Tottenham vs Liverpool: Get on Reds to rock Spurs at Wembley
Tottenham vs Liverpool Match Preview and Predictions
The pick of this weekend's games takes place at Wembley on Saturday in the early kick-off when Tottenham face Premier League leaders Liverpool.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
These two teams finished in the top three for attack in expected goals terms last season and only Manchester City and Chelsea have scored more goals than them in the current campaign.
The Reds signed off for the international break with a 2-1 win at Leicester to maintain their perfect start to the season, while Tottenham's 100% record came to an end in a 2-1 defeat at Watford.
When is it? Saturday 15th September
What time is kick-off? 12.30
Where is it being played? Wembley
Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League
Who is the referee? Michael Oliver
Tottenham vs Liverpool Betting Tips
Liverpool head into this match as Premier League leaders with four wins from four and having the best expected goals average in the early stages of the season at 2.36xG.
Tottenham's attack is looking potent once again, having scored the same number of goals as Liverpool (nine) but with an inferior expected goals average of 2.01xG - the fourth highest.
The Reds have been strong defensively so far, conceding just once at an average of 1.16xG per game, but the same can't be said for Spurs, who are 12th in the expected goals table in terms of defence (1.46xG).
Spurs hammered Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley last season but they could be without Dele Alli and Son Heung-min this weekend, so the first of Tottenham vs Liverpool predictions is Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 31/10.
Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings, and with Spurs looking slightly vulnerable at the back we're expecting goals at Wembley.
This weekend's best bets
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Mo Salah and Harry Kane scored three goals in the two matches between the sides last season and both players top the expected goals charts for their respective teams in the last 10 games, so the opening goal is likely to come from one of these two.
Both players have scored twice this season, but the Egyptian has yet to find the net away from home so Kane gets our vote to break the deadlock at 10/3.
Roberto Firmino had a quiet start to the season after his exertions at the World Cup but is starting to look sharp once again.
The Brazilian scored what turned out to be the winner at Leicester before the international break and remains Liverpool's third most threatening player in the expected goals table over the last 10 games with an aggregate of 2.4xG.
Where the game will be won or lost
This is undoubtedly the toughest test for both teams in what should be an attacking game just like the home and away fixtures from last season.
Spurs won 4-1 on their home turf and the game at Anfield had a dramatic twist as Mo Salah put the Reds in front in stoppage time, only for Harry Kane to secure a 2-2 draw with a soft-looking penalty with just seconds remaining.
Both games got off to fast starts with goals inside the opening 10 minutes which is the second of our Tottenham vs Liverpool betting tips at 31/10.
Feature match previews for this weekend
If you're interested in tips on our feature matches for the weekend, check out our in-depth previews below:
As we predicted with one of four correct betting tips, the Reds opened the scoring in the 10th minute at Leicester and the timing graphic above shows they have been on the front foot for most of the first half this season.
The last of our Premier League predictions for this clash of the titans is for the score to be 1-1 at half-time at 6/1.
Spurs have scored exactly once before half-time in five of their last six home games and Liverpool have found the net inside the first 45 minutes in all of their games this season.
Tottenham will be without goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Dele Alli. Lloris has been ruled out for several weeks with a thigh injury while Alli has a hamstring problem sustained during the international break. Forward Heung-min Son is back from a lengthy stint of international duty, but Moussa Sissoko is still missing (hamstring).
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana suffered a groin strain on England duty which is likely to sideline him for a fortnight. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has recovered from a hand injury to take his place among the substitutes as back-up to Alisson Becker. Defender Dejan Lovren is still recovering from a hip injury, but should return in the next month.
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With so much attacking talent on the pitch this could be a thriller and Liverpool are fancied to edge it.
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