Saturday's early kick-off is a meeting between two very dynamic, high-tempo sides. Michael Cox and Alan Thompson expect goals - and maybe cards too...
"Expect both sides to close down high up the pitch and disrupt the opposition’s passing, which means chances could come from mistakes"
Tottenham v Liverpool
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Match Odds: Tottenham 2.56/4, Liverpool 3.211/5, The Draw 3.613/5.
In the most tactically intriguing Premier League season yet, this is the first truly fascinating game of the campaign.
Both Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp base their gameplans heavily around the concept of pressing, which means we should be in for a high-energy, high-tempo clash from the outset. Expect both sides to close down high up the pitch and disrupt the opposition's passing, which means chances could come from defensive mistakes as much as moments of creativite genius.
Pochettino's main selection decision is in attack. For last weekend's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace last weekend, he selected Vincent Janssen up front with Harry Kane playing a withdrawn role, fitting the number 10 on the back of his shirt.
Although it wouldn't be a surprise to see Pochettino play that way again, especially against a potentially makeshift Liverpool defence, there's every chance he'll recall Dele Alli at the head of the midfield trio, pushing Kane into his more traditional centre-forward role. Alli could even drift in from the left, switching places with Christian Eriksen.
Otherwise Spurs should be unchanged. Michael Vorm will continue in goal because of Hugo Lloris' hamstring injury, while Mousa Dembele's suspension means Victor Wanyama will continue alongside Eric Dier at the base of midfield. This tough-tackling combination could be perfect for an all-action contest.
Klopp will consider handing a Premier League debut to Joel Matip, after his gentle introduction to English football in the 5-0 midweek victory at Burton. Ragnar Klavan is likely to make way.
His other decision is on the right of attack, where Daniel Sturridge didn't perform very well in the 2-0 defeat to Burnley. Sadio Mane will expect to be recalled, and his energy and acceleration might be perfect here - Liverpool will need him to press, and will also looked to his pace in behind the opposition for goalscoring chances.
The most promising area for Tottenham is down their right flank. Not only will Liverpool play James Milner in an unfamiliar left-back role, they also have a problem with protecting him, as Philippe Coutinho tends to drift inside to central positions, and is poor at getting back quickly at defensive transitions.
Kyle Walker will take every opportunity to bomb forward on the overlap, and he should be capable of overloading Milner with teammate Erik Lamela.
Coutinho is a creativity player who needs to be watched carefully, of course, but Pochettino will surely simply ask Dier to adjust his position and move right with Wanyama covering the centre. That will allow Spurs to defend against Coutinho while pushing Walker into space.
Liverpool may look to bypass Tottenham's press by playing quickly into their forwards. Although Roberto Firmino is unlikely to win many aerial duels, he's clever at coming towards play, sucking opposition centre-backs up the pitch, before encouraging others forward with clever passes.
Mane's pace, combined with Coutinho's link play, could produce some good passing moves, although Liverpool will probably need a midfielder, perhaps Adam Lallana, to push forward and find gaps in Spurs' defence.
There should be goals here - any with a high-tempo game and lots of tackling, there might be cards too. Backing a sending-off at anything over 5.04/1 looks good.
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