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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Liverpool v Spurs, 11.02.17

Last season's game - Liverpool 1 Spurs 1, 02.04.16
This season's home game - Spurs 1 Liverpool 1, 27.08.16
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Full league history - Spurs v Liverpool:-

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        25  11   7   7   33 -34  40
Away        24   2   7  15   22 -49  13
Total(Prem) 49  13  14  22   55 -83  53
Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Total(Prem) 49  13  14  22   55 -83  53
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 147 41  38  68  164 -234 139

Last Six Premier League results:-

Liverpool  -    WDDLDL

Liverpool  1-0   Man City
S'derland  2-2   Liverpool
Man Utd    1-1   Liverpool
Liverpool  2-3   Swansea
Liverpool  1-1   Chelsea
Hull       2-0   Liverpool

Spurs      -    WWWDDW

Watford    1-4   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Chelsea
Spurs      4-0   West Brom
Man City   2-2   Spurs
S'derland  0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   M'brough

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Spurs     24 14  8  2  46-16  30   50
5. Liverpool 24 13  7  4  52-30  22   46

Have the wheels come off at Anfield?

As is the case with our meetings with the other five Premier League ever-presents in the second half of this season, this will be our 50th Premier League match against Liverpool. For most of those years a trip to Anfield was heralded with trepidation by Spurs fans, but in recent away days we have had genuine hope, rather than fear. Perhaps never moreso than this week at a time when Spurs hold second place, whilst Jurgen Klopp's side has actually dropped out of the top four, having been Chelsea's closest challengers for so much of the time in recent months. Liverpool actually topped the league in mid-November - for a day anyway.

Spurs are on a good unbeaten run of 11 games in all competitions, with 9 wins and two draws. We remain contenders in three competitions - The Premier League, Europa League and the FA Cup. Liverpool have yet to win a league game in five attempts so far this calendar year, and their only recorded win was a 1-0 victory at lowly Plymouth, who had so heroically drawn their FA Cup Third Round game at Anfield. Of course, Klopp has been fielding weakened sides in his team's cup matches, but now he has lost four of his last five games, which include somewhat ignominious exits from both domestic cup competitions.

Have the wheels come off at Anfield? Well, not exactly, but they are certainly wobbling a bit. Whilst not in the last chance saloon as far as their top four aspirations go, defeat at home to Tottenham would certainly bring the pains on, especially if Manchester United beat Watford and climb above them.

Although Spurs have finished above "The Reds" in 6 of the last 7 seasons, and go into this match above them in the league table for the sixth successive meeting, we haven't beaten them in our last 9 games (including October's League Cup defeat). Our last win was at home in November 2012. Mauricio Pochettino needs to be wary and I am sure there will be no over-confidence in the Spurs camp. We have, after all, won only two away Premier League games here. These were in May 2011 when Rafa van der Vaart and Luka Modric (penalty) gave us a near end of season 2-0 win. You have to go back almost to the start of the Premier League era (August 1993) for the other league win, which was 2-1. Teddy Sheringham scored both our goals(one from the spot), whilst Nigel Clough had put Liverpool in the lead. Ossie Ardiles was the Spurs manager. Graeme Souness led the home side.

Spurs can surely expect a more open game of football than they have experienced in their last two games, and I fancy there will be goals at both ends. The Spurs team news was such that the personnel involved tomorrow are not likely to be different from last Saturday, except to say that Mauricio hopes that Kieran Trippier can make the trip. Both Jan Vertonghen, and Danny Rose are said to be making good progress, wilst Erik Lamela's path to match fitness following his hip injury is a "step by step" process. With five games coming up in the next two weeks, the return of one or more of these players would be a bonus.

Note that Liverpool have three of their next four Premier League games at home. Arsenal will visit next after "The Reds" have a trip to ailing Leicester, and Burnley will be Liverpool's third visitors in this sequence. The reason for the surfeit of home games is that Liverpool requested more away games at the start of the season, whilst their new main stand was finished. Capacity has been increased to over 53,000 and those in the new upper tier must be "up in the gods" like those in the highest tiers of Old Trafford and St James' Park. I had the good fortune to visit this new stand last week and the mid-tier concourse is huge and quite plush, which may augur well for the new Spurs stadium next year. This week, I'll be "slumming it" in the cramped away seats!

It will be interestimg to see whether Mauricio Pochettino sticks with the 4-2-3-1 or perhaps opts for the 3-4-1-2 which has brought success in other games against top teams this season. Despite the injuries, he has the personnel for either option. Despite Liverpool's recent form, there is always the risk of a touch of magic from the likes of Coutinho or Firmino, but I am going to back my team to win an exciting game 2-1! Those of us who attend, and BT Sport's tea-time viewwers should be entertained!

Match referee Anthony Taylor has been a good luck charm for us in his two previous games with us this season. We beat Stoke 4-0 away and West Brom 4-0 at home. I'd take more of the same anytime!

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. 6 years ago this week-end, Spurs beat Sunderland 2-1 away with goals by Michael Dawson and Niko Kranjcar

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