Here’s how Tottenham and Liverpool shape up in several key areas ahead of Sunday’s game.
It’s a difficult game to call because both sides have several players who can win the match with a piece of individual brilliance which can defy the stats before the start of the game.
However, here are several key stats which should give us a good idea of how each side is likely to approach this game.
Tottenham have been one of the best teams in the Premier League this season when it comes to keeping the ball.
They have 57.2% of possession on average during matches whereas Liverpool’s percentage is lower at 55.2%.
It suggests that both teams like to have the ball on the ground and pass it around well, making it difficult for the other side to win the ball back easily.
Liverpool are having more success this season in terms of passing success with 84.6% compared to the 83.1% of Tottenham.
That suggests that Liverpool are less ambitious with their passing, preferring the simpler balls over going for longer or more difficult passes.
It doesn’t tell us a lot we didn’t already know but it does suggest that Liverpool will move the ball around quickly and easily this weekend, making it difficult for Tottenham to press.
There is only a 1% difference between the sides in terms of how much they attack through the middle of the pitch.
The emphasis for both sides is wide play and build up out on the wings.
That places the magnifying glass on the wingers and the full backs and Tottenham will fancy their chances of damaging Liverpool down their left wing, especially if the inexperienced John Flanagan continues in defence.
One of the biggest differences between the teams is goals scored.
Tottenham have scored the fewest goals of the sides in the top ten with 15, while Liverpool have had no trouble hitting the back of the net with 34 goals scored.
It suggests that Liverpool are a more open and creative team and that if they defend properly, they could frustrate Spurs, grind them down and produce an impressive away win.
Tottenham aren’t giving away too many fouls at all this season with just 9.9 per game compared to Liverpool’s 11.1.
There could be a slight advantage for Spurs because if they can keep the ball well and frustrate the Liverpool midfield, they can draw fouls which means bookings and they could get a numerical advantage which would work in their favour.
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