This is a match involving two clubs who opted to change their manager during the summer, with the popular Harry Redknapp and Kenny Dalglish both leaving their posts. It would be fair to say that their replacements have taken a little time to establish themselves at their new clubs, although Liverpool could move to within one point of 7th place Spurs if they net three points this week.
Even though it was mentioned that Andre Villas-Boas has taken a little bit of time to adjust to his new role, if you look at the league table as a whole it is clear to see that Tottenham are performing very similarly to how they did last year. A victory could take them just two points behind Chelsea and considering the Blues’ title aspirations, that perhaps puts into perspective how much Spurs are achieving. Admittedly, the club appear to be much more inconsistent than they have been in previous years and the fact they have won just one of their last four highlights this. Still, they comfortably beat West Ham in their last encounter and with the club also holding the home advantage in this clash, supporters are likely to hold high aspirations.
Liverpool meanwhile may have started the season in appalling fashion, but it at least looks as though Brendan Rodgers is starting to mastermind some form of success at Anfield. The Reds are currently positioned in 11th place but a victory on Wednesday could catapult them right up the table. In fact, their form through recent weeks has been hugely impressive and they have managed to put together an unbeaten Premier League run of eight games. Unfortunately, they have not managed to record a single victory on the road during that period, but they are at least proving hard to beat and that will be crucial ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane.
In terms of team news, Tottenham have plenty of concerns for the game with the likes of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Younes Kaboul and Scott Parker all on the treatment table while Emmanuel Adebayor won’t feature due to suspension. On a more positive note, Sandro should feature in some capacity despite an early stomach scare. It’s mixed for the visitors on the other hand, with the Reds firstly set to welcome back Andre Wisdom. However, even though he is slowly approaching full fitness, Lucas Leiva is still not available.
Liverpool have proved on countless occasions over the last couple of months that they are a very difficult team to beat and we think they will emphasise this in this next clash as well. Spurs may have won their most recent encounter, but other than that they have struggled and we’ll therefore tip a goalless score line.