Tottenham head into today’s game at White Hart Lane on the back of a five game unbeaten streak but will be looking to improve their home form if they are to challenge for a top four place this season.
Andre Villas Boas’s men have won just one of their last five league matches at home and have failed to execute in the final third, scoring just seven goals.
Summer signing Roberto Soldado is yet to fully find his feet at the North London club, although his hat-trick against Anzi Makhachkala seemed to be his response for being dropped for the previous two Premier League matches.
Many in the media have been grumbling about the lack of quality service to the forward, which is a fair point considering the squad rotation that Villas Boas has implemented over the course of the season so far. Against a Liverpool side scoring goals for fun at the moment, it’s crucial that Soldado performs if he gets given the nod by the manager.
The reason for Liverpool’s strong form of recent is largely down to Luis Suarez, who has been almost unplayable in some games this season. He has scored 29 goals in 29 games for Liverpool and netted four against Norwich recently.
Liverpool only have one win in their last seven games away from home so to expect a win away at Spurs, without Steven Gerrard propping up the midfield due to injury, is a big ask of Brendan Rodgers’ men.
If Soldado can get the service today’s match could be a classic encounter, as Suarez is likely to cause a few issues down the other end. With both sides aiming for a top four finish at the end of the year this game could be crucial.
Spurs v Liverpool pre-match stats
Tottenham have won the last six matches in all competitions when Liverpool have visited White Hart Lane.
Liverpool have fired in more shots on target than any other team in the top flight this season (97).
Liverpool have scored a higher percentage of first half goals (68%) than any other team in the Barclays Premier League this season.
Spurs have only once had more points after 15 games of a Premier League season than they have this season (27 – most was 34 in 2011-12).
Liverpool have scored four own goals at White Hart Lane, the joint-highest figure of any team on any ground in Premier League history (along with Southampton at St James Park & West Ham at Anfield).
Tottenham against Liverpool has seen the joint-most penalties in Premier League history (17 along with Everton v Newcastle), though 11 of them have been at Anfield.
Liverpool have only managed one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League games, this after keeping four in their previous four PL games.
Only Aston Villa (6) have scored fewer home goals than Spurs (7) this season in the Premier League.
Liverpool have hit the woodwork more often than any other team in the Premier League (10).
Luis Suarez has scored 16 goals in his last 11 Premier League matches.