The jury is still out on newly-appointed managers Andre Villas-Boas and Brendan Rodgers, and the two young bosses go head-to-head as Liverpool travel to Tottenham on Wednesday evening.
The pressure surrounding the Portuguese was already mounting from some quarters after a run of three consecutive league defeats, but Sunday’s 3-1 win over West Ham should go some way to silencing the critics for now.
Victory over Liverpool would considerably add to the former Porto man’s credentials, and his side are slight favourites at 7/5 (2.40) to come out on top in this one.
Rodgers has drawn praise for successfully integrating a number of promising young players into the first team, but a win in this match would probably represent his best result since moving to Anfield.
You can get odds of 15/8 (2.88) on the Reds recording their first victory in seven attempts at White Hart Lane.
These two sides played out a 0-0 draw in a pre-season friendly in America this summer, and they also drew a blank in their last Premier League encounter in February.
Considering Liverpool have drawn four of their last five Premier League away games, backing the draw could seem tempting with odds of 12/5 (3.40) on offer.
Villas-Boas’ notorious attacking philosophy has reaped dividends, with Spurs having scored in 12 out of 13 league games this season, but the downside is a defence that has kept just one clean sheet in that time.
A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in 11 of the hosts’ 13 Premier League encounters this season, as well as four of Liverpool’s last five on the road, so is surely one of the best bets on offer at odds of 4/7 (1.57) here.
This match sees two of the league’s most in-form strikers facing off, as Premier League top scorer Luis Suarez will try and outscore Jermain Defoe, who has seven goals to his name.
Both players are priced up at attractive 5/1 (6.00) odds to score first, but home advantage makes the former West Ham striker the best bet.
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