Tottenham vs Liverpool: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction
After a dip in form in autumn, Spurs are back in form as they are unbeaten in the last five games, but victory against rivals will prove their top-four credentials. With only one win in last five league matches at the Lane, Andre Villas-Boas knows, results at home must improve that too quickly.
Spurs are heading into this tie on the back of a comfortable 4-1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night, where £26m striker Roberto Soldado netted a fine hat-trick against the Russian outfit.
Liverpool on the other hand could go second in the table, should they earn a victory on Sunday. The Reds are full of confidence at the moment, having thrashed Norwich 5-1 and West Ham 4-1 at Anfield in their last two games, with Luis Suarez firing all cylinders. The Uruguayan is the top scorer in the league with 15 goals, 12 of it came in the last seven matches.
Defence is the major worry for the Reds as they’ve managed just one clean sheet in their last 12 games. Further, they need to improve their away form as well, picking up just two points from their last four games.
Jan Vertonghen is out with an ankle injury but Danny Rose returned to action on Thursday following a three month spell on the sidelines with a foot injury and could keep his place at left-back.
Villas-Boas rested few players in the midweek and the likes of Michael Dawson, Paulinho, Sandro and Aaron Lennon should all return to the starting eleven.
Liverpool will be without Steven Gerrard for the tie. The influential skipper has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. In his absence, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva will likely to take charge in the midfield.
Jordan Henderson has overcome a badly bruised ankle while Daniel Agger returns after missing the win over West Ham because of illness.
Possible Tottenham Starting Line-Up
Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up
Prediction: 1-1; Spurs have won each of their last 6 home games against Liverpool but with Suarez in this kind of form, a draw would be a fair result.