Liverpool fans could be forgiven for giving a few envious glances in the direction of north London this season.
Tottenham have been enjoying the fruits of last season’s labour with an exhilarating Champions League campaign, while Liverpool toil in the Europa League. Spurs are favourites heading into this game at 11/10 and look set to give Liverpool even more reason to worry about when they’ll next be in Europe’s elite competition.
Roy Hodgson is hardly the most popular man on the red half of Merseyside at the moment, but not even he can be blamed for the Reds’ recent record at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool have lost on their last three visits to Spurs and the Lilywhites look good to make it four in this clash. Harry Redknapp’s side have been in brilliant form in recent weeks beating – in a variety of different styles – Blackburn, Arsenal and Werder Bremen.
The 3-0 Bremen victory on Wednesday was significant for two reasons. Firstly, it guaranteed Spurs’ progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League and, secondly, it was the first clean sheet they have kept since their 4-0 win against Young Boys 17 games previously.
Both teams look set to be without key players though – Liverpool will definitely be missing Steven Gerrard, while Spurs’ performer of the season, Rafael van der Vaat, s looking doubtful with an ankle injury.
Liverpool will make it hard for the home side, especially with Raul Meireles going someway to proving the doubters wrong with an excellent performance in the Reds’ 3-0 win against West Ham on Monday, but ultimately Spurs should come out on top at 11/10.
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