Graeme Le Saux: Stalemate beckons as Spurs' poor run against Reds set to continue

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Graeme Le Saux believes playing at Wembley and a poor recent head-to-head record against Liverpool will count against Tottenham in the weekend's big Premier League clash, and the Betfair Ambassador thinks the spoils will be shared on Sunday...

"I was part of a Chelsea side that enjoyed a fantastic record against Spurs. We always spoke about it before a game against them and it really spurred us on to keep the winning run going. It's a major positive for Jurgen Klopp's side."

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Spurs' performance on Tuesday night must go down as one of their very best in Europe.

Going to a huge stadium like the Bernabeu and taking on a side with the pedigree of Real Madrid can be an overwhelming experience so coming home with a 1-1 draw is a huge positive.

There were standout performances across the pitch but huge credit goes to Harry Winks, who capped some month with another fine night.

He was arguably England's best player on his Three Lions debut in Lithuania, and has now started Tottenham's last four. He looked very comfortable, understood exactly what he was there to do and looked like he was relishing the stage.

Of course, you can play well as a team against a great side like Madrid but still come unstuck because of the individual brilliance they possess and credit has to go to Hugo Lloris for a handful of fine saves that kept Spurs in the tie.

But Real can also say the same about Keylor Navas's fingertip save from Harry Kane's effort. That was textbook from Kane and it needed something magical from Navas.

There are so many positives for Spurs to take from the night and confidence must be high in the camp this week. It's a performance that shows they are capable of competing with the very best and they will be so buoyant.

So Spurs must grasp this opportunity to reverse some pretty normal results at Wembley so far this season when they go back to the national stadium on Sunday. They just have not convinced at Wembley this season, and we must also factor in their poor recent record against Liverpool.

Tottenham have not won a game against the Reds since 2012 and it's the sort of head-to-head that can be difficult to overcome.

Now I don't like to talk about it, but I was part of a Chelsea side that enjoyed a fantastic record against Spurs. We always spoke about it before a game against them and it really spurred us on to keep the winning run going. It's a major positive for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Although they weren't on display in that 7-0 romp in Maribor, Liverpool have their vulnerabilities and I find it tough to see them defeating Tottenham.

The Borussia Dortmund result aside, Spurs are yet to score more than one goal in any match at Wembley and I see this ending with each side scoring one apiece.

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Chelsea v Watford

All of a sudden Chelsea find themselves on a three match winless run and up against a tough opponent in Watford this weekend.

I like the Hornets a lot. I watched their match against Arsenal last weekend and was genuinely impressed by what I saw.

Arsenal may have dominated the first half but Marco Silva completely reversed that. The Portuguese manager was positive in his changes and Watford unquestionably had the better of the second half. Carillo and Troy Deeney both impressed when coming on and Richarlison was excellent throughout.

Watford are well-balanced across the pitch, from front to back. They are a physical side, strong and powerful and will stand up to any opponent - a danger for a Chelsea side a little bruised from a tough midweek game against Roma.

Antonio Conte has not been a picture of happiness recently. We know he wanted more players in the summer but it's still a good Premier League squad he has there and it's time to use it.

It's a manager's role to keep the squad under a certain tension so that when the time comes to play they perform.

I think this will be a tight game, but after three poor results I can't see Chelsea dropping points again and I fancy Conte to work his magic to get the Blues back on the winning trail.

Graeme's Weekend Wagers

Banker Treble: Man Utd/Man City - 1/Draw in Spurs v Liverpool, approx 11/2

Best Long Odds Bet: Crystal Palace to beat Newcastle, 16/5

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