Two teams thrilled with their start to the Premier League season meet on Saturday hoping to put on a show in the evening game.
The disaster of last year for both these two seems to have been completely forgotten already after their sensational first seven weeks which has cast aside all the summer gloom having been worlds away from what their fans demand last time out.
Tottenham’s appointment of Ange Postecoglou already appears to be a masterstroke. The likeable Aussie couldn’t be further away from Antonio Conte, who looked like he was planning his Spurs escape months after taking on the job. Now they have a manager who is embracing the challenge and so far, so very good.
Postecoglou was recently asked if fans should temper their expectations. Not a chance, he replied – let them dream and let them enjoy the good times. They certainly did on Sunday, twice fighting back against bitter rivals Arsenal to grab a share of the North London Derby spoils.
Now he wants to know if they can take down a big hitter, and there’s not many that will fall harder than Liverpool right now. Jurgen Klopp and his team are thriving after being pretty much ruled out of the title race before a ball was kicked by the pundits and tipsters.
Finishing fifth last time – some 22 points behind Manchester City – left them a championship after thought and there will be regrets from many. But those who did tip them when most didn’t will be watching on with real interest. They’re just two points off the pace after five wins from six. The draw on the opening day at Chelsea may look like dropped points now but it’s been a fine start.
Can they grab a sixth win in a row? Well, Klopp knows that falling behind – as Liverpool have done in four games already this season don’t forget – could prove fatal in north London.
With two of the Premier League’s four remaining unbeaten sides going at it, those near the top may be hoping for a draw. Despite a generally turgid campaign, Liverpool won home and away against Tottenham last time and we see a win as a statement on Saturday.
History is on their side, too. Liverpool have faced Spurs a total of 181 times and the Reds have come out victorious on 89 occasions, drawing 44 and losing 48. Klopp’s men have in fact not lost at all against Tottenham since a disastrous 4-1 defeat way back in 2017.
Spurs and Postecoglou feel it’s time to put that right this weekend and know if they do, it would be a real statement of intent from a club rejuvenated. But the thing is, Liverpool will be saying exactly the same! Fasten your seatbelts.
|Tottenham to win||2/1 UniBet|
|Liverpool to win||6/5 William Hill|
Our Punters.pub bet of the day is Tottenham and Liverpool to play out a draw at 3/1 with Betfair. Both have had great starts, putting to bed a frankly miserable 2022/23 for these big clubs.
Problem for Spurs is that they haven’t beaten Jurgen Klopp’s side since 2017. You get the feeling both managers wouldn’t be heartbroken at the prospect of taking a point from this match with credit in the bank already.