Liverpool hosts Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Feb. 6 in a huge game for both English Premier League clubs. Spurs can’t afford to drop any more points if they hope to catch league-leading Manchester City who they trail by five points. They need to win this game just to keep pace with them after City beat Fulham 3-0 on Saturday. Spurs have an excellent chance to gain a pair of points on both Manchester United and Chelsea who played to a 3-3 draw on Saturday.
Third-place Tottenham goes into the match just six behind United and six ahead of Chelsea. They’ve won 15 games, drawn four and lost four and have 49 points on the season. Liverpool sits in seventh place in the table with 38 points from 10 wins, eight draws and five losses. They’re hoping to catch Chelsea for fourth place and a Champions League berth, but will also have to leapfrog over Newcastle and Arsenal to do so. They’re five points back of Chelsea, four behind Newcastle and two adrift of Arsenal.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp made some odd moves in the recent transfer window though by buying the injury-prone Louis Saha from Everton and sending Steven Pienaar to them on loan. It doesn’t make a lot of sense bringing in the 33-year-old Saha when you consider Jermain Defoe’s already sitting on the bench far too often and Robbie Keane, who Spurs loaned out to the Los Angeles Galaxy and Aston Villa, are both a lot better than Saha, as is Giovanni Dos Santos, who rarely dresses. However, it looks like Saha will start against Liverpool since Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor will likely be out due to injuries. Kyle Walker, Aaron Lennon, and Rafael van der Vaart are game-time decisions.
Ryan Nelsen was also brought in from Blackburn for some reason. Nelsen has played in just one game with the relegation-zone rovers this season, so it’s hard to see how he’s going to play at Spurs. Tottenham’s best player so far this year has been Gareth Bale, with seven league goals, and he’ll be depended upon to keep it up at Anfield.
Liverpool will have striker Luis Suarez back in the line-up after sitting out nine games due to being found guilty of calling Manchester United’s Patrice Evra racial names and an obscene hand gesture against Fulham supporters. Suarez’s talents have been missed as Liverpool has just 28 goals in 23 league games with Craig Bellamy leading the way with six. Striker Andy Carroll has finally started to show some improvement and it’ll be interesting to see if manager Kenny Dalglish makes the mistake of sending him back to the bench or playing him up front with Suarez.
Predictions for Liverpool vs Tottenham
Tottenham don’t usually play well at Anfield and didn’t win a game there between 1912 and 1985. Liverpool has won two, lost two and drawn one in their past five games overall while Spurs have won three, lost one and drawn one. It won’t help their causes very much, but it looks like this game could end up in a draw.
Sportsbook William Hill has the current odds of a Liverpool victory at 23/20 and a Tottenham win at 5/2 with a draw at 11/5. Click the banner at the top to get free bets for this game.