When it comes to the way they’ve gone about their respective Champions League qualification bids so far Liverpool and Tottenham couldn’t be more different, with the scousers all boob tube and mini-skirt to Spurs’ burka.
The 11/10 Reds may have been the flashier in their early work, but with both sides just north of even money in bwin’s Premier League top-four finish betting it’s the stealthy north London club at 13/10 who look the better value wager.
Spurs have £96m worth of new midfield and forward talent within their ranks this season.
Tottenham have often struggled for fluency going forward this season, leading to some distinctly apathetic support from the White Hart Lane faithful if Andre Villas-Boas is to be believed.
Yet the fact remains that while Liverpool have thrilled at times in attack, particularly since the return of Luis Suarez, Spurs are just one point and one place behind them in the standings.
With thoughts of the rich harvest of goals to be reaped when their many new attacking faces have fostered a better understanding there to steel miserable Lilywhites through an autumn of dour displays, the best of their side are yet to come.
Tottenham had conceded 13 goals after nine games last time they qualified for the Champions League.
The vintage of 2009/10 may have significantly outscored their descendants but it’s difficult to argue with the suggestion that Spurs’ top-flight second-skinniest goals-against column is a massive positive for their hopes of returning to the promised land in 2014/15.
Spurs also conceded 13 in their first nine league games under AVB when missing out on the top four by one point last season, so a defence that would arguably be the division’s meanest if not for an unfathomable off day against West Ham must be a massive boon to their chances of going one better.
Apart from Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard is the only Liverpool player with more than one league goal.
Gerrard’s league goals have both been penalties which makes Victor Moses the only Anfield player to score a goal from open play this term outside of their celebrated strikeforce.
The prospect of losing the Uruguayan to either a lengthy suspension or a monster January transfer bid is never far away, meaning the Reds could be robbed of the ingredient that turns them from a good team into a potentially top-four bothering outfit in just over two months.