Tottenham vs. Liverpool Premier League Odds & Preview

Steven Suarez

Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:47 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 8:47 PM UTC

Top four hopefuls Tottenham and Liverpool meet up at White Hart Lane this weekend in what's sure to be a thrilling Premier League showdown. The odds are even, making it tough to figure out where the best value is. Who are we selecting with our sports picks?

Odds Overview
It's practically a dead heat when it comes to the soccer odds. Tottenham and Liverpool wins are both priced at right around +175, while a draw is trading at +250 at most of the sportsbooks we've checked.
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As far as results go, it's been a perfect start to the season for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham. Spurs have won each of their first four competitive matches, topping West Ham and QPR in Premier League play, as well as getting the better of AEL in Europa League qualifying.

The most recent league win came against QPR, and it was a dominant performance from start to finish in a 4-1 triumph. Nacer Chadli scored twice in the first half, with defender Eric Dier also getting his name on the score-sheet relatively early. Emmanuel Adebayor added Tottenham's fourth in the 65th minute with a composed finish, with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and the Spurs defense holding firm for the clean-sheet at home.

In the return leg against AEL on Thursday, Tottenham easily took care of business at home.

As you can see, Pochettino has gotten off to a fast start at White Hart Lane, and it appears the team is responding well to the change in management. Spurs have been playing attractive attacking football and the results have been positive as a result.

Here comes the team's first true test of the 2014-15 campaign, however. Tottenham will be pushed by Liverpool, there's no doubt about that, but they'll have the support of the home crowd behind them, and that should provide a nice boost.


Will Mario Balotelli make his Reds debut this weekend?

The Italian striker was officially brought on board this week, and he should immediately step into the starting XI once fully fit. Whether or not that happens this Sunday remains to be seen.

As far as Liverpool as a whole is concerned, the team has picked up one win and one loss through their first two Premier League fixtures. The Reds overcame Southampton at home in their opener, but then fell to top dogs Manchester City at the Etihad last Monday.

In the 3-1 defeat, Liverpool did generate some chances, but the men from Merseyside paid the price for not being clinical in front of goal. The Citizens made the most of their chances, and in the end, a late own goal was too little too late for the Reds. The mountain was too high to climb.

There's still reason for optimism around the Liverpool camp though. The likes of Adam Lallana and Jose Enrique are fit again, while Lazar Markovic made a promising cameo in the loss to City. Throw in the addition of Balotelli and you can see why the Reds remain a firm contender to finish in the top four.


Premier League Pick
We are going to take a chance on Liverpool and make them our soccer pick on this game, as we feel there's great value there.

Oddsmakers could be under-valuing the Reds after their loss to Manchester City. The score-line was harsh on Liverpool, who actually didn't play too poorly against the defending champions. The Reds had their chances, and went through periods, especially in the first half, when they dominated possession.

What's more, Liverpool dominated this head-to-head series last season, winning 5-0 at White Hart Lane and 4-0 at Anfield, so that should give Brendan Rodgers' men a good deal of confidence. There's obviously been a regime change at Tottenham, but the players are still getting used to a new system and that takes time.

With that said, we're recommending a small play on the Reds at a price approaching +175. We think they can escape London with a crucial three points.
Soccer Pick: Tottenham 1 Liverpool 2


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