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Tottenham v Liverpool: New boy Balotelli to net in draw

| 30.08.2014

A match that no sane man would be confident in calling, there is a case for every possible result as Liverpool head to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Spurs’ fine start has seen them win twice in the Premier League without conceding, but the Reds have won the last three games between the pair, including a 5-0 thumping at White Hart Lane last season.

Both sides are priced at 17/10 to grab all three points, but in such a tight match, the savvy punter should be steering his cash towards the draw.

The Draw @ 12/5

After a month spent pining for the return of the Premier League, it’s easy for fans and pundits alike to get carried away with early results, but in reality it’s very hard to know exactly what shape Spurs and Liverpool are in heading into the match.

The Reds’ loss at Manchester City exposed some defensive frailties, but their attack looks as sharp as ever and their hosts are not as solid as two clean sheets in two league games suggests.

You sense both sides will be happy to take a point and that looks the likeliest result at White Hart Lane.

Over 2.5 goals @ 13/20

A far safer bet is that there will be at least three goals, with both Spurs and Liverpool looking in fine attacking form at the start of the new season.

Spurs rattled four past QPR in their first home game of the league season and three of their four games in all competitions have seen over 2.5 goals, as have both of the Reds’.

This match has also been laden with goals in recent years, with five of the last six seeing at least three strikes, although Liverpool did all the work in that regard last season.

Mario Balotelli to score @ 2/1

The former Manchester City man looks an absolute snip at £16m and could be the man to kickstart Liverpool’s post-Luis Suarez era.

Balotelli scored twice on his debut for AC Milan and once coming off the bench in his first game for the Citizens.

He also bagged a late winner as a sub in his one Premier League games against Spurs, the 3-2 victory in the 2011/12 season.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune