Tottenham vs Liverpool: TV, stream, lineup, betting odds for EPL matchday 18

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The Premier League title race will be in the spotlight on Sunday with the top three teams all in action and under pressure to win and at least keep pace with the others.

Liverpool (2nd, 40 pts) are only one point off the top of the table ahead of a trip to Tottenham (7th, 25 pts), with the match currently deemed on track despite both clubs facing separate COVID issues -19.

The Reds announced ahead of Thursday’s game against Newcastle (3-1 win) that Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones have all tested positive and will be out indefinitely. While that doesn’t seem to matter against the relegation-threatened Magpies, it could be important against Spurs.

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Tottenham, meanwhile, have seen three consecutive games postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the squad, including two league games. Spurs haven’t played since December 5, which is a major layoff for the players.

Spurs are away looking at European places, but with the demise of West Ham and Wolves they could potentially strike and secure a place in the top third of the table. A result this weekend would be a monumental step towards that effort.

How to watch Tottenham vs Liverpool

  • Dated: Sunday December 19
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.ET
  • TV channel: – Nothing –
  • Diffusion: peacock

The match will be available exclusively on the NBC Peacock streaming platform in the United States. It will not be televised.

DAZN will broadcast the game in Canada.

Tottenham vs Liverpool rosters and team news

Aside from the COVID-19 outbreak, the Spurs are for the most part in good health, with a long period of rest and recovery. Only center-back Cristian Romero is confirmed out, having suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty in November. Sergio Reguilon should be ready to go, while Giovani Lo Celso is questionable with a knee injury also suffered with the Argentina national team.

COVID-19 issues will certainly have an impact, but the team is now down to two cases, according to director Antonio Conte. It is not known which players are affected however the EPL injury table led by the well-connected Ben Dinnery has identified a few names. According to the affected staff, the situation could potentially leave the Spurs attack in disarray and make prediction of the roster a challenge.

Tottenham’s projected starting eleven (3-4-3): Lloris (GK) – Sanchez, Dier, Davies – Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Tanganga – Bergwijn, Kane, Clarke

Liverpool have revealed the three players who have tested positive for COVID-19 and will almost certainly miss Sunday’s game. This will leave either Ibrahima Konate or Joe Gomez continuing to replace Van Dijk in the center back, the former playing extremely well against Newcastle.

Divock Origi, back in shape after a slight injury in training, could be an option up front for manager Jurgen Klopp if he decides Diogo Jota or Sadio Mane could use a rest. Otherwise, the Reds look pretty healthy like their counterparts. It is possible that Naby Keita will replace Thiago, who was poor midweek, while James Milner is also an option.

Liverpool projected starting eleven (4-3-3, left to right): Alisson (GK) – Robertson, Konate, Matip, Alexander-Arnold – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Keita – Mane, Jota, Salah

Tottenham vs Liverpool odds and betting choices

Odds courtesy of DraftKings

Liverpool controlled their last game against Newcastle, and while there were a few mistakes (mostly from Thiago, if we’re being honest) it was a complete performance. The Reds roll, to the point that the absence of Van Dijk was canceled by a spectacular Ibrahima Konate who supplied perfectly. Mohamed Salah is on a record 15-game Premier League streak contributing a goal or an assist, and there is little to stop the Reds.

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Tottenham beat their last three opponents by a total of 7-1, but those three opponents were Norwich, Brentford and Leeds. It’s Liverpool. Since a 1-0 win over Man City on Matchday 1, Spurs have been terrible against top-level competition. They were beaten by Manchester United 3-0, torrefied by Arsenal 3-1 and hammered by Chelsea 3-0.

To make matters worse for the hosts, Liverpool have won seven straight games between the two in all competitions. The Reds have only kept two clean sheets during that span, one of which being the Champions League final in June 2019, but it will be hard to imagine Spurs breaking through the back line of the Reds here. Tottenham could fight rust, fitness and team form, especially if Son Heung-min is sidelined.

Take: Liverpool win to zero (+180)

Prediction: Tottenham 0, Liverpool 2

  • Moneyline: Tottenham +475 / Draw +350 / Liverpool -175
  • Propagated: Tottenham +0.5 (+155) / Liverpool -0.5 (-175)
  • O / U 2.5 total goals: Over -160 / Under +125
  • The two teams score: Yes -150 / No +115


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