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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Liverpool, 22.10.17

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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        25   2   7  16   22 -51  13
Total(Prem) 50  13  14  23   55 -85  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) 50  13  14  23   55 -85  53
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 148 41  38  69  164 -236 139

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    DWDWWW

Spurs      1-1    Burnley
Everton    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      0-0    Swansea
West Ham   2-3    Spurs
Hds'field  0-4    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    B'mouth

Liverpool  -    WLDWDD

Liverpool  4-0    Arsenal
Man City   5-0    Liverpool
Liverpool  1-1    Burnley
Leicester  2-3    Liverpool
Newcastle  1-1    Liverpool
Liverpool  0-0    Man Utd

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
3. Spurs      8  5  2  1  15-5   10   17
8. Liverpool  8  3  4  1  13-12   1   13

The Mane-less Main Event!

Tomorrow's 4 pm kick-off on Sky has to be the main event of this Premier League week-end, and will probably be shown on their Main Event Channel as well as their Premier League channel. It will be taking place without Liverpool's Sadio Mane, who suffered a hamstring injury late in the World Cup qualifier game on October 7th when he was playing for Senegal in a 2-0 win against Cape Verde. How Jurgen Klopp must have wished that one of his star players could have managed those last few minutes of the game unscathed.

"The Reds" didn't too badly on Tuesday night in Slovenia though, beating Maribor by a massive 7-0 with goals by Firmino (2), Salah (2), Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain and 19 year old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. Despite Mane's absence, and the continuing absence of Adam Lallana and Nathan Clyne, Liverpool will come to Wembley full of confidence after such a big win, which has put them on top of their Champions League group on goal difference. They have five points, and face competition from Sevilla and Spartak Moscow for one of the qualifying places.

Spurs, of course, are also in high spirits following their superb performance and result in Madrid, and are in a stronger position in their group than Liverpool, and five places above them in the league table!

It wasn't so long ago that Liverpool were considered part of the top four "cartel" which was before the Sheik Mansour inspired Manchester City rise, and consisted of Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. It is surprising, but very refreshing, that going into this weekend's games, only Jose Mourinho's Manchester United sit in the top four. Even they didn't finish in that group last season, but they did win two trophies.

Whilst we have finished above Liverpool in seven of the last eight seasons now (the Suarez inspired 2013-14 season was the exception), we haven't beaten them in our last 10 games in all competitions, and in that 2013-14 season we took 5-0 and 4-0 beatings. The 5-0 was at home and was Andre Vilas-Boas's last game in charge. Only Hugo Lloris and Mousa Dembele remain of the players that represented us on a disastrous December 15th 2013. Dembele travelled with the squad to Madrid, but has suffered a setback in training, with a hip injury, which needs assessment.

Spurs will though be stronger than they were at The Bernebeu with Ben Davies again fit and back in training, and Danny Rose also available after his substitute appearance. I fancy Davies to start tomorrow, and Danny Rose to play against West Ham next Wednesday. After that, the competition will truly start for the left back position!

Dele Alli will also be available, and surely likely to start, whilst Kieran Trippier might replace Serge Aurier. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has also come off the injured list (but not Wanyama and the still progressing Lamela), but I expect GKN to appear against West Ham next Wednesday.

Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that he will surprise Liverpool with another unexpected formation for this game. He certainly came up with an excellent strategy for the Real Madrid game, so we will just have to wait and see what our manager presents to us tomorrow. Maybe a 3-3-3-1? Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Dier/Winks, Davies; Eriksen, Dele, Son; Kane. Despite our injuries, we truly have a squad strong enough to deal with Liverpool's attacking flair, and we have the players to take advantage of their defensive frailties, although they did keep a clean sheet against United last week. I am predicting 3-1 to Spurs.

One of Klopp's summer signings was attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah. Salah (who plays on the left or right side) played against us for Fc Basel in the Europa League quarter-final in 2013, and was signed by Chelsea in 2014. Salah played few games for chelsea, but was in the side which lost to Spurs 5-3 in January 2015. We then encountered the Egyptian International when he was on loan at Fiorentina in February 2015. Salah, now 25, has had quite an impact in his first 13 games for Liverpool, scoring 8 goals in all competitions. He has also scored 3 goals for his country this season, already ensuring their qualification for the World Cup in Russia. Salah is the top scorer in his qualifying group with one match to be played.

Match referee Andre Marriner is the first official to be in charge of us twice so far this season. Mr. Marriner took charge of us at Newcastle in the first day of the season, which we won 2-0. The last time he was in charge of a Liverpool game, they lost at home to Crystal Palace in April!

Did you know?:- Spurs also travelled to Maribor at this time 5 years ago. It was for a Europa League match, which we drew 1-1. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored our goal. We won the home match 3-1 with Jermain Defoe scoring a hat-trick.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - Reviewing our performance match by match in the disappointing 1997/98 season.

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