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19 December, 2021

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

STAR PREVIEW Sun: Spurs v Liverpool

In years gone by the thought of any club not playing a game between the 4th and the 19th of December would have been the stuff of fantasy but that’s exactly what’s happened to Tottenham, who could be given a rude awakening on their return from a COVID outbreak when Liverpool visit North London this afternoon.

Spurs have won their first four home games under Antonio Conte including league successes over Leeds (2-1), Brentford (2-0) and Norwich (3-0), but they haven’t played since due to their COVID outbreak, and they could still be without up to six players due to current COVID cases. Amongst those cases are Oliver Skipp, Emerson, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura, leaving Spurs shorn of two of their best three players.

Those absences add a nasty kick to the disruption that Antonio Conte has faced since taking over, and whilst Spurs have taken ten points from four games under his management, this is a major step up in class from sides currently sitting 16th, 12th, and 20th of the table.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
Premier League 16:30
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HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
JAN 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-3 Liverpool
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
JAN 2020 PREMIER ELAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
OCT 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
JUN 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
MAR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
SEP 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool
FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
OCT 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool
FEB 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham
OCT 2016 EFL CUP Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham

The hosts could also be rusty and that spells trouble against a Liverpool side that has the league’s top and joint second top scorers in the shape of Mo Salah (15) and Diogo Jota (9), along with Sadio Mane (7) in their attack.

The Reds have won twelve of their last fifteen away games in the Premier League, along with three wins on the road in Europe against Porto (5-1), Atletico Madrid (3-2) and Milan (2-1), and they’ve also scored at least twice in 15 of their last 16 away games in all competitions, which makes quotes of 8/15 about them taking three points here understandable.

Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones are all absent after positive COVID tests but otherwise Liverpool take a pretty full squad to London and that could mean plenty of goals. Over 2.5 is 8/13 and looks a fair play considering Liverpool’s high scoring record on the road.


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