X

Liverpool vs. Tottenham: Early Odds and Prediction for Sunday's EPL Match

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2019

Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner (C) celebrates scoring the team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage in London on March 17, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /         (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

Liverpool face arguably the biggest obstacle remaining in their pursuit of the Premier League title on Sunday, when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

Following their win over Fulham before the international break, the Reds moved to the top of the table. Jurgen Klopp's side go into this set of fixtures with a two-point lead over Manchester City, although the champions still have a game in hand on the Merseyside club.

There have been times this season when Tottenham appeared set to challenge Liverpool and City, although their title push has faltered ahead of this trip to Anfield. Their focus has shifted to securing a top-four berth and progressing past the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

This is how the bookmakers are seeing things ahead of this crucial game, plus a preview of what's to come from Anfield.

            

Odds

Liverpool win (-170)

Draw (+310)

Tottenham win (+450)

Odds courtesy of Caesars.

             

Date: Sunday, March 31

Time: 4:30 p.m. (BST), 11:30 a.m. (ET)

            

Preview

Although Liverpool go into this set of games as the league leaders, it would be a surprise if they didn't have ground to make up come Sunday's outing.

City have the chance to go back to first place on Saturday lunchtime, when they go up against Fulham, who are 19th in the table and have the worst defensive record in the top flight. Pep Guardiola's side are in sparkling form, having won their past six Premier League games in succession.

It's a testament to this Liverpool team that they have been able to keep ahead of the City juggernaut, even with a game more played.

Football journalist Joel Rabinowitz put the team's efforts into context:

Joel Rabinowitz @joel_archie

Liverpool have now surpassed last season's points tally (75) with 7 games still to play.

Regardless, Liverpool supporters will feel disappointed if their side do not complete the job, with the Reds chasing their first league title for 29 years.

In their previous outing, against Fulham, the Reds appeared a little jaded, coasting through the second period and allowing the home side a chance to get back into the game. In the end, they were saved from a poor result by a late Sergio Rico error and a James Milner penalty.

After the game, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reflected on the challenges his side have overcome at this point in the season:

Sky Sports Premier League @SkySportsPL

"We played Burnley, Munich, Fulham. That's like three different kinds of sports actually." Jurgen Klopp on a gruelling week for his Liverpool side. Match report: https://t.co/QVCKPXKUyE https://t.co/IX7zfsATS9

The Reds have a man in blistering form in Sadio Mane, with his goal at Fulham making it 17 top-flight strikes this season.

Liverpool's Twitter account reminded us the Senegal international has done damage to Sunday's opponents previously:

Liverpool FC @LFC

⏪ #ThrowbackThursday ⏪ Sadio's superb quickfire double against @SpursOfficial in 2017 👌 https://t.co/yMElaw9k12

Tottenham will be wary about this fixture, as they lost their way a little before the international break, with just one win coming in their past five games.

They have their own talisman in Harry Kane, who netted twice for England during the international break.

The Three Lions captain was the recipient of an MBE on Thursday in recognition of his performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup:

Harry Kane @HKane

A real honour and an enormously proud day for me and my family.🏅A massive thanks to my @England teammates and coaching staff. 🦁🦁🦁 https://t.co/g70LWpRR1N

If Tottenham are going to come away from this game with a positive result, then they will need Kane to perform at his best. Liverpool have the best defensive record in the top flight this season, with Virgil van Dijk a colossal presence at the base of the team.

While Mohamed Salah may not be firing at the moment, in Mane and Roberto Firmino, the Reds have enough class to unsettle the Spurs defence. At a lively Anfield, it's set to be a tight game—one Liverpool will shade.

              

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham