The English Premier League season reaches double figures as we head into matchday 10 of the 2019/20 season. Many of the division’s top teams were involved in Champions League fixtures in midweek and for that reason we see four matches take place on Sunday.
Two of the four will be shown live on Sky Sports with Newcastle hosting Wolves kicking things off at 2.00pm. Pick of the bunch is scheduled for 4.30pm as Liverpool and Tottenham go head-to-head at Anfield in a match that promises to be a thrilling encounter. Who will come out on top and secure an important win? It’s anyone’s guess at this stage.
Bookmakers have had their say and it’s no surprise to see traders set up in support of the locals. Liverpool are 1/2 at Coral and although that may seem a little tight, it appears to be the norm in the industry at present. There’s an appealing 10/3 at bet365 about the draw or a chunky 11/2 – top price at William Hill – on Spurs upsetting the home support and leaving with an upset win.
Liverpool Lose Their Winning Start
Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the season ended last weekend when the reds were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford by a dogged and determined Manchester United side who felt they had a point to prove. With manager Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer’s future looking uncertain it was up to his players to throw him a lifeline and they did just that, taking a point from a match they were expected to lose quite comfortably. The manager will now demand the same level of effort every week.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring on 36 minutes to give The Red Devils an unlikely lead and they looked on their way to the points. That was until Adam Lallana scored a late equaliser to level things up, snatching a point for the league leaders with 85 minutes on the clock. It was a dramatic finish to what had been an exciting game and fans left knowing they got their money’s worth.
Speaking to the press at the end of that match, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp labelled the result OK, not what they wanted but they were happy with the point given how the game went. He did say his team gave Man Utd too many chances in the first half. Klopp also wasn’t happy with VAR and thought the goal scored against his team highlighted the general problem with the new system.
Spurs Stumble to Another Point
Tottenham can be found kicking their heels down in seventh place. The London club are already 13 points off the pace set by their opponents and if they were to lose at Anfield you’d have to say their already slim chances of mounting a title challenge would be over. It’s very early in the season to be writing teams off but there’s little room for error amongst the front runners this term. Tottenham have won three, drawn three and lost three so far, giving them a dozen points. They have managed just one victory in their last four and that has fans reaching for the panic button.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men suffered the agony of a 3-0 defeat at Brighton earlier this month and followed that with a below par performance against neighbours Watford on Saturday, two games they really should be winning if they are serious about holding on to their place in the top four from last season and saving Champions League football. Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the opener inside six minutes to give under fire Hornets a lead and they came within touching distance of collecting all three points. Dele Alli rescued a point for Spurs when notching an equaliser on 86 minutes to spare the blushes of his teammates.
Pochettino took heart from the fight shown by his team to get a point but his post-match interview had the feel of a man who was scrambling around for any crumbs of comfort he could get his hands on. There was no papering over the cracks, certainly not for supporters. It was yet another poor performance in what has been an awful start to the season for a team that reached the final of the Champions League earlier this year. The squad is much the same but a lot of the confidence that existed back in spring has gone out of their play and it’s up to the coaching team to help them rediscover that again.
Reds Record a Hat-Trick
Liverpool and Tottenham met three times last season and the reds won each time, completing the hat-trick. It started with a 2-1 win in London last September before Klopp’s crew repeated the feat to win 2-1 again at Anfield in March. The latter was achieved thanks to goals from Firmino and an Alderweireld own goal. The Champions League final finished 2-0 to Liverpool.
Followers of the trends will be delighted to learn Liverpool scored two goals in each of their last four games with Tottenham, half of those being a 2-1 win. Another 2-1 victory for the league leaders is 33/4 top price with 10bet. Both teams to score and Liverpool to win is 7/4 and Coral are the most generous firm on that one. Good enough to back as a super single or as part of small multiples.
- Liverpool have scored 28 Premier League goals in the first 15 minutes of matches
- Tottenham have won three of their last 12 league games
- Liverpool’s draw with Man Utd was the first time they failed to win in 18 league starts
- Spurs conceded in the first 10 minutes in each of their last two Premier League fixtures
- Andrew Robertson has more assists than any other defender