EPL: Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Preview

Tottenham vs Liverpool
English Premier League
White Hart Lane, London
Sunday 28th November 2010
16:00 GMT

Once again, the instrumental Rafael Van de Vaart is not going to be available due to injury, and Tottenham will also be missing Jermaine Jenas. The home side's injuries have been well documented so far this season, with Tottenham fans now talking of title hopes after booing their team off the pitch only a few weeks ago.

“Spurs are doing brilliantly. They need to be a bit more resilient and stronger but they have the potential to become one of the great Spurs sides if they can make themselves a little harder to penetrate.” - Gary Lineker

Tottenham's Champions League performances have been pretty decent, and making it into the last 16 is something to be very proud of, considering that nobody expected them to do quite so well. Traditionally, Tottenham have been the whipping boys in this fixture and Liverpool have won about half of them, with Spurs taking far less than this. Spurs have made abounding start to the season already seeing them dispatch of reigning European champions Inter, bitter local rivals Arsenal and (most consumately of all) Champions League also-rans Werder Bremen with their patented brand of attacking football.

“Wins are hard to come by against the top teams and we have to admit that Tottenham are no longer the Tottenham of old. They are a top team. It is an expensively assembled side and we are not playing against mugs any more.” - Roy Hodgson

Liverpool’s fluctuating fortunes this campaign have been well documented, but since NESV’s takeover the waters have been relatively calmer, though a string of middling performances have meant that the omnipresent pressure on Roy Hodgson and his charges is yet to begin dissipating at Anfield. The Merseysiders have the return of Joe Cole to look forward to, but then there is the fact that Gerrard is still not ready to return. In their last match, they did have a pretty impressive win against West Ham, although this was their last win in three games, and there's also the fact that their competition is a lot more stiff this time round, considering that Tottenham are not at the bottom of the table.

Last Five Premier League Meetings:

20/01/10, Liverpool 2 - 0 Tottenham, Anfield
16/08/09, Tottenham 2 – 1 Liverpool, White Hart Lane
24/05/09, Liverpool 3 – 1 Tottenham, Anfield
01/11/08, Tottenham 2 – 1 Liverpool, White Hart Lane
11/05/08, Tottenham 0 – 2 Liverpool, White Hart Lane

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