However this season we have seen 2 very different teams, with both seeing wholesale changes throughout the squad and staff.
Tottenham are currently 4 positions above Liverpool in the table, but there is a small 4 point gap. Although Liverpool are in despereate need of picking up some points to push into the Euro slots, we are only 1 point off of the 5th slot.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 8 league games (winning 3 of them), whereas Tottenham have won 4 and lost 4. So on form the betting man may look at Liverpool picking up 14 points compared to Tottenhams 12.
Two very different sides from the fixture last year, which saw us destroy Liverpool. You may remember that we had one Luka Modric (who actually scored in this game) and a fully firing Adebayor, so things could not be more different. Oh plus we did have a helping hand, scoring 3 after Skrtel's red card.
However this year we have a new edge, Jermain Defoe scored 2 at the weekend (should have got 3) and is looking to cement his position, Sandro has been fantastic this season and currently boasts the most interceptions in the league (48), Gareth Bale has already scored half of his tally for last season (6 goals, in just 13 games), Vertgonhen has been a rock in defense and Lloris has certainly begun to show his true worth. Thats not taking in that we have Dembele back fit (although unlikely to start tomorrow), Dempsey is now supposedly finding his form and has a reasonable record scoring against Liverpool (however each time ended in a 1-0 win) and Aaron Lennon has been looking very confident (even if he has only scored 1 and assisted 3 in his 13 games).
Both teams seem to be finding their feet under the new management, but it may actually be a battle of the strikers tomorrow. Defoe on 10 and Suarez on 13, these 2 front men maybe looking to battle it out for top goalscoring honours!
Either way I am truly looking forward to the game, given that we are at home and have the front foot coming off of a great derby win (possibly the best performance of the season) and have a settled squad playing I believe that we will see a closely fought win.... 2-1. I think Arsenal and Everton will play out a draw so it is a great opportunity to leap frog the 2 and jump back into the 5th position.
I am well behind the lads for this game, it is paramount on gaining some momentum to push further up the table. With this squad and manager I am certain we have what it takes to move up the table, ready to convince some big names in Jan that we are a worthy team (cough Willian cough).
As always guys and gals lets get right behind the lads and give them the 12th man that White Hart Lane is known for!
Come on you Spurs!!!!
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