Premier League 27/08/2016
Tottenham v Liverpool
Kick off 12:30pm
Liverpool get the early-season award for most enigmatic performers. We were probably all a bit guilty of getting carried away over their 4-3 triumph at Arsenal. An outcome of that nature – as enthralling as it was – still highlighted some major defects in Jurgen Klopp's attire. So possibly Burnley's disciplined 2-0 success over them at Turf Moor ought to not have actually been that big a surprise.
A 5-0 midweek demolition of Burton in the EFL Cup ensued. The fact that Klopp played a strong enough side in a bid to settle a few of the wrinkles will at least provide some comfort that a clean sheet is possible.
Spurs recent dominance versus Crystal Palace finally paid off thanks to a late Victor Wanyama winner. Summer season arrival Vincent Janssen came close to opening his account up front too. Among the eye catching functions of the game was how he and Harry Kane slotted into the system. The Englishman dropped much deeper more frequently while Janssen patrolled inside the area.
There were occasions when the duo flipped functions and Kane got into the more forward position. As such Saturday afternoon's match could provide Harry Kane ample opportunity to get on the scoresheet. Especially against a Liverpool defense that is still right there for the taking. Ken looked a lot more like his old self versus Palace following a poor summertime with England and a peaceful start against Everton. Kane's ability for shooting from distance could be a crucial asset too. It would be no shock on this occasion to see him find the target from the edge of the penalty area. Although previous form in August of never having scored a goal in nine matches counts against Kane.
What is clear is that Liverpool have the edge in previous meetings against Spurs and a high scoring match looks a definite possibility. A seven game run and 19 goals against Spurs means I have no problem in going for a high scoring correct score prediction on this one.
Tottenham v Liverpool Prediction
Liverpool to win 90mins @ 21/10
Correct Score Predictions
Tottenham 2-3 Liverpool @ 33/1
Tottenham 1-3 Liverpool @ 25/1
Tottenham v Liverpool Opta facts
Tottenham Hotspur lack a win in their last seven Premier League meetings with Liverpool, losing five and drawing the last two.
The Reds have bagged 19 goals in their seven-game unbeaten run versus Tottenham, approximately 2.7 per football game.
Liverpool are unbeaten in three league visits to White Hart Lane (W2 D1), scoring eight goals and yielding none.
Liverpool (31 games) and Spurs (26 games) have gone longer without a 0-0 draw in the Premier League than other clubs presently in the competitors.
Harry Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in the month of August. This in spite of playing 9 games and 545 minutes on the pitch in this month.
Liverpool are the first team to play their opening three top-flight league games away from home. The previous time this happened was Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers in the 1997-98 season.