It’s the first part of the latest Premier League ‘Super Sunday’ as Tottenham take on Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Joining news.bwin.com/en/ editor Chris Bryant to discuss the game are Darren Walsh, who will be putting forward the case for Spurs, while David Segar will be fighting the Reds’ corner.
CB: This should be a cracking clash between two top-four hopefuls and there’s almost nothing between them in bwin’s match odds – who’s going to come out on top?
DW: These two are bound to be close together next May and there obviously isn’t much to separate them. In a situation like this, you have to back the home team. The Lilywhites only lost one home game in the whole of last season, and while they have lost to Manchester City already, that was with a largely depleted team. There have only been 15 draws between the two teams in 68 meetings, so I would suggest that the 7/4 odds for a home win are the best to put your money on. Harry Redknapp has won five out of seven matches against the Reds since he became Spurs manager in October 2008 and while Liverpool have made huge investments in personnel, Spurs have bought quality over quantity to fortify an already strong squad.
DS: Liverpool kicked off the season with a bang, including getting their first ever win at the Emirates, and I’m backing them to get the points here. Spurs were battered by both Manchester clubs, losing 8-1 on aggregate. That form was turned on its head last week, but Kenny Dalglish’s men were unlucky and could have won 4-1 at Stoke on another day, while Tottenham endured some very nervous moments at Molineux. The Reds don’t have a great record at the Lane in recent years, but this is a different Liverpool and I firmly believe they can do to Spurs what they did to their north London rivals just a few weeks ago. At 29/20 you can’t say no, can you?
CB: Some interesting points there. With both teams so evenly matched I’m sure the draw will also have plenty of support at 12/5 . Who should punters be looking at in the goalscorer markets?
DW: I reckon Emmanuel Adebayor to score at any time is a decent shout at 17/10. After a few transfer windows went by with inaction from Harry Redknapp, they finally have a top-class front man to finish off the myriad of chances created by Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. Adebayor will thrive as the focal point of the team. He has already made his mark by scoring on his debut against Wolves and he is a man on a mission to show that Manchester City treated him badly.
DS: Well I’ve got a slightly different approach to Darren on this one. And it’s name is Daniel Agger to score first.
DW: Agger? He’s only scored about seven goals in his entire Liverpool career!
DS: True, but in the last three league meetings between these two at White Hart Lane, a centre-back has scored in every one, and in two of them they have been the opening goal. Of the four central defenders on display, the Dane gets my backing for his thunderous shot and eagerness to get forward. Plus he has Charlie Adam’s set-pieces to get on the end of. Agger is 25/1 to break the deadlock – that must be worth a cheeky fiver!
CB: Agger definitely carries a major goal threat for a defender so it’s not the worst suggestion I’ve ever heard. What scorelines will you be backing then, chaps?
DS: I really like the 21/4 available on Liverpool winning either 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1. With just one clean sheet apiece between them so far this season, and both with some of the best attacking players the Premier League can offer, there will be goals in this game. 2-1 has been a popular scoreline in this fixture as the last three league games between the two at White Hart Lane have ended by this score in favour of the hosts, but I predict a reverse this time around. Given Liverpool’s improvement, and Redknapp’s boys shipping five in their only home league game so far, I’ll take this over the 33/4 on a 2-1 away win just in case the Spurs defence give up early again.
DW: You’ve stolen my thunder slightly there, Dave! As you say the last three have finished 2-1 to Spurs so I’ll be on that again at a tempting 35/4. Recent history shows that there will be goals on both sides; Liverpool have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven games and Spurs have allowed more shots on target against them than any other Premier League team.
CB: Anything else taking your fancy? What about some of bwin’s first-half markets?
DS: Well, on the opening day against Sunderland, Liverpool raced out of the blocks and battered the Black Cats silly. Had it not been for a missed penalty and a controversially disallowed goal it would have been 3-0 by half-time. Kenny Dalglish’s men felt they had something to prove that day, and will do again at Spurs after a 1-0 defeat at Stoke last weekend that had the Opta boffins scratching their heads. I would expect a Luis Suarez inspired first-half rampage from the Merseysiders, but this week with a single goal to reward their efforts at 8/5.
DW: Spurs aren’t often the quickest starters; they haven’t scored a league goal in the first half so far this season and can take time to grow into a game. Also, in a battle between such closely matched rivals, I can see both teams sizing each other up for a while before we see tactical chances taken later on. Odds of 21/20 for a draw at half-time look appealing.
DS: I actually agree with you on that one, although I’ll be backing draw/Liverpool in the half-time/full-time market at 21/4.
CB: Cheers for your comments guys – may the best team win!
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