Premier League preview: Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
By Football News
High-flying Tottenham will take their four-match winning streak to Anfield on Sunday, hoping to unseat a rejuvenated Liverpool.
Andre Villas-Boas' Spurs have catapulted into third spot in the league with a whiff of Champions League in their nose.
They should at least secure a top-four spot, but now they are two points inside the top-three, Villas-Boas will only be looking skywards to guarantee their group-stage spot in Europe's elite competition in 2013/14.
The Reds, meanwhile, have climbed back into contention for securing a spot in the Europa League next season with back-to-back victories.
Albeit against either poor or distracted opposition - the latter being Swansea, who were preparing for a League Cup final when they lost 5-0 at Anfield - Liverpool have put nine goals into the back of the net in their past two wins.
Unsurprisingly, Luis Suarez has scored four of Liverpool's seven goals from open play in those wins to climb to the lead in the race for the Golden Boot with 21 goals.
But one-man show or not, the Reds have found their scoring prowess in a flourish - and that can only breed confidence for Brendan Rodgers' men, who are looking to end their mediocre season on a high.
Once a regular 'big four' club, Liverpool have been forced to scrape their way into seventh spot on the table - with their win over Swansea their first against top-10 opposition this season.
That statistic doesn't spell a happy ending for The Kop on Sunday, and neither does the formline that shows Spurs have not lost on their two most recent trips to Merseyside.
In fact - home or away - Liverpool have not beaten Spurs since January 2010, when Dirk Kuyt scored twice at Anfield in a 2-0 win.
Tottenham won their previous encounter this season at White Hart Lane, with Gareth Bale scoring at both ends in a 2-1 result.
Bale is the man of the hour in the Premier League, with seven goals in his past five matches to total 16 for the season.
The battle within the battle will be that of 'Bale versus Suarez', and whoever can weave their magic the best on Sunday could just decide the winner of this crucial clash for both sides' respective European aspirations.