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Friday, 31 October 2008

Tottenham v Liverpool- Prediction Panel 2008/09: Preview and Predictions

Definitely the most intriguing encounter of the weekend. Liverpool come to White Hart Lane still unbeaten and Spurs have 4 points from two games benefitting from the Redknapp 'bounce'.

Rafa Benitez has a delicate decision to make on team selection with Champions League action in midweek. Victory over Athletico Madrid would all but wrap up qualification with two group games left. In the absence of Fernando Torres the manager would surely like Robbie Keane available for that one.

But not to play Keane against his old club would be a risk so the Irishman will probably start. At the back there has to be a choice between Agger and Hyypia. The Finn started in midweek and his greater experience in Europe might get the nod midweek with Agger playing here.

Harry Redknapp doesn't have to worry about priorities- the Dinamo Zagreb team will depend on who comes out fit from this match. The key decision for the new manager centres on Ledley King and the centre back situation.

King is the best defender at the club but his injury problems cause constant chopping and changing in this key position. Jonathan Woodgate is a very talented player but seems reluctant to take on a dominant role- alongside King would be ideal but Woodgate with either Corluka, Dawson (suspended anyway) or even Rocha, looks less secure. King is probably coming in for this one, if fit.

In midfield and attack Rednapp seems to have swiftly brought confidence back to what always was a significant array of talent. His second big decision is whether he needs more shielding of the back four which might indicate a recall for Zokora.

The atmosphere at Tottenham is much changed but Liverpool in their current mood are a tough nut for anyone. They are finding ways to win games whatever their level of performance and this task might be beyond Spurs at this stage of their revival.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool; Kick Off 05:30pm 01 Nov 2008

Prediction Panel
Our panel contains both Squarefootball writers and readers, the writers are marked: (sqf).

Tony Bellew : 2 - 1
Dave Blackburn : 0 - 2
Sue Gardener : 2 - 2
Chris Goodwin : 2 - 3
Paul Grech (sqf) : 2 - 1
Colin Illingworth (sqf) : 2 - 2
Hugh Larkin (sqf) : 0 - 1
Peter Lee : TBC - TBC
Don McMahon : 0 - 2
Antony Melvin (sqf) : 1 - 2
Stephen Orford (sqf) : 1 - 2
Tony Ratton : 2 - 2
Peter Rendle : 0 - 8
Dan Taylor : 1 - 3
Bill Urban (sqf) : 2 - 3
Andy Wakeman : 1 - 0
Isaac Williams : 1 - 2
Mark Williams : TBC - TBC

Panel Verdict
Regardless of the Redknapp revival the panel are expecting another win for the league leaders, Liverpool.

Home: 3; Draw: 3; Away: 10; TBC: 2;

* Do we have it right, or do you know better? Please don't bother with derisory comments on the predictions after the match - unless you also pulled us up before it!

COMMENTS

Fat Lampost

Sami Hyypia isn't in the Champions League squad, which makes it pretty unlikely he'd be preferred for the game against Athletico Madrid.

Aleksi

Thanks for the post. Perhaps a few more minutes of fact checking might have been in order, though: Hyypia, thanks to the ridiculous rules limiting the number of non-nationals in Champions League teams, is not eligible to play against Atletico. So, if the old man's not too tired from Wednesday, he'll surely start against the Spurs. Who, by the way, will get their asses kicked.

name

"Peter Rendle : 0 - 8"

Sack the clown

Fatmir

I think liverpool has more chance to win cuz tottenham has speend a lot of energy with arsenal 3 days ago and result could be 1-3 or 2-4

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