Tottenham v Liverpool: Why Wijnaldum odds can help Reds to keep up fine recent record
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | August 25, 2016
Wijnaldum odds or Janssen tips for Tottenham v Liverpool?
To any native of the Netherlands, Saturday lunchtime’s Premier League kick-off of Tottenham v Liverpool will hold particular interest.
It’s a match that should pit the Dutch Footballer of the Year for 2015 Georginio Wijnaldum against last season’s Eredivisie top scorer, Vincent Janssen on opposing sides.
Both Netherlands international teammates are at different stages of their careers. Midfielder Wijnaldum, 25, has captained PSV Eindhoven to a domestic title and is already a proven Premier League performer as the standout star in Newcastle United’s relegation campaign last term.
Grabbing double figures for goals at St James’ Park earned Wijnaldum a £25m transfer to Anfield, where he has moved infield from a nominal left wing berth to operate in the engine room.
Janssen tips: Will be break duck against Reds?
Striker Janssen, 22, is finding his feet at Spurs, meanwhile, having yet to score but making a full Premier League debut last time out in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
White Hart Lane teammate Christian Eriksen is backing Janssen as a tip to soon break his duck, however, and he’s 5/4 with Coral to strike against Liverpool anytime, and better at 5/1 to strike first.
“With Vincent, he’s something different,” Denmark midfielder Eriksen told Sky Sports. “He loves to tackle, he loves to battle and he loves to play football.
“Of course it’s the beginning for him, he wants to show everyone that he can play football and he’s done that. For him it’s about getting his confidence and with a bit of luck he’ll be scoring.”
Tottenham v Liverpool produces big scores
Tottenham have failed to win any of their last seven meetings (D2, L5) with Liverpool, though, and that makes Jurgen Klopp’s crew tempting 19/10 chances for an away victory in north London.
If continuing to play as expansively and openly as the Reds did on their previous trip to the capital when they ran out 4-3 winners over Arsenal on the Premier League’s opening day, then this should be a fruitful day out for the Merseysiders.
Under Klopp this term, Liverpool’s approach seems to be a sureness of touch when it comes to outscoring the opposition. While their defence remains dodgy, the Reds have racked up some impressive results at White Hart Lane in the past three years.
Routs of 5-0 and 3-0 prior to last season’s goalless draw cannot be ruled out. A feature of such rampant scorelines was Liverpool’s ability to move the ball quickly through midfield, albeit under a different manager. Over 3.5 goals in Tottenham v Liverpool is also 19/10.
Wijnaldum odds in anytime market tempting
Wijnaldum, who already has a Reds assist to his credit, can help pull this tactic off again because he is a forward-thinking midfielder that will often look to feed Philippe Coutinho and company in attack.
Having struck twice against Spurs last term, Wijnaldum odds to score anytime are awesome at 11/2 if you’re looking for a bigger price punt on this match.
Although Mauricio Pochettino is playing with two deeper-lying midfielders in Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama, Wijnaldum got the better of both last term, also netting against the latter Kenyan’s former club Southampton.
Whether you’re piling on Janssen tips or taking those Wijnaldum odds, this delightful Dutch duo have all the ability and talent to steal the show on Saturday.
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