Tottenham host Liverpool this weekend in what should be an incredibly close encounter between two teams in red-hot form.
Neither of the two teams have lost a game in the Premier League so far this season, and both teams will be eager to end the other’s unbeaten run on Saturday.
Tottenham may be at home, but Liverpool are probably coming into this game as slight favourites due to their stronger recent form.
Speaking on ESPN, Ale Moreno has given his prediction for this match, and he says that he can see Liverpool winning this game as they will get the better of Tottenham in transition, naming Cristian Romero as a player who could make the mistake to give Liverpool the three points here.
“I’m going to take Liverpool because they can take advantage of some transition moments that Spurs have at times. With their willingness to go forward, they leave themselves in bad positions, Romero might have a bad decision in him, that’s why I’m taking Liverpool and Darwin Nunez scoring the winner,” Moreno said.
The reality is that in games like this it can often take just one mistake to decide the result.
Both Tottenham and Liverpool will fancy their chances of getting a win here, and it may well come down to which team can hold their nerve and not do anything stupid.
Sadly, as Moreno says, it would be well within Romero’s character to make the mistake that costs Tottenham this weekend – he almost did it last week against Arsenal when he gave away the penalty to make it 2-1.
Composure may well be the name of the game on Saturday in this game, and Romero doesn’t necessarily excel in that area.
In Another News,
Journalist suggests Postecoglou could tweak his system in Liverpool clash
Journalist Paul Brown has suggested that Ange Postecoglou could tweak his system against Liverpool if James Maddison is not declared fit for the game.
Maddison was once again one of the best players on the pitch at the Emirates on Sunday, delivering another remarkable performance in his first North London derby.
The attacking midfielder set up both of Son Heung-min’s goals but Spurs fans became nervous when he went down holding his knee midway into the second half.
The midfielder only played for ten more minutes before eventually being replaced by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Football. London’s Alasdair Gold stated on Monday that while the England international’s initial feeling about his knee is ‘positive’ he is anticipated to have a scan to ensure that everything is okay.
The Times have also reported that Spurs are confident Maddison will be ready to play against the Reds by Saturday.
Brown has now said that Postecoglou would not risk Maddison in Liverpool clash even if he has a minor issue and suggested that the Australian might have to make slight changes to his system since he does not have a like-for-like replacement for the former Leicester star.
The journalist told GiveMeSport: “I think Maddison makes this team tick and they don’t have a like-for-like replacement who could come in if he has to come out of the team because he’s unfit or injured. So it would probably mean slightly tweaking the system. Unless Postecoglou has a backup plan there that we haven’t seen yet.
“I do think Maddison is vital really for Spurs, so they can’t really afford to be without him. And if he has a knock, I doubt Postecoglou would risk him getting a worse injury or making that problem worse.
“But it doesn’t look like it is something to worry about. So I think they’ll assess it over the next couple of days and we’ll see how he is. But yeah, I do think Maddison has become already kind of a key man at Spurs.”
The problem Posteocoglou has is there are also doubts over the fitness of Giovani Lo Celso, who has missed the last few games with a hamstring problem.
So, if Maddison is not 100 per cent fit for Saturday’s clash, the 58-year-old might have to start with Brennan Johnson or Dejan Kulusevski in the number eight role.