Liverpool and Spurs clash at Anfield on Monday night and the game has got all the ingredients of a classic.
No matter what your allegiance, few can deny that there is something special about an Anfield night under the floodlights and, with a Champions League place up for grabs, the stakes have rarely been higher.
Spurs are in pole position going into the game, occupying third spot, and many of their fans will still harbour ambitions of clawing back the eight-point deficit to leaders Manchester City in the title race. For now though, securing a top-four finish is sure to take top priority.
Liverpool have responded to their dreadful performance at Bolton two weeks ago by progressing to the Carling Cup final at City’s expense, knocking Man Utd out of the FA Cup and crushing Wolves 3-0 in the Premier League in midweek.
Tottenham thrashed Liverpool 4-0 at White Hart Lane in August and have won the last three meetings between the sides. While that result was indicative of Liverpool’s poor away record against Spurs – they haven’t taken a single point since 2008 – their home record against them is much more impressive.
Last season’s defeat was their first loss in the fixture since 1998 and their first home league defeat to Spurs since 1993.
So although the momentum is with the men from north London, history is very much on the side of the Merseysiders.
Spurs are 5/2 to pick up all three points on Monday, with Liverpool priced at 21/20 and the draw available at 12/5.
Tottenham have lost just once in their last 12 games in all competitions. They have scored at least one goal in every single match since the first game of the season, but Liverpool have kept nine Premier League clean sheets already this term.
You will get odds of 8/5 on Liverpool being the first team since Man Utd to keep a clean sheet against Harry Redknapp’s men, while you will get odds of 17/2 on the visitors scoring three or more goals, like they did in August.
Luis Suarez is available again for the hosts following his eight-match ban, but he might struggle to get back into an attacking line-up that has finally started to fire in his absence.
Andy Carroll got his first league goal since October at Molineux, while Dirk Kuyt discovered that goals really are like buses as he followed up his first goal of the season against United with another strike just three days later in the Midlands.
Carroll is 17/10 with bwin to score again on Monday night, while Kuyt is 2/1, but the returning Suarez is still the favourite to score at 6/5.
For Spurs, Gareth Bale looks a great shout to score at 5/2, having scored twice against Wigan in midweek, while new signing Louis Saha is on offer at 2/1.
With such a wealth of attacking options on show, the safe option looks like being both teams to score at 13/20.
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