Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool 15 September 18

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Match Day 5
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur:   
Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.95
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.95
Top Scorer 17/18: Harry Kane (30)
 
Liverpool:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.21
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.00
Top Scorer 17/18: Mohamed Salah (32)

The Premier League is back this coming weekend following the international break and its back with a bang with this battle of the big hitters at Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham had their 100% start to the season ruined last time out when giving up a lead to be beaten at Watford. They will be looking to bounce back.

Liverpool meanwhile sit atop the table at this early stage, with four wins from four, and whilst this will represent their toughest assignment to date they will head to the capital full of confidence.

Tottenham must do without Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli for this one. The unfortunate Adam Lallana joins Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the side-lines for Liverpool.

Spurs held the edge in this fixture last season, drawing 2-2 at Anfield and winning this game 4-1.


Mauricio Pochettino wasn't happy with the defensive effort put in by his Spurs players last time out at Watford. As such an encounter with possibly the best attacking side - other than Manchester City - in the Premier League, may not have been high on his wish list. Despite those misgivings from the manager, we would still hold that defence is one of Tottenham's key areas of strength. The absence of Lloris and Alli may not be easy to overcome though and we see the Red's just edging this.


Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 2 Liverpool


Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  9 - 12
Shots on target: 3 - 9
Corner Kicks: 5 - 4
Possession: 57% - 43%

No bookings in this one as referee Michael Oliver kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

The final score line would suggest that this was a close game. In truth it really wasn't as Liverpool probably should have run out very comfortable winners as they put up an excellent away performance.

Playing with advanced full backs, Tottenham looked vulnerable to conceding a goal almost every time Liverpool were in possession, struggling throughout to deal with the pace of the visitors counter attacks.

It had looked to be a matter of time, but Liverpool finally did take the lead in the 39th minute. James Milner's corner from the left seeing Georginio Wijnaldum rise highest to head towards the top corner. Michael Worm attempted to claw the ball away and initially the goal wasn't given by the referee of linesman, but goal line technology alerted the arbiter to the fact the ball had clearly crossed the line. A first Premier League away goal for the Dutchman at the 58th time of asking. 0-1 at the break.

The second came in the 54th minute. Sadio Mané's low cross from the left initially being diverted onto the post by Jan Vertinghen before squirming through the hands of Worm and allowing Roberto Firminho to tap in from almost on the line.

Liverpool weren't able to build on that lead despite numerous chances, setting up a potentially nervy finale should spurs get a goal back.

They did get that goal back but not until the 93rd minute. Substitute Erik Lamela chesting a left-wing corner up into the air at the back post before volleying into the bottom left corner from a tight angle. 1-2 final score. Liverpool five wins from five.

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