Tottenham vs. Liverpool: Premier League Showdown

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Tottenham v Liverpool – The Premier League Preview

With the first six games of the Premier League now complete, game seven of this intriguing campaign pits 2nd placed Liverpool against 4th placed Tottenham, as the reds face a Saturday evening trip to White Hart Lane. Both these teams’ managers are enjoying early season joy with their respective clubs, as renewed optimism floods though the support of each fanbase. Ange Postecoglou and Jürgen Klopp are brilliant and emotional coaches who like to inspire exciting brands of football; therefore, this contest stands as the undoubted game of the weekend.

The Spurs Availability

In terms of availability, Ivan Perisic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ryan Sessegnon, Bryan Gil, Brennan Johnson, and Alfie Malik Whiteman, are all confirmed as out, whereas James Maddison and Giovani Lo Celso face late fitness tests. The home side come into this game after an impressive 2-2 draw away to Arsenal, following a home 2-1 victory over Sheffield United, after they battered Burnley 2-5 at Turf Moor. The north London side currently have a superb fourteen points from their six games played and are looking a genuine contender for Champions League qualification. One would imagine that their infectious Australian manager will field much the same team which started at the Emirates last weekend, with Richarlison likely to replace the injured Johnson. I suspect James Maddison will be fit to start as the attacking midfielder.

The Liverpool Availability

The 2nd placed reds are in full rotation mode, with a desire to keep their Premier League preferred eleven primed for the long season ahead. Without any tough Champions League fixtures to concern themselves with, this year must be about mounting a sustained assault on Manchester City’s domestic dominance, which must mean that a tough trip to Spurs should still see all three points targeted. In terms of availability, I imagine Trent Alexander Arnold and Thiago Alcântara will have to wait another week or so before getting their mangers call to arms, whilst the rest of the squad is now confirmed as fit and healthy. The team which comfortably dispatched West Ham at Anfield last weekend (3-1) will likely be that which starts this Saturday, however, the only change I could envisage is Ibou coming back into the PL eleven for Matip, as shown in a predicted line up below.

How Will This Contest Play Out

Liverpool is relying on midfield energy and ferocious attacking intent to overwhelm teams this year, which I see as something that could materialise here. Harry Kane is no longer a Lily White and though Son Heung-min is a world class talent that must be contained, I do not think the hosts will have enough quality to win this game. Darwin Núñez, Mohamed Salah, and Luis Díaz, look electric now, whereas Dominik Szoboszlai now appears forever on the brink of producing brilliance. This will be a tough game for each side, one that I predict will bring about a narrow away victory.

Player to watch – Dominik Szoboszlai

Score Prediction;

Tottenham 2 – 3 Liverpool

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