Premier League Preview: Tottenham vs Liverpool

by Punter's Hero on September 18, 2011

in Football, Latest News

Tottenham is at home at White Hart Lane in London when they take on Liverpool in an English Premier League contest on Sept. 18th.

Liverpool started the season on a bit of a downer with a 1-1 draw at home against Sunderland, but then picked up the pace with a 2-0 win at Arsenal and a 3-1 win at Bolton before losing 1-0 at Stoke last week. Liverpool sits in sixth place on seven points with two wins, a draw and a loss, while Spurs are in 15th place with three points from a win and two losses.

Liverpool let Joe Cole go out on loan to French team Lille during the transfer window and lost fellow midfielder Meireles to Chelsea. Striker David Ngog was also shipped out to Bolton. They still have enough scoring power with strikers Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez as well as forward Dirk Kuyt and midfielder Steven Gerrard.

However, manager Kenny Dalglish doesn’t appear to have the common sense to start Carroll up front with Suarez, which is ridiculous considering he spent 35 million pounds for him last year when he bought him from Newcastle. This is why Liverpool draws the likes of Sunderland at home and loses to Stoke. At least he plays the other new signings over the summer, midfielders Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing. Liverpool’s defence isn’t the best around, especially with Jamie Carragher in it giving away needless penalties as usual.

Tottenham has also made some strange moves recently with manager Harry Reddknapp letting strikers Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch leave while bringing in Emmanuel Adebayor, who’s no better than Keane and Crouch. He also has Giovani dos Santos of Mexico in the squad, who’s possibly one of the most talented players in the team, but doesn’t play him.

Tottenham has already been spanked by both Manchester United and Manchester City, but got on the winning track last week with a 2-0 win over Wolves.

Liverpool will likely still be without captain Gerrard and defender Glen Johnson will probably miss the game as well. Tottenham will be hoping that Dutch midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart will be fit in time to play. Spurs play a Europa League game three days before the Liverpool clash, so predicting a starting lineup and injury list is difficult.

Tottenham beat Liverpool both times last season and have the talent to do it again. However, if Dalglish has the brains to start Carroll with Suarez it could be a different story. There should be a few goals scored in this one and a 2-2 draw could be on the horizon.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Tottenham win at 13/8 and a Liverpool victory at 17/10 with a draw at 9/4.

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