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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Liverpool v Spurs, 04.02.18

Last season's game - Liverpool 2 Spurs 0, 11.02.17
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Full league history - Spurs v Liverpool:-

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        26  12   7   7   37 -35  43
Away        25   2   7  16   22 -51  13
Total(Prem) 51  14  14  23   59 -86  56
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) 51  14  14  23   59 -86  56
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 149 42  38  69  168 -237 142

Last Six Premier League results:-

Liverpool  -    WWWWLW

Liverpool  5-0    Swansea  
Liverpool  2-1    Leicester
Burnley    1-2    Liverpool
Liverpool  4-3    Man City
Swansea    1-0    Liverpool
Hds'field  0-3    Liverpool

Spurs      -    WWDWDW
Spurs      5-2    S'hampton
Swansea    0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    West Ham
Spurs      4-0    Everton
S'hampton  1-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Man Utd

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Liverpool 25 14  8  3  57-29  28   50
 5. Spurs     25 14  6  5  49-22  27   48

Another thriller in store!

After Wednesday night's magnificent win over Manchester United, anything is possible for Pochettino's Spurs, isn't it? Well, winning away at a "Big Six" ground still seems to be too big an ask for a Spurs side, and Pochettino has only managed it once two years ago at Manchester City. We've only ever won two Premier League games at Anfield. The last time it happened was in May 2011 when goals by Rafa van der Vaart and a Luka Modric penalty secured all three points and all but secured a Europa League place. Danny Rose is the only member of either squad of 18 that day to stand a chance of taking part in tomorrow's 4.30pm kick-off.

I haven't quite fathomed why we have a later kick-off time than usual, as the only other Premier League game tomorrow kicks off at 2.15pm and there is no 12 noon start.

Spurs have finished above Liverpool in the final Premier League table in 7 of the last 8 seasons. The only time we have failed in that period was when "biter" Suarez inspired Brendan Rodgers' side to the runners-up slot behind Man City. Daniel Sturridge was very much a part of that Liverpool side and now he has gone on loan to West Brom in search of game time and goals to try and attract Gareth Southgate's attention.

This is the 150th league game betgween the two sides, and as we go into the weekend, Liverpool sit above us in third place, but with Chelsea not playing till Monday, a Spurs win would take us above Liverpool into third place and at the very least a top four place going into the next round of will mean the visit to Wembley of Arsenal.

Liverpool's form is good and they have suffered just two defeats in all games since we beat them at Wembley 4-1 in October. That win was in front of the then record Premier League crowd, since beaten by the attendance on Wednesday night. A Liverpool side which included the now sold Coutinho, along with Salah and Firmino was taken by storm by a Spurs side which used what I perceived as a revolutionary 3-3-3-1 formation.

Liverpool have got Sadio Mane for this Spurs game, but he's only got two goals in his last 10 games. It's Salah taking the limelight these days. In his last 10 games Salah has scored 8 goals. Salah is the closest of the Premier League top scorers behind Harry Kane. Harry has 21 to Salah's 19 league goals. Harry will be looking for that 100th Premier League goal tomorrow.

Since that humdinger of a game against Man City which Jurgen Klopp's side won 4-3, "The Reds" have lost at Swansea (who they beat 5-0 at home) and at home to West Brom in the FA Cup. Klopp is now aiming for another top four place, and apart from that has the Champions League to think about with a trip to Porto coming up the day after Spurs travel to Turin to play Juventus.

A big chunk of the Coutinho money was spent on Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, who scored on his debut at Goodison Park, but has played in those two recent defeats since. Van Dijk played and scored first in Southampton's home game against Spurs in December 2016, but then his side conceded four goals to a rampant Spurs. That was not the only time van Dijk was in a Southampton side beaten by Spurs either. I don't think Liverpool have shored up that defence yet, despite the massive fee for Van Dijk.

Adam Lallana is the player seen as most likely to fill Coutinho's creative boots, but he is a doubt for tomorrow's game. Even Harry Winks and Serge Aurier are back in training now for Spurs, and in theory Pochettino has a full squad to choose from. Will "Poch" change a winning team for this game? I doubt it myself. Lucas Moura is not ready for the first team yet, and we will have to wait to see him as he is not eligible for the Newport game, because he was not registered before the first match.

Pochettino will surely want to field his first choice front four of Eriksen, Dele, Son and Kane, and I fancy the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama to start on the bench, with desirable game time against Newport desirable before planning for the Arsenal game next week.

I can't see this being anything but an exciting, attacking game of football. Of course, I'd love Spurs to win, but I fancy we are going to see a score draw, perhaps 2-2.

The only time we've had match referee Jon Moss in charge of us this season was in our away game at Old Trafford, which we lost 1-0. Better results were achieved last year when we beat Stoke 4-0 at home, and both Swansea and Crystal Palace away. Mr Moss was also in charge of last year's "Finale".

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On this day (4th February) 1998, Spurs lost an FA Cup 4th Rd replay at Barnsley.

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