“Spurs are Nothing Better than Ordinary” – Liverpool Preview, Team News & Pub Ammo

Fresh off the back of our home win against West Ham, we see another game under the lights of the lane against Liverpool who are back in action after a 0-0 draw away to Swansea.

Spurs have had the best of this fixture in recent years and Liverpool despite being on an eight match unbeaten run, haven’t been particularly potent away from home this season with only one win. I’ve delved into the Liverpool forums and websites to see what they reckon to their chances…

“Tottenham is the team outside of Manure that scares me the most based on our playing style. They can absolutely kill us with the counter attack. Bale/Lennon/Defoe is a pretty pacey triumvirate. Also, Dembele is on his way back. Would have loved to miss playing against him.” 

“Easily the team we’ve done worst against in the past few years. Win will be very difficult. Will be happy with a draw”

“Plenty of pace in them. We are not ready to play against them. Fearing an embarrassing loss.”

“They seem to blow hot and cold, could tear you apart. I just hope we catch them on an off night.”

Others are more positive…

“Spuds done alright against West Ham last week end. With AVB That can mean only one thing. Change the set up, change the tactics, start believing he’s a master tactitian again, and f**k thingS up big time as usual.” 

“Whilst they look dangerous with Bale and Defoe, they are vulnerable. We have a better midfield than we’ve had in the past couple of meetings when the likes of Adam was run like a ragged doll. As long as Suarez gets a decent service, we have a decent chance”

“They’re nothing better than ordinary and we will do them tonight.”

“I’m upbeat about this one. They’re nothing much when you look at it.”

Liverpool Fan Predictions: Spurs Win 20%, Draw 50%, Liverpool Win 30%

Pub Ammo
-Tottenham have won three of their last four matches against Liverpool, including a 4-0 triumph last season when Liverpool had both Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam sent off.
-The two sides met on this date at White Hart Lane two seasons ago, with Spurs prevailing 2-1 thanks to Aaron Lennon’s stoppage-time winner.
-Liverpool’s last win at Tottenham was during Rafa Benitez’s reign as manager, a 2-0 success at the end of the 2007-08 campaign.
-Sandro has made the most interceptions in the Premier League this season (48).
-The Reds have drawn seven of their 13 games this season – a league high along with Stoke.
-Sunday’s goalless draw at Swansea was Liverpool’s first clean sheet away from home this season.

Team News & Selection
Despite being stretchered off against West Ham, Sandro is available for this one. Dembele’s fitness is improving, which just leaves the longer term crocks Kaboul, Benny and Parker.

Naughton   Dawson   Caulker   Vertonghen
Lennon   Sandro   Carroll   Bale

Two changes from the winning side that played West Ham, Huddlestone continues to frustrate me, whereas Carroll shows promise each time we see him. Walker also continues to be a shadow of his last season self. Bench him to give him something to think about and give the other Kyle a chance to impress in his actual position. If the West Ham game was a false dawn, I can see Suarez destroying us. On the other hand, if it really was us turning the corner, I can see a 2-1 Spurs. COYS!

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