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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Liverpool v Spurs, 31.03.19

Last season's game - Liverpool 2 Spurs 2, 04.02.18
This season's home game - Spurs 1 Liverpool 2, 15.09.18
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What happened in the Premier League on Matchday 32 2017-18

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Full league history - Spurs v Liverpool:-


Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        27  12   7   8   38 -37  43
Away        26   2   8  16   24 -53  14
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Total(Prem) 53  14  15  24   62 -90  57
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
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Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Total(Prem) 53  14  15  24   62 -90  57
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Grand Total 151 42  39  70  171 -241 143
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Liverpool  -    WDWDWW

Liverpool  3-0    B'mouth
Man Utd    0-0    Liverpool
Liverpool  5-0    Watford
Everton    0-0    Liverpool
Liverpool  4-2    Burnley
Fulham     1-2    Liverpool

Spurs      -    WWLLDL
           
Spurs      1-0    Newcastle
Spurs      3-1    Leicester
Burnley    2-1    Spurs
Chelsea    2-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Arsenal
S'hampton  2-1    Spurs

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 1. Liverpool 31 23  7  1  70-18  52   76
 3. Spurs     30 20  1  9  57-32  25   61

Twitchy time at Anfield

At long last Spurs fans can look forward to a game of football! This three-week break has been a mini close season for us. At least while we were sitting out the FA Cup quarter-final weekend, Liverpool were able to fulfil their fixture at Craven Cottage, which they won to occupy the top place in the Premier League during the International break. By the time we play this game - kicking off at 4.30pm on Sunday - Manchester City will have also played Fulham away, and will probably also have won to take over top spot. City have a game in hand too, which they will play on Wednesday night at home to Cardiff, while we are officially opening our new stadium against Crystal Palace.

Whilst Jurgen Klopp's men have still only lost one Premier League game (that was at The Etihad), they have drawn 4 of their last 8 league games, and the Kop will be feeling twitchy about this game and the four which follow. After Spurs, they face a tricky trip to Southampton, where we failed, with Chelsea the next Premier League visitors to Anfield. Either side of Chelsea, Liverpool have arguably the easiest of the Champions League quarter-final draws with games at home then away against Porto. The next three weeks could be season-defining for the "Reds", and if things don't go the right way their fans will be howling and not with delight.

It's twitchy time for Spurs as well, of course, as we face a battle to hold on to third, or at least fourth place to guarantee Champions League football next season at "New White Hart Lane" or at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as it is officially titled at the moment. With those five league games at our new home to come and hopefully a fruitful trip to Bournemouth to May, anything we can get at Anfield and away to Manchester City will be a bonus. We will also be hoping to succeed in our Champions League games against Manchester City, of course.

This season's home game against Liverpool was meant to have been the first game at our new stadium, and it seems incredible that we have had to wait almost till the end of the season to go home. The game played at Wembley in September was won 2-1 by Liverpool with Erik Lamela scoring in the third minute of added time after Wijnaldum and Firmino had given the Anfield side a 2-0 lead. We've only ever won two Premier League games at Anfield (the last was in 2011), and indeed since first meeting them there in league action in 1910, we have only won 6 out of 75 games. Statistics certainly don't give us much reason for hope.

Last year's game was dramatic. Mo Salah gave the home side a third minute lead. Victor Wanyama equalised in the 80th minute with a thunderbolt which was in its own way as sensational as had been Erik Edman's 35 yarder in April 2005. Salah and all of Liverpool thought they had the game won as we entered added time before Harry Kane equalised from the penalty spot in the fifth minute of time added on. Harry had a rare penalty spot failure before Salah's second goal too, when he fired straight at Karius.

Once again, Salah and Kane are amongst those battling it out for the Golden Boot. Both have 17 league goals to their name. Harry has played five less games than has Salah, who is in a barren spell of one goal in his last 8 Premier League games. I suppose I am tempting fate even mentioning that, but it has been Sadio Mane who has been banging in goals galore in Liverpool's recent games - 9 in the last 9 league games, plus two in the Champions League win away to Bayern Munich. (Incidentally, Aguero leads the Premier League score chart at the moment with 18 goals)

Trent Alexander-Arnold did not feature in the International break, and might still be a slight doubt for Sunday. Liverpool are otherwise likely to be at full strength with no midweek game to worry about. On the other hand, Eric Dier and Serge Aurier suffered injuries playing for their countries and there is no news of a return date for them as yet. I did not spot either Aurier or Dier, or indeed Harry Winks in the pictures I have seen of the training session held at the new Spurs stadium yesterday (Thursday). Spurs do have a midweek match to think about, but they need their very best available team and form at Anfield. The best I feel I can hope for is a draw, and I am predicting 2-2 with Harry Kane MBE (presented by Prince William yesterday) to score one of our goals. It should be a great game, and can be seen on Sky with kick-off at 4.30pm.

The Spurs Official team news has confirmed the absence of Aurier, Dier and Winks.

Our match referee, for the fifth time this season will be Martin Atkinson. The only other official to have been in charge of Spurs so many times in 2018-19 is Mike Dean. Our first three games with Mr. Atkinson were wins at Newcastle and West Ham, before a fantastic 3-1 home win against Chelsea. Unfortunately we had to witness defeat to Chelsea in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final with Mr. Atkinson in charge. Liverpool have seen him in charge of high profile games such as the recent Merseyside Derby and home games against both Manchester teams this season.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - Having won the Worthington Cup against Leicester on March 21st 1999, Spurs lost their next game (on 3rd April 1999) - at home to Leicester!

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