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Tottenham – Liverpool
Tottenham and Liverpool face off in one of the highest-scoring matches of the 7th round of the Premier League. Spurs’ good start to the season, with Ange Postecoglou at the helm, is also aided by a recent clash record favourable to the home side, who have won three of their last four games against Liverpool. But in the last game, in November last year, it was Jurgen Klopp’s side who won 2-1.
Tottenham arrive at this 7th round in 4th place in the standings, still undefeated, with 14 points. It comes from a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, having won the last home game against Sheffield United 2-1.
Tottenham, by the way, have better results as visitors: they are 10 wins, two draws and three defeats at home in the last 15 games, contrasting with the three wins, five draws and seven defeats in the last 15 trips.
In the last six games, the Spurs have not lost and have always scored. Ange Postecoglu should return to the usual 4x3x3, with Richarlison, Son and Kulusevski in the attacking front, with the support of Maddison.
Liverpool are the runners-up in the Premier League, coming into this clash with five wins and a draw. It comes from a 3-1 win against West Ham and is also much stronger when it plays at home. They have 12 wins, two draws and just one defeat at Anfield Road, against seven wins, five draws and three defeats as a visitor.
And if it’s true that Liverpool have always scored in the first six rounds of the Premier League, they have also conceded in five of them. In the last 15 games, he has conceded first on six occasions but on five of them he has managed to turn it around.
Jurgen Klopp should also bet on a 4x3x3, with Darwin, Luis Diaz and Salah in the attacking trio, with Szoboszlai as the big figure in midfield
Prognosis: More than 2.5 goals.
Boavista and Famalicão measure forces in the 7th round of the League, in a match between the two teams that have starred in this first phase of the season.
Famalicão has a recent favorable matchup history, with four wins in the last three games, including last season on March 19, when they won 2-1.
Boavista, however, presents itself as one of the sensations in this start of the season, having suffered the first defeat of the League in the last round, and then by 1-4, against SC Braga. In the last game at Bessa, Petit’s team also thrashed Chaves 4-1.
Moreover, they have a much more positive record when they play at home, having seven wins, seven draws and only one defeat in Bessa, for the League, in the last 15 games, contrasting with the four wins, two draws and nine defeats as a visitor.
The truth is that Petit’s team has always conceded goals in the first six rounds, having also scored always, including the first defeat of the season, in the last round, against SC Braga (1-4).
Famalicão arrives at this 7th round also with only one defeat and after, in the last round, having drawn with Rio Ave, in Vila do Conde. Famalicão is also stronger playing as a visitor, where they register nine wins, a draw and five losses in their last 15 games, while in the foreign record they have five wins, four draws and six defeats in the same number of matches.
João Pedro Sousa’s side, in the last 15 league games, have conceded the first goal on six occasions and only for one have managed to turn it around. It comes from three straight games without losing.
Prognosis: Both score.
Atalanta, Sporting’s next opponent in the Europa League, in a game scheduled for next Thursday at 17:45 at the José Alvalade Stadium, will face Juventus at home in the 7th round of Serie A.
The recent historic clash refers to total balance between the two formations, with two wins for each side, and two draws, in the last six games. In the last duel, on May 7, Juventus won 2-0.
Atalanta reach this 7th round with four wins and two losses, having won the last game, 1-0, against Hellas Verona, away from home. However, Atalanta have a better record when they play at home, where they have eleven wins, a draw and only three defeats in their last 15 games, in contrast to six wins, two draws and seven defeats away from home.
Atalanta have scored so far in all six league games, and in the last 22 games, in 19 of them there has always been more than one goal. Atalanta should return to the usual system of three centres, with a 3x4x3 where Lookman, De Ketelaere and Koopmeiners are the most offensive units.
Juventus arrive at this 7th round already with a defeat, as well as four wins and a draw. It comes from a 1-0 home win over Lecce after the 2-4 defeat to Sassuolo. Unlike Atalanta, who will face Sporting in the Europa League, Juventus are out of European competitions due to UEFA’s punishment.
Despite facing Atalanta as a visitor, Juventus do not present great oscillations through the stage of the clashes. In the last 15 away games he has six wins, three draws and six losses, while as a visitor he has eight wins, five draws and two defeats in the same number of matches.
Juventus, too, have scored in their last six games and, in their last 15 matches, have conceded first on six occasions, none of which have managed to come away with all three points.
Allegri should keep the bet on 3x5x2, with duo Dušan Vlahović and Arkadiusz Milik in attack. Adrien Rabiot, the French international midfielder, has been Juventus’ maestro in midfield.
Prognosis: Both score and Juventus do not lose.