MATCH PREVIEW: Robbie tops Premiership on return to Lane
PUBLISHED: 11:46 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:33 07 September 2010
AFTER Wednesday s heroics against Arsenal, Spurs must overcome the formidable obstacle of leaders Liverpool if they are to notch back-to-back home wins in Saturday s late clash at the Lane. While Tottenham welcomed new boss Harry Redknapp and recorded the
AFTER Wednesday's heroics against Arsenal, Spurs must overcome the formidable obstacle of leaders Liverpool if they are to notch back-to-back home wins in Saturday's late clash at the Lane.
While Tottenham welcomed new boss Harry Redknapp and recorded their first league win of the campaign, Liverpool leap-frogged Chelsea at the top of the table when they ended their 86-match unbeaten home league run. They stayed top by edging a 1-0 win over Portsmouth on Wednesday, courtesy of a disputed Stephen Gerrard penalty late in the game.
Chelsea, meanwhile, burst the Hull City bubble by travelling north and strolling to a 3-0 victory.
The Reds' have 26 points from a possible 32 and stay three points clear of the second-placed Blues. Furthermore, Rafael Benitez's outfit, unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions this season, have also defeated Manchester United and are now legitimate title contenders.
Liverpool's title challenge has been bolstered by former Spur Robbie Keane, who returns to the Lane for the first time since his shock £19million summer move.
Keane, a long-time favourite with the Lane fans, has taken time to adjust to the Liverpool way and notched his first goal for the Reds in their 3-1 Champions League win over PSV at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt had opened the scoring against PSV and has now netted five times this season, while the ever-present Steven Gerrard completed the scoring.
Fernando Torres, absent against Chelsea on Sunday because of a hamstring injury, has also netted five times this season and will be hoping to make his return on Saturday. Albert Riera (Espanol) started at the Bridge and will be hoping to be involved again.
But after Tottenham's great comeback at the Emirates, Liverpool will be looking at the match more apprehensively than would have been the case just a week ago.
Make it - Saturday, 5.30pm, White Hart Lane
Watch it - Saturday, BBC1, 10.10pm