the case in the corner count. If you like the Over/Under section for the corners market, then FanDuel is advertising odds of +360 for Liverpool to gain Over 8.5 corners during the 90 minutes which is worth pursuing.