Thirteen points behind the leaders Chelsea and sat outside the top four, Liverpool’s season is unravelling, and so Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Anfield represents a crucial moment for Jurgen Klopp - who faces three of the top four in his next five matches.
Two tired sets of players are expected to struggle to create another high-energy contest on Saturday, making the draw, currently priced at 3.38*, a valuable betting opportunity.
Liverpool (2.23*) have not won any of their last five league games and looked completely bereft of ideas in the 2-0 defeat to Hull City. Klopp’s insistence on narrow attacking lines made it easy for Marco Silva’s team to stay compact and shut the Liverpool forwards down, and while Spurs will use an entirely different strategy we should see a similar end result.
Liverpool have netted just twice in their last four outings, while Spurs followed up a dour 0-0 draw at Sunderland with a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough.
Tottenham (3.62*) are also very narrow, which will make for a highly congested, claustrophobic match as both sets of players attempt to press high and counter quickly through the middle.
The visitors hold a crucial advantage because Liverpool, who have not lost to Spurs since November 2012, are the more jaded of the two. Spurs are on a run of 11 games unbeaten in all competitions, a run stretching back to mid-December.
However, it would be unwise to expect one side to come out on top. The hosts have netted just twice in their last four outings, while Spurs followed up a dour 0-0 draw at Sunderland with a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough; neither side is in good goal scoring form. Since neither can afford to lose, a nervy and low-scoring draw is probably the safest bet.
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