Tottenham travel to Liverpool on Monday with the home side desperate to avenge a 4-0 thrashing earlier on in the season.
Spurs ran away at White Hart Lane in September, claiming their biggest ever win in the Premiership against the Reds thanks to goals from Luka Modric, Jermaine Defoe and a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor. The away side, meanwhile, will be attempting to claim their fourth successive win and fifth in seven games against Monday’s hosts.
Anfield has traditionally been something of a fortress against Tottenham over the past 19 seasons. The Lilywhites have only ever claimed two wins in Merseyside, the first coming in 1993 after a Teddy Sheringham double and the second coming last season when Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric both netted in a 2-0 win.
Luka Modric will be hoping to keep a small goalcoring run going, having netted one in each of his last two games against Liverpool, but he’ll have to bag a hat-trick if he is to equal the record for the highest goalscorer in this fixture, held jointly by Steve McManaman and Robbie Keane.
Spurs have only failed to score at Anfield eight times and Liverpool have suffered that fate three times in 19 games so goals are fairly well guaranteed between this pair. You are also marginally more likely to see a goal at Anfield than White Hart Lane, 55 goals having been scored in Merseyside, compared to 54 in North London.
Spurs fans would be wise to be slightly nervous if the Lilywhites were not comfortably ahead at half time. Liverpool have scored more than twice Tottenham’s total at Anfield, 38 to 17, but even more dramatically, of their 38 goals, 26 have come in the second half, compared to just eight for Spurs. Harry Redknapp’s men are slightly behind them in the first half, the visitors netting nine first half goals to the hosts’ 12.
And finally, fans of slightly alternative footballing entertainment should look no further than Monday’s match. In six of the last seven games, there has been at least one sending off, own goal or penalty and nine goals in the first or last ten minutes of the match, so get there early, stay till the end and keep watching at all times!
By Jamie Frier
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