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Published: 02/02/2012

After overcoming Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final to reach Wembley for the first time since 1996, Liverpool will now be hoping that they can close in on a fourth place finish in the Barclays Premier League when they host Tottenham Hotspur on February 6.

An indifferent series of results in the league has left Liverpool a sizeable six points adrift of potential Champions League qualification and Spurs are just one of the teams that the Reds will be looking to hunt down over the last third of the campaign.

Viewers should be treated to a real tussle in this live Monday night game as the visitors will also be gunning for victory having fallen behind both Manchester City and Manchester United in the title race.

Spurs were cruelly beaten in the final minute of stoppage time away to Roberto Mancini’s table toppers and they cannot afford to drop many points from here on in if they are to re-write their history and overturn their own eight point deficit.

The hosts are sure to pose a tough and rigorous test for a Spurs team who now need to prove their resolve and courage as well as their unquestionable quality.

Anfield has generally been a poor venue for Tottenham however they did manage to grab all three points last season courtesy of goals from Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric.

That success was their first on that particular part of Merseyside since 1993 however and the aforementioned Van Der Vaart and Modric will be vital towards their chances of repeating the feat this time around – against a Liverpool side who are yet to lose at home in the league this season.

Liverpool’s unbeaten record at Anfield thus far in 2011-2012 is clearly the reason why they are rated as favourites for this fixture at 11/10, nevertheless the price itself is hard to justify considering that seven out of those eleven home games to date have ended in draws.

And Tottenham will undoubtedly bring a significant amount more to the table than clubs such as Stoke City and Swansea who have both escaped from Anfield with a point.

With the proviso that Spurs can react well in the F.A Cup to their heart-breaking defeat at City, Harry Redknapp’s side should come away from this encounter with at least a draw and potentially a win which would put them, to some extent, back in contention for Premier League glory.

Liverpool have to be respected for their solid approach and resistance at home however they have failed to build on those foundations by going on to put games to bed.

In terms of creativity, Tottenham hold all the aces and Liverpool may not be able to dictate the tempo of the match like they normally do in front of the Kop.

Although backing a Tottenham success is somewhat risky taking Pool’s record into account, opposing the 11/10 available for a Liverpool win is a must at around 4/6 – a decent price with the luxury of a double result on the punters side.


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