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Premier League 3


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v LIVERPOOL 16:00; White Hart Lane (Sunday)

Tottenham have won the last six matches in all competitions against Liverpool at White Hart Lane, and are coming into the game off the back of two important league victories. Spurs had failed to win in four matches before away wins over Fulham and Sunderland calmed the storm and took some of the pressure of Andre Villas-Boas. Although the Portuguese manager has come under heavy criticism this season, Spurs have only once accumulated more points after 15 games than they have this term, which was in 2011/12.

Spurs have struggled for goals at home this campaign, finding the net just seven times at White Hart Lane, with only Aston Villa managing fewer on home soil. Roberto Soldado scored his first Tottenham hat-trick against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday, but it will be interesting to see whether Villas-Boas changes the side that have won their last two Premier League games.

Liverpool will be without influential captain Steven Gerrard for around four weeks with a hamstring injury in what will be a major blow for the club. Gerrard has provided three goals and seven assists in the league this season and is counted on to control the Liverpool midfield. On a more positive note Luis Suarez is in the form of his life and has scored 15 goals in 11 league matches since his return from suspension.

The Reds have only managed one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League games, after not conceding in their first four matches, and now maybe the time for Brendan Rodgers to stick to a settled back-line. Liverpool have scored 68% of their goals in the first half, which is a higher percentage than any other in the division.

What to watch out for: Tottenham against Liverpool has seen the joint-most penalties in Premier League history with 17 awarded in total.

Possible line-ups:

Tottenham – Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose, Lennon, Sandro, Paulinho; Chadli, Holtby, Defoe

Liverpool – Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez

Recent Form: Spurs: DLLDWW; Liverpool: LWDLWW

Prediction: 2-1



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