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08th Jan 2020

Is Mourinho the man to derail the Liverpool steam train?


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Could Tottenham be the team?

After a bright start, Mourinho’s men have hit their first bump in the road and it’s taken them further off the beaten track than the Portuguese maestro would have wanted, and than any Spurs fan could have imagined.

A draw with Norwich in the League, followed by a loss to Southampton. Those two poor results were soon confounded by an FA Cup draw with lowly Middlesborough and suddenly, bright beginnings have been besmirched by an unpleasant few weeks for the north London team.

But Mourinho teams are renowned for swinging when the going is tough. He’s no stranger to a giant-killing when everybody is writing him and his team off and challenges don’t get any bigger than the one they face this Saturday evening.

Unbeaten and high flying Liverpool are on the road to the unsuitably named ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium,’ and the fixture represents a huge chance for Mourinho’s team to banish the doubters and to get back on the wagon.

You wouldn’t put it past him landing a curve-ball to derail the Liverpool wagon, still, the Merseysiders will go in as the fancied team.

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Tottenham v Liverpool (17:30, Sat)

Mourinho will be going for the jugular while Jurgen Klopp will be aiming to keep things as they are. Liverpool have been well and truly invincible of late and it’s hard to see them being beaten here.

Unless of course, Jose Mourinho pulls a rabbit from the hat spring Irish teen sensation Troy Parrott late on.

The return of Heung Min Son also bodes well. A tentative nod to the underdogs.

Prediction: Tottenham 3-2 Liverpool

Bournemouth v Watford (14:00, Sun)

How quickly things can change. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have been on the crest of a wave since their promotion in 2015 but for the first time since, they’ve hit the soft ground.

And unfortunately for the Cherries, they haven’t taken to it well. No win in their last four, the defence is leaky and goals are hard to come by.

In contrast, Watford are climbing. Nigel Pearson has given them the bounce and another win here will see them leapfrog Bournemouth and maybe Aston Villa, out of the relegation zone.

A real relegation six-pointer, if there’s ever been on.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Aston Villa v Man City (16:30, Sun)

Lambs to the slaughter you would say, but Man City have been slightly hit and miss in recent weeks and Aston Villa are playing well.

Jack Grealish will need to have the game of his life for Villa to cause a shock, though injuries to Wesley and Heaton will be damaging.

Villa to put up a fight, but City to edge it.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Man City

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