After a somewhat surprisingly poor weekend for the Big Six in the Premier League, which saw none of those teams record a victory, with Arsenal and Chelsea losing, and Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City drawing, our attention turns to Matchday 13 in the title race and an absolutely huge clash at Anfield on Wednesday night as top of the table Tottenham travel to Anfield to take on injury-hit second placed Liverpool, a team they lead only on goal difference in the league table.

Wins for Leicester, Southampton, Everton and West Ham saw the top of the table in the Premier League concertina up once again and so Wednesday night’s game at Anfield could well be a vital one in deciding the eventual outcome of the Premier League, as well as sending any potential victor into the busy Christmas schedule with a massive morale-boosting win behind them against one of their most likely title rivals.

This is the start of a very busy festive period of games in the Premier League, plus there is also the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup to come next week too. The outcome of these four or five games over this period in the Premier League could well be critical in deciding who lifts the trophy next year and of course, it is also a time of the year when people love to enjoy a bet or two on the outcome of the games. Wednesday night’s clash between the top two being a prime example.

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Let’s take a quick look now at the full list of Premier League games taking place in Matchday 13, before we specifically focus in on the big game at Anfield to preview that in a bit more detail.

EPL Matchday 13 Fixtures

All fixtures for Matchday 13 are being carried live by the Amazon Prime service. Games are played across three nights (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 15th – 17th December) and will kick off at either 6pm or 8pm in the evening. Kick off’s time in the list below is 8pm unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 15th December

  • Wolves v Chelsea (6pm)
  • Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion

Wednesday 16th December

  • Arsenal v Southampton (6pm)
  • Leeds United v Newcastle United (6pm)
  • Leicester City v Everton (6pm)
  • Fulham v Brighton
  • Liverpool v Tottenham
  • West Ham v Crystal Palace

Thursday 17th December

  • Aston Villa v Burnley (6pm)
  • Sheffield United v Manchester United

Let’s now take a closer look at the big game at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

Liverpool v Tottenham – Top Two Clash in Pre-Christmas Crunch Game

Last weekend, both these teams were held to a draw from away trips in London. Spurs surrendered a 1-0 lead to draw 1-1 at Crystal Palace, while Liverpool were once again very poor in the first half away to Fulham and needed a late Mo Salah penalty to earn themselves a draw after a much improved second half display.

Despite dropping points, both teams remained in the top two spots as Chelsea were beaten at Everton while Man City and Man Utd drew with each other, allowing the likes of West Ham, Southampton, Leicester and Everton, who all won, to close the gap on the top two.

With top spot heading into next weekend up for grabs, it is a game that both teams will feel they have a good chance of winning. Spurs have not lost on the road this season, winning four and drawing two of their six games away from home. However, they take on a Liverpool side that are unbeaten in their last 65 games at Anfield, a run stretching back to April 2017, and who have won all five of their home games at Anfield this season.

With both teams having amassed 25 points from their 12 games so far in the Premier League, Spurs lead the Reds by virtue of a better goal difference (+14 to +9). It also pits the attack with the most goals in the EPL this season (Liverpool with 27) against the most miserly defence in the Premier League (Spurs, who have conceded just 10 goals so far).

Let’s take a look now at the current trends in this game over the last few years.

Liverpool v Tottenham – Trends and Historic Data

Historically, Liverpool have had the better of things in this fixture. The teams have met 175 times, Liverpool winning 85, Tottenham 48 and 42 games have been drawn. However, in more recent times, Tottenham have won just one of the last 17 matches between the two teams, with Liverpool winning 12 of those games. The Reds have also won all of the last five matches between the teams and their last defeat to Tottenham at Anfield came back in May 2011.

The data does suggest that the best Spurs can hope for here is perhaps a draw, but that a Liverpool win is most likely. However, there is some data that does offer Spurs much more hope and that is when you look at the players available for both teams.

Liverpool v Tottenham – Team News

One positive for Spurs is that Jose Mourinho seems to have found a settled team that are producing results. His 4-2-3-1 system has worked well of late and I can’t see him changing that formation here with no real additional injury concerns following the game with Crystal Palace at the weekend. Harry Kane has notched six goals against Liverpool in 11 starts against the Reds.

However, Liverpool are without long term injury victims Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, while Thiago, James Milner and Diogo Jota are also ruled out. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are working their way back from injury and Alisson returned ot the team at the weekend in goal. Joel Matip picked up a back injury in the Fulham game at the weekend, but it is thought he should be fit to continue in central defence alongside Fabinho.

Liverpool Probable XI – (4-3-3) – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Matip, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Tottenham Probable XI – (4-2-3-1) – Lloris, Aurier, Reguilon, Dier, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Hobjerg, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Son, Kane.

Liverpool v Tottenham – Tips and Odds

How do we see the game at Anfield going on Wednesday night? Well Liverpool’s long unbeaten run is going to be severely tested for sure. West Ham and Sheffield United put the Reds through the ringer at home in recent times and Jose Mourinho has taken his teams to Anfield and got the result he wanted on numerous occasions in the past, notably with Chelsea but also with Manchester United too. He is likely to try and do the same here with his Spurs team knowing a draw is not a bad result for them.

However, I think on the counter, Spurs can hurt Liverpool and their makeshift defence and as such, I think Liverpool won’t win this game, but they will do just enough to preserve their unbeaten record. Back the draw here at 14/5 and for a correct score bet, I would suggest a 2-2 draw at 14/1 is a very good option here.

*All odds shown in this article were correct as of 8am UK Time on Monday 14th December 2020 with bet365 Sport.

 

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