We’ll see a rematch from the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final this weekend when Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
While Liverpool aren’t exactly blowing teams out of the water in the Premier League, they keep on winning and they keep on building a substantial amount of momentum for themselves ahead of what is bound to be an incredibly stressful few months across the winter period. Jurgen Klopp appears to have finally found the missing piece of the puzzle for the Reds, to the point where they are once again considered to be one of the most feared teams in all of European football – and perhaps even the world.
The Reds have been fairly bulletproof across their last six games, beating Genk, Leicester, Salzburg, Sheffield United and MK Dons across three different competitions. However, their draw against bitter rivals Manchester United has caused more than just a bit of concern to say the least.
When the Tottenham Hotspur fans were singing loud and proud in Madrid just minutes before the Champions League Final, you could certainly argue that is the point when they peaked as a squad under Mauricio Pochettino. They’ve had a dreadful start to the new campaign full of so many mistakes and questionable decisions, and nobody can really figure out what’s gone wrong. One thing is for sure: they need to make some serious investments once the January transfer window rolls around.
Inconsistency continues to follow Tottenham around like a bad smell, with their only wins in the last six coming against Red Star Belgrade and Southampton. They were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Colchester United on penalties, drew with Watford, and were humbled in back to back losses by Brighton & Bayern Munich, conceding ten goals in the process.
A lot has changed since the Champions League Final just a few short months ago, but one thing has remained the same: Liverpool are by far the more complete team out of the two. We’re backing them to get the job done against Tottenham, but after what happened against United, we don’t think it’s going to be a whitewash – not even close. We don’t think Spurs will put up too much of a fight, heaping more pressure onto the shoulders of Pochettino, but we also think the Reds are in a minor rut right now.
Based on what we’ve just said, it seems unlikely to suggest that this will be a goalfest, which is why we’re going to back the under 2.5 goals option. We all know that the aforementioned final between these two wasn’t much of a spectacle, so we can only hope for some kind of improvement.
Verdict: Back the home win at odds of 1/2 and the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 6/4. (All odds are taken from bet365).