The trilogy - Part 3 Liverpool

Yet another TV game sees us embark on the last leg of the dreaded three, The Trilogy - Part 3 Liverpool. March was going to be the month that ended our season although in all honesty it ended when we plumped for an interim manager with no experience.

The trilogy - Part 3 Liverpool

I can understand the reasoning behind it and expect to see the benefits of the approach next season under the new boss. For now after defeats to Chelsea and Arsenal we head to Anfield where a Liverpool side await us who have smashed 20 more goals than Chelsea and 8 more goals than free scoring Manchester City.

At home Liverpool have hit 42 goals in 14 Premier League games, just over 3 goals a game which is 2 more than we have scored all season.

A drubbing on our own patch should ensure that not too many players go through the motions so we can expect to see an improved performance. However we are all at sea defensively and rely on a bit of individual quality to get by.

Before we embarked on these 3 games, from which we needed a minimum of 7 points, thrashings were a distinct possibility. That duly arrived in the first leg when we thrashed ourselves against Chelsea. Embarrassment was spared with an improved display against Arsenal but woeful finishing cost us dear.

Liverpool have two deadly strikers, both of which we would have liked. Alas Harry Redknapp turned down Suarez and we some reason we didn't go after Daniel Sturridge who I thought at the time was exactly the striker we needed. We missed the boat on both counts.

Naturally the press have dug out a player who was linked with both clubs to say joining Spurs was the right decision while Brendon Rogers can say joining Liverpool was the right choice. You wouldn't expect Gylfi Sigurdsson or the Liverpool boss to say any different would you.

“At the time, I was really happy to come to Tottenham,” Sigurdsson said, “And I still am.

“I’m really enjoying it. It’s a fantastic club and in the last couple of seasons we’ve shown the ambition to become better. Hopefully in the next couple of years, it will be really good.

"Because they didn’t qualify for Europe, Liverpool are playing one game a week and it’s benefited them quite a bit, because they’re fresh and ready to go in every game.

“It will be a disappointment if we don’t finish higher than fifth.

"We brought a lot of players in last summer and we know it’s going to take time. It depends on some of the players coming in — some of them fit in straight away, some need a few months or a season just to get used to English football. That’s life.

The trilogy - Part 3 Liverpool"If we can finish in the top four, it will be fantastic.

“Would continuity help us for next season? I don’t see why not. There are fantastic players here and we have good staff all around.

“If we start next season well, then everything is possible. Most of the new players will be in their second season so they will be used to English football by then and they will have settled in.”

Ever desperate to create stories linking two clubs together when they are playing each other the media have come up with a transfer battle they claim we are winning.

The 21-year-old Lazio youngster Ogenyi Onazi is apparently the player involved in the tussle. Spurs are of course in desperate need of a box to box midfielder, only having a plethora of them on the books.

Back to the game though and recently I have been pointing out how well Liverpool have been doing at half-time (top of the league by a distance) compared with ourselves sitting a lowly 10th. Liverpool have been winning 21 of their 31 games at half-time, we have been winning 8.

At home Liverpool have been winning 13 and drawing 1 of their 15 games at half-time. Away from home Spurs have been winning 4 and drawing 8 out of the same number of games. Liverpool have a half-time points tally of 69, Spurs have a tally of 39. Of that Liverpool's home tally is 40 points and our away tally 20 points.

I think you can say statistically we are up against it, oh and Liverpool have been winning at half-time and won 11 games of the last 12 at home. They have also won their last 7 games home and away and have scored at least one goal in 93% of their home games.

Luis Suarez has scored 16 goals at home, Daniel Sturridge 11 followed by Gerrard and Sterling with 4. Away from home Emmanuel Adebayor has scored 7 goals, Paulinho 4 and Roberto Soldado 2.

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Goal Scoring Time Stats

Spurs have not scored a goal in the first 15 minutes (only team in the league) and have conceded 3 in that period in our away games while Liverpool have scored 7 and not let in any at home.

From 16 to 30 minutes Spurs have scored 2 and let in 1 away from home while Liverpool have scored 10 and let in 3 at home.

From 31 minutes until half-time Spurs have scored 4 goals and let in 3 away from home while Liverpool have scored 13 and let in 1 at home.

In the second half from 46 until 60 minutes Spurs have scored 5 and let in 7 away while Liverpool have scored 8 and let in 3 at home.

From 61 to 75 minutes Spurs have scored 6 and let in 1 away while Liverpool have scored 2 and let in 3 at home. Statistically this time is our best opportunity in the game.

From 76 to 90 minutes Spurs have scored 4 and let in 4 away while Liverpool have scored 4 and let in 3 at home.

In summary away from home in the first half Spurs have scored 6 and conceded 7 while Liverpool have scored 30 and let in just 4 at home.

In the second half Spurs have scored 15 goals and conceded 12 away from home while Liverpool have scored 14 and let in 9 at home.

Liverpool have scored the opening goal in 13 of their 15 home games while Spurs have scored the opening goal in 6 of the 15 away games. Liverpool have held the lead 13 times at half-time at home compared to Spurs 4 away from home.

That should keep all you stattos happy.

Liverpool may well field an unchanged side, Spurs have their usual spate of injuries and late fitness tests but Lamela, Capoue and Chiriches are out, Dawson probably won't be fit enough so will start on the bench, Adebayor is hoping to recover from the ankle knock he received against Arsenal while Kyle Walker is unlikely to be available either.

Tottenham lineup therefore may look something like this.

Hugo Lloris
Kyle Naughton Younes Kaboul Jan Vertonghen Danny Rose
Sandro
Aaron Lennon Mousa Dembele Nacer Chadli Christian Eriksen
Emmanuel Adebayor

Substitutes: Brad Friedel, Michael Dawson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho, Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado

The reverse fixture didn't go so well.




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