Last season’s 5th and 6th placed teams meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday hoping to get back into the Champions League and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
The bookmakers are finding it hard to separate the sides, with Liverpool adjudged to be slightly stronger although last weekend’s defeat at Stoke suggests that the Reds are still lacking a cutting edge which will rule them out of the Premier League title race.
At least Kenny Dalglish’s team don’t have Europe to distract them this term and they can be backed at 7/4 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to claim their second north London win of the campaign, having beaten Arsenal 2-0 in August.
In fairness to Pool, they knocked on the door several times at the Britannia Stadium and should have been awarded at least one penalty against the Potters, with the visitors likely to create plenty of opportunities on Sunday. Luis Suarez has been the star turn going forward this season and the Uruguayan is a 6/1 chance (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) to open the scoring.
You feel as though Harry Redknapp would love a player like Suarez in the team, although picking up Emmanuel Adebayor on loan wasn’t a bad move and the Manchester City striker was on hand to give Spurs the lead at Wolves last weekend before Tottenham kicked on to a 2-0 win.
Redknapp rested several first-team players for his team’s Europa League clash with PAOK Salonika and the home side can be backed at 7/4 to claim back-to-back Premier League wins on Sunday which will continue to propel them up the table.
Luka Modric seems a lot more settled now that the transfer deadline has passed, with Scott Parker a great acquisition in the middle of the park, although this game might be one too early for Rafael Van der Vaart.