Premier League Betting 21/22: Tottenham vs Liverpool Betting Preview

Written By Alex Blowers on December 17, 2021

Five games have been called off this weekend due to Covid outbreaks in Manchester United‘s, Watford‘s, Leicester City‘s, Norwich City‘s, and Brentford‘s squads. Managers around the league have called for a firebreak to stem the crisis, but the Premier League has ignored those requests, insisting that play continues where it can.

At the time of writing, Tottenham are still scheduled to play Liverpool on Sunday, and both clubs have recently been affected by the virus. Spurs were the first to suffer a Covid outbreak in early December. They had multiple cases among their players and staff forcing them to shut down their training ground for five days and postpone three fixtures.

One of those was their final group game against Stade Rennais in the Europa Conference League. The club have tried to rearrange the fixture, but UEFA aren’t accommodating, and it looks like they’ll exit the competition. This could turn out to be a good thing, as they have three Premier League fixtures that will need to be rescheduled before the season’s end.

Liverpool were without the services of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, and Curtis Jones in their 3-1 win over Newcastle. The trio returned suspected positive covid tests during the week and are isolating at home, waiting on the results of PCR tests taken on Thursday. All of the other players tested negative and hopefully will continue to.

The game is scheduled to kick off Sunday at 11:30 AM EST and will be shown live on NBCSN.

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Premier League Betting: Tottenham vs Liverpool Betting Preview


CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayGoals ForGoals AgainstTotal GoalsxG ForxG AgainstTotal xGxG Difference
Premier LeagueEvertonAway0000.80.51.3+0.3
Premier LeagueLeeds UnitedHome1232.01.13.1+0.9
Europa Conference LeagueNŠ MuraAway123N/AN/AN/AN/A
Premier LeagueBrentfordHome2022.40.32.7+2.1
Premier LeagueNorwich CityHome3031.71.63.3+0.1
Total / Average Per Game7 / 1.44 / 0.811 / 2.21.72 / 0.343.5 / 0.8710.4 / 2.6+3.4 / +0.68

Stats taken from FBREF

Premier League Betting: Tottenham vs Liverpool Betting Preview

Out: Cristian Romero (Hamstring)
Doubtful: Bryan Gil (Covid), Heung-Min Son (Covid), Dane Scarlett (Covid), Lucas Moura (Covid), Emerson Royal (Covid), Oliver Skipp (Covid)
Suspended: None
Coach: Antonio Conte

Tottenham’s Covid outbreak occurred Wednesday 8th December, and this game is scheduled for the 19th December. Current UK guidelines state anyone who tests positive must self-isolate for a further ten days.

Technically, Bryan Gil, Heung-Min Son, Dane Scarlett, Lucas Moura, Emerson Royal, and Oliver Skipp could be available for selection, but I don’t think the club will take the risk.

Antonio Conte will continue with his 3-4-2-1 formation and give Harry Winks, Steven Bergwijn, and Tanguy Ndombélé opportunities to impress. Dele Alli could also start, but I think it’s more likely we will see him on the bench. Recent reports suggest chairman Daniel Levy is ready to let Alli leave in January with a loan deal the most likely.


CompetitionOpponentHome/AwayGoals ForGoals AgainstTotal GoalsxG ForxG AgainstTotal xGxG Difference
Premier LeagueEvertonAway4152.10.62.7+1.5
Premier LeagueWolvesAway1012.50.22.7+2.3
UEFA Champions LeagueAC MilanAway2131.10.92.0+0.2
Premier LeagueAston VillaHome1012.50.32.8+2.2
Premier LeagueNewcastleHome3132.30.32.6+2.0
Total / Average Per Game11 / 2.23 / 0.613 / 2.610.5 / 2.12.3 / 0.4612.8 / 2.56+8.2 / +1.64

Stats taken from FBREF

Premier League Betting: Tottenham vs Liverpool Betting Preview

Out: Harvey Elliot (Ankle), Nathanial Phillips (Fractured Cheekbone), Curtis Jones (Eye and Covid), Adrián (Unknown)
Doubtful: Virgil van Dijk (Covid), Fabinho (Covid), Divock Origi (Unknown)
Suspended: None
Coach: Jürgen Klopp

If van Dijk and Fabinho return negative tests, they’ll return to the starting lineup. If not, Ibrahima Konaté will continue to deputize in central defense alongside Jöel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, or Naby Keïta will start in central midfield.

Roberto Firmino came off the bench Thursday night to complete his return from injury. The Brazilian international has been out for the last six weeks with a hamstring issue, and it will be a few more games before he’s ready to start.


This will be Tottenham’s first game in 14 days, and naturally, you would think they have an advantage because of the rest. I think it’s the opposite, and they will struggle to match Liverpool’s intensity.

We see it in UEFA Champions League qualifiers in June and July when one of the teams is two or three weeks behind the other in their preseason and plays really flat. It’s a shame because Spurs were on a three-game winning streak, and building momentum before the Covid outbreak disrupted everything.

Back Liverpool to win this game comfortably by two or three goals.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING TIPS: Liverpool -1.5 Goals +170


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