Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 15th December 2013 at 16:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Odds: Tottenham Hotspur 6/4, Draw 12/5, Liverpool 19/10

Last season: 2-1

Preview & injury news

A big clash as Andre Villas-Boas and his side look to continue the mini revival after winning their last two games, whilst Liverpool look to tighten up at the back and put their first away win on the board since their trip to Sunderland in September, as they start probably their most difficult period of fixtures this season. 

Tottenham currently sit in sixth position just three points behind Liverpool who sit in second, which isn't such a bad position to be in given that some were saying Spurs were in crisis, and that there are reports of Andre Villas-Boas under considerable pressure from the hierachy at the club.

On the injury front, Tottenham could welcome back Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen into their side after returning from injury, however Spurs do have some problems at the back with Jan Vertonghen out with an ankle injury he picked up in the win against Sunderland. Younes Kaboul has a thigh injury and Vlad Chiriches is likely to miss out with a knee injury. There is a doubt over whether Emmanuel Adebayor will be fit enough to be part of the squad. 

Liverpool have had a bad week in terms of injuries. With Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique sidelined until late January and early February respectively, Steven Gerrard was this week ruled out for at least four weeks with a hamstring strain after pulling up whilst taking a shot against West Ham United at the weekend. Daniel Agger may be back in the squad after illness but he may have to settle for a place on the bench after Mamadou Sakho's display against the Hammers. Jordan Henderson suffered an ankle injury last weekend,but is fit enough to play a part at White Hart Lane according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Key stats

Roberto Soldado is Tottenham Hotspur's top scorer in the league this season with four goals.

Luis Suarez is Liverpool's top scorer in the league this season with 15 goals.

Tottenham Hotspur had 53% possession in their last league match, a 2-1 win away against Sunderland.

Liverpool had 64% possession in their last league match, a 4-1 win at home against West Ham United.

5 players to watch

Danny Rose - Spurs have been short in the left back role for much of the season with Jan Vertonghen having to fill in there for a large part of the season, and with other injuries taking effect along the back line they will be glad to have Danny Rose back. The question is can he slot in and help Spurs shut out a relatively free scoring Liverpool side?

Joe Allen - Allen has had an impressive pair of performances against Norwich City and West Ham United in the past two games following his nightmare miss in the Merseyside derby. Now with Steven Gerrard out through injury, extra responsibility will fall on the Welshman and Lucas Leiva in the middle of the park to try and fill the void left by the skipper.

Christian Eriksen - Another player who could be returning from injury for this game in the middle of the park, but Andre Villas-Boas may see Liverpool's midfield as a weakness given injuries have struck, so the Spurs boss may want the Danish midfielder to play a part in exploiting that potential weakness.

Luis Suarez - The Uruguayan just keeps on scoring, and has made it 15 in the league since returning from his ban. And up against a Spurs defence that has had it's fair share of injury trouble, Suarez may sense the opportunity to move the Tottenham back line about, and could well have a couple of opportunities to strike.

Jermain Defoe - You're just not sure which striker will start up front for Spurs at the moment. Soldado is out of form, until he decided to score a hat-trick in the Europa League. It still may be Defoe up front for Spurs, and he may fancy his chances against a side that has only kept one clean sheet on the road all season.

Last time they met

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, March 2013

A terrific game at Anfield when Liverpool kept some faint hopes of reaching a European place alive, whilst dealing a blow to Tottenham's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Luis Suarez gave Liverpool and early a lead with a near post finish after Philippe Coutinho and Jose Enrique combined to set up the Uruguayan. Spurs were level just before the break as Jan Vertonghen headed home a Gareth Bale cross from the right. Vertonghen put the visitors in front just after half time after Liverpool failed to deal with a set-piece properly, but a poor Kyle Walker backpass 13 minutes to Hugo Lloris later allowed Stewart Downing to equalise. It was to get worse for Spurs ten minutes from the end when Jermain Defoe bizarrely played the ball into his own area only for Luis Suarez to be brought down by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, allowing Steven Gerrard to step up to put Liverpool in front again and give them all three points.

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