Having rested the majority oh his first choice players for Thursday’s Europa League game, Andre Villas-Boas will be expecting them to repay him with a high tempo display and a home win against a Liverpool side who have shown good form this season with an abundance of goals.
Tottenham’s Home League Record Against Liverpool (inc. PL)
P 70 W 35 D 15 L 20 For 105 Ag 83
Spurs v Liverpool in PL at White Hart Lane
P 21 W 11 D 5 L 5 For 32 Ag 25
Nov. 2012 PL Won 2 – 1 Lennon, Bale
Tottenham started the quicker with Gareth Bale constantly troubling the Liverpool defenders with his pace and Spurs were two up within 16 minutes. Aaron Lennon scored the opener from a Bale cross after 9 minutes and Bale added the second direct from a free-kick. After the early dominance, Spurs game slipped allowing Liverpool to come more into it. They didn’t manage to score until the 72nd minute when from a corner Lennon’s clearance on the line hit Bale and rebounded beyond Hugo Lloris. Spurs held on to take the points with the visitors feeling that they should have had something from the game.
Sept. 2011 PL Won 4 – 0 Modric, Defoe, Adebayor (2)
After seven minutes a cross from Bale found Defoe who laid it off to Luka Modric on the edge of the box and he powered a curling shot into the top corner of the net. Suarez had a goal disallowed and then Charlie Adam was sent off. Spurs dominated play without adding to their goal tally but when
Skrtel was sent off for a foul on Bale, twenty minutes into the second half they took advantage against 9-man Liverpool. Defoe scored after 66 minutes and Emmanuel Adebayor added a third two minutes later. In added time Adebayor completed the rout.
Nov. 2010 PL Won 2 – 1 Opp. o.g., Lennon
A late goal from Lennon secured the points for Spurs after Skrtel had given Liverpool a half-time lead. He then conceded an own goal midway through the second half after Jermain Defoe had missed a penalty. Jamie Carragher going off injured late in the game helped Spurs’ cause as Lennon scored the late winner.
Aug. 2009 PL Won 2 – 1 Assou-Ekotto, Bassong
The opening game of the season and two players scoring their first goals for Spurs secured the points, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong on his debut. Assou-Ekotto scored with a great shot following a Spurs free-kick just before the interval. Gerrard equalised early in the second half but Bassong headed the winner from a corner on the hour.
Nov. 2008 PL Won 2 – 1 Opp. o.g., Pavlyuchenko
Tottenham’s ’2 points from 8 games’ season and Harry Redknapp had just been appointed manager in place of Juande Ramos. A late goal had earned Tottenham a point at Arsenal in midweek and a late goal from Pavlyuchenko brought an end to Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season. Kuyt had scored an early goal and Liverpool were dominant. An own goal from Carragher, his third for Spurs, levelled the score and set Spurs up to snatch the three points with Pavlyuchenko’s late strike.
May, 2008 PL Lost 0 – 2
Two second half goals gave Liverpool victory in the final game of a season which had seen Tottenham lose focus following their Carling Cup success over Chelsea.
Dec. 2006 PL Lost 0 – 1
Tottenham’s attempt on their record run of successive home victories cameto an end as Liverpool won their first game at White Hart Lane since 2003. Spurs conceded a soft goal on half-time and the injury weakened team couldn’t find a response in the second half.
Over Easter of 1963, Tottenham and Liverpool met twice in four days. Liverpool won 5 – 2 at Anfield but Spurs got revenge winning 7 – 2 at home. Jimmy Greaves (4, 1 pen), Cliff Jones (2), Frank Saul were the scorers.
Tottenham haven’t performed as well at White Hart Lane as they would have hoped and results have been disappointing. They improved against Manchester United in the last league game but from a position of strength made a defensive error which allowed United an equaliser and then having regained the lead in the second half, they conceded a penalty. It was similar against Chelsea earlier in the season. They played well in the first half but didn’t take their chances allowing the visitors to make a second half recovery.
This is an important game for both sides and Spurs really need a win to maintain their improved results and to reduce the gap on the other sides at the top of the Premier League. It would also damage Liverpool’s challenge but they will be equally determined to increase their advantage over Spurs and strengthen their own position.