How Tottenham Have Made Up A 20-Point Deficit On Liverpool

How Tottenham Have Made Up A 20-Point Deficit On Liverpool
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Anfield hosts arguably the biggest game of the season so far when Tottenham and Liverpool go head-to-head on Wednesday night.

The two clubs ended the weekend first and second respectively and they will go into the contest as joint Premier League leaders after Chelsea failed to win at Wolves on Tuesday night.

Led by two of the more charismatic football managers in the division who know what it takes to win the Premier League, Liverpool and Tottenham could be battling it out for the title.

Jose Mourinho has won it three times in two spells with Chelsea while Jurgen Klopp delivered Liverpool's first ever Premier League trophy last season, their first league title in 30 years.

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Both sides dropped points last weekend in the build-up to this top-of-the-table clash. Tottenham had the chance to open up a three-point lead on the Reds on Sunday afternoon and things looked to be going to plan when they led Crystal Palace 1-0 with nine minutes to play.

But Jeffrey Schlupp's equaliser meant the points were shared at Selhurst Park. Less than an hour later at Craven Cottage, Liverpool kicked off against Fulham in a game the champions were expected to win and win with ease.

Bobby Decordova-Reid scored midway through the first half and the biggest upset of the season was on the cards. But Fulham were denied a famous win when Mohamed Salah converted a 79th minute penalty to rescue a point for the Reds.

It was the fourth successive round of fixtures in which Tottenham and Liverpool matched each other's results.

Points Tally Game-By-Game This Season

GameweekLiverpool PtsTottenham Pts

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In their last four matches, both sides have taken eight points and goal difference is the only factor putting Tottenham top of the table.

Spurs have scored 14 more goals than they have conceded while Liverpool's goal difference is +9.

Those differentials are a result of the most dramatic day of action this season. At 4:30pm on Sunday, October 4, Tottenham's away game at Manchester United got under way and 90 minutes later Spurs had beaten their hosts 6-1.

At 7:15pm, Aston Villa and Liverpool kicked off in a game that turned out to be the biggest shock of the season as Villa, remarkably, won 7-2.

Before those two results – which combined were calculated as a 48,000/1 double according to online bookmakers – Liverpool's goal difference was three goals better than Tottenham's, but by the end of that stunning Sunday, Spurs had a seven-goal advantage over the champions.

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Liverpool have not lost a league game since their defeat to Villa while Spurs are unbeaten in their last 11 league games since losing their opener 1-0 at home to Everton.

It has been a remarkable turnaround by Spurs manager Jose Mourinho who had been written off by many pundits after being sacked at Chelsea and Manchester United in his last two jobs.

Mourinho was appointed as successor to Mauricio Pochettino who was sacked after 12 games of the 2019/20 season with Tottenham 14th in the table. The gap between them and leaders Liverpool was 20 points at that stage.

Fast forward 12 months and after 12 games of this current campaign, Spurs have improved their points total by 11 while Liverpool's tally has decreased by 9.

Liverpool vs Tottenham: How This Season Compares To Last After 12 Games

FormLiverpool 19/20Spurs 19/20Liverpool 20/21Spurs 20/21
Goals For28182724
Goals Against10171810

Goal difference is keeping Tottenham top and of the 24 league goals Tottenham have scored, 19 have come from either Son Heung-Min or Harry Kane.

Similarly, Liverpool have scored 27 league goals and 19 of them have been scored by either Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota or Sadio Mane.

Tottenham and Liverpool have had six common opponents from their opening 12 fixtures and Liverpool have the slight edge with 12 points taken compared to Spurs' 11.

Liverpool vs Spurs: Common Opponents This Season

OpponentLiverpool ResultTottenham Result
Everton2-2 Draw (A)0-1 Defeat (H)
West Ham2-1 Win (H)3-3 Draw (H)
Brighton1-1 Draw (A)2-1 Win (H)
Man City0-0 Draw (A)2-0 Win (H)
Chelsea0-2 Win (A)0-0 Draw (A)
Arsenal3-1 Win (H)2-0 Win (H)

So what can we expect from this fixture? Tottenham's away form has been slightly better than their home form with 14 of their 25 points picked up on their travels while the champions have claimed 18 of their 25 points at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's men have not dropped a point on home soil while Mourinho's men have yet to lose an away game. With three of the league's leading scorers on show, it might be fair to assume both teams will score (8/13).

After all, nine of Liverpool's 12 games have seen goals for both them and their opponents and that includes all six of their home games, while six of Tottenham's opening dozen games have seen BTTS pay out.

But Tottenham's philosophy since reaching the league's summit is one based on defence. As soon as they score the first goal, their focus becomes more defensive which has seen them keep four clean sheets in their last five.

Liverpool have registered back-to-back clean sheets in their last two league games at Anfield which makes the first goal in Wednesday's contest all the more crucial.

When Tottenham have scored first, they have not lost and taken 18 points from a possible 24. Liverpool are also unbeaten when they have opened the scoring and they have taken 15 points from the seven matches in which they have scored first.

The champions beat Spurs twice last season by a single-goal margin and this fixture between first and second could well be decided by just one goal.

With so much at stake, this has all the ingredients to be a low-scoring encounter.