Football fans are looking forward to the match at 16.00 GMT on Sunday August 16th, 2009, between Tottenham Hotspurs and Liverpool F.C. This match kicks off the first Super Sunday of the upcoming season, and Liverpool will be playing an away match against the Spurs at White Hart Lane. Currently the Tottenham Hotspurs hold the seventeenth position in the country’s Premier League, while Liverpool is ahead in the eleventh position.
Both teams have been doing well lately, with good performances on both sides. Liverpool F.C. lost only twice last season, but one of those losses was at the hands of the Tottenham Hotspurs. In the past, Liverpool has won 68 of the games played between these two teams, Spurs have won 41 games and there have been 38 draws. Of the games played at White Hart Lane in particular, the Spurs have won 34 games, Liverpool has won 22 games, and there was a draw 38 times.
The Spurs could do better when it comes to defence. This is one reason why many betters will not be placing their money on this team this season. However, the Tottenham defence is making strides in the right direction – you would have observed that they won four consecutive home games at the end of the last season. What’s more, the Liverpool defence has its weaknesses, too, and the game on August 16th could go either way. The absence of Zokora will be felt in this regard. Gunter is also no longer with the team.
There has been a good deal of change in the line up of the Liverpool team. Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa have left Liverpool to join the Real Madrid team. Alberto Aquilani and Glen Johnson will be taking their places on the Liverpool side. Also, Voronin, who was on loan to Hertha Berlin, has come back to Liverpool F.C. A lot is riding on the shoulders of Fernando Torres, who, along with Stephen Gerrad are the stars of the Liverpool side. It is likely that Fernando Torres will be the first one to score a goal, so a bet here might be a good idea.
In the Tottenham team, Sebastien Bassong has come in from the Newcastle team with a view to strengthening the Spurs’ defence. As far as attack is concerned, good things are hoped for from new team member Peter Crouch, although the Spurs’ forwards do a good job already. If you want to bet on individual performance, Crouch could be a good option.
Liverpool’s defence is less effective than it could be since neither Martin Skrtel nor Daniel Agger will be playing in this game. Jamie Carraher and Fabio Aurelio are also absent from the line up.
The Liverpool team now consists of Reina, Cavalieri, Agger, Torres, Voronin, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Riera, Babel, Dossena, Insua, Skrt, Johnson, Carragher, Mascherano and Benayoun, while Crouch, Cudicini, Geovani, Gomes, Huddlestone, Hutton, Bassong, Lennon, O’Hara, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Chimbonda, Corluka, Dawson, Jenas, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Palacios, Modric, Keane and Defoe form the Tottenham team.
At the moment, the odds on a Liverpool win are 5/4 (Skybet), while 12/5 is being offered on a Spur success. You will get 12/5 on a draw outcome.
In conclusion, one can say that both Liverpool and the Spurs have a good chance of winning the season opener on Sunday, with the balance tending slightly in favour of Liverpool. Betting on the Liverpool team seems to be the logical thing to do – a 1-0 win seems quite likely.