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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Liverpool v Spurs, 27.10.19

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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        27   2   8  17   25 -55  14
Total(Prem) 54  14  15  25   63 -92  57
Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Total(Prem) 54  14  15  25   63 -92  57
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 152 42  39  71  172 -243 143

Last Six Premier League results:-

Liverpool  -    WWWWWD

Burnley    0-3    Liverpool
Liverpool  3-1    Newcastle
Chelsea    1-2    Liverpool
Sheff Utd  0-1    Liverpool
Liverpool  2-1    Leicester
Man Utd    1-1    Liverpool

Spurs      -    DWLWLD
Arsenal    2-2    Spurs
Spurs      4-0    C. Palace
Leicester  2-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    S'hampton
Brighton   3-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Watford

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
1. Liverpool  9  8  1  0  21-7   14   25
7. Spurs      9  3  3  3  15-13   2   12  

Revenge would be spectacular (and miraculous)

Anfield - 31.03.19

When you are a team like Spurs, struggling to find your best league form, and without an away win in the Premier League since January, Anfield is not the best place to be going. This is especially the case when only last week at Old Trafford, Liverpool's arch-rivals Manchester United managed to bring to an end a run of no less than 17 consecutive league wins.

Liverpool were only one point behind last season's champions - Manchester City - and with a massive 97 points, finished with the third highest Premier League tally behind City who the previous year had accumulated the record total of 100 points. In 15 games so far this season in all competitions Liverpool have been defeated only twice. One of those games was the Community Shield which City won on penalties. The only straight defeat was in the Champions League away to Napoli, which is also the only game in which the "Reds" failed to score this season. Liverpool have already won one trophy this season - the European Super Cup against Chelsea. That was another penalty shoot-out finish.

Former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was a hero for Liverpool in that Istanbul shoot-out, after he had to replace number one keeper Alisson during the first league game against Norwich. Adrian has covered the position well, but Alisson returned last week. Adrian had been signed to replace Simon Mignolet who went to Club Brugge in the summer. Mignolet let in five goals this week against PSG, but his club recently beat AA Gent 4-0 in the league. Gent are of course based in Ghent where two Liverpool fans travelled by mistake this week, missing their team's 4-1 away win against Racing Genk!

Liverpool are of course fresh in our minds as a result of the Champions League Final in June, but our very first meeting was a 1-0 home win in Division One in 1909, thanks to a Bert Middlemiss goal. In those early years we actually managed two wins at Anfield. Both were 2-1 wins, and the last was on 16th March 1912. We had to wait 73 years to the day when Garth Crooks scored a 70th minute winner against a Liverpool team which in the previous season had won the League, the League Cup and the European Cup. It was a massive win which put an end to the annual "haven't won at Anfield since the Titanic sunk" comments.

We have only ever beaten Liverpool away 6 times in league games in 76 attempts since we first met at Anfield in March 1910. The two Premier League wins were in August 1993 (2-1), when Teddy Sheringham scored both goals, one from the penalty spot. The other Premier League win was in May 2011 (2-0) when Rafa van der Vaart and Luka Moddric scored. Modric's goal was a penalty, after a dramatic award by referee Howard Webb after former Everton man Steven Pienaar went down under Flanagan's challenge. The locals were not happy!

Spurs fans are not happy at the prospect of two consecutive away games in Liverpool this week and also next Sunday at Goodison Park. 4.30pm kick-offs (almost every week nowadays on Sky) are not conducive to return train travel to London. It is forty years since we experienced the same scenario. In November 1979, we played Liverpool and Everton away on consecutive weeks. We lost 2-1 at Anfield and drew at Goodison Park. At least both those games were Saturday 3 o'clock kick-offs. Tose were the days! I'll write more about meetings with Liverpool and Everton close together in next week's Everton match preview.

Last season's Premier League away game against Liverpool finished 2-1 to the home side in March. This game was won in the last minute after Hugo Lloris fumbled a Salah header and the ball ran into the net off the unfortunate Toby Alderweireld. The other goals were scored by Brazilians. Firmino gave Liverpool a 16th minute lead, which was equalised by Lucas Moura after 70 minutes.

Spurs will travel to Anfield in good spirits after their 5-0 midweek win over Crvena zvezda, but that was achieved against an open and somewhat naive visiting team. This is Liverpool - at Anfield. Their fans will be crowing over the Champions League win. Mo Salah missed the game at Old Trafford, but played and scored in Belgium on Wednesday. The triumvirate of Salah, Mane and Firmino will no doubt be in full flow on Sunday. Trent Alexander-Arnold missed the Genk game through illness and will be assessed for the Spurs game. Matip also missed Wednesday's game with a minor knee injury and will also be assessed in the next couple of days.

An away win, and revenge of the defeat in Madrid would be spectacular and miraculous. I think the team which beat Red Star so well deserves the chance to prove themselves against a more challenging foe. They would need to be tighter at the back though. I'd bite your hand off for a draw, but I will have to predict defeat for Spurs this time.

We haven't seen match referee Anthony Taylor in the middle since our home defeat to West Ham in April this year. West Ham had their little bit of history by becoming the first team to score at our new stadium, and also to win. This will be Mr. Taylor's 29th game in charge of a Spurs game, dating back to a 2-0 home win against Newcastle on 28th December, 2010. These days Mr. Taylor is kept busy by UEFA, and on Wednesday night he was in the San Siro refereeing Inter v Borussia Dortmund. In October last year he had change of a Dortmund home game against Atletico Madrid. He's a high profile official!

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On 27th October, 2009, we beat Everton 2-0 in a fourth round League Cup tie. Our scorers were Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane.

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