Tottenham Hotspur can maintain the pressure on rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in Wednesday's English Premier League clash with Liverpool. Andre Villas-Boas' men are seventh on the table after snapping a three-match losing streak with a 3-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday. Tottenham are equal on 20 points with north London rivals Arsenal and four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League berth.
The Liverpool fixture is Tottenham's second of three Premier League games in the space of seven days, with a London derby at Fulham to follow on Saturday. Villas-Boas is likely to continue with Jermain Defoe up front after the England striker netted a superb brace against West Ham. "He's enjoying his football," Villas-Boas said. "When we see strikers of this nature, their anger for goals is exactly what you want and request from a striker. I couldn't ask for any more. "His desire and hunger are immense. He works hard and lives off scoring. He's having a great season."
Mousa Dembele is in contention for a starting place when Tottenham welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane on Wednesday. The Belgian midfielder could force manager Andre Villas-Boas to change a winning team after two substitute appearances following his recovery from a hip injury.
Sandro, carried off the field on a stretcher with a stomach injury during Sunday's defeat of West Ham, has been passed fit so Tom Huddlestone may have to be content with a place on the bench.
Emmanuel Adebayor will serve the second game of his three-match ban while Scott Parker, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul remain on the sidelines.
Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Dembele, Lennon, Dempsey, Bale, Defoe
After an indifferent start under new manager Brendan Rodgers, the Reds are starting to find form, thanks in no small part to the goalscoring exploits of Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan is almost certain to lead the Liverpool line again against Spurs, with teenage starlet Raheem Sterling and Jose Enrique providing support from the flanks.
With Andre Wisdom injured, Stewart Downing could continue at left back but Jordan Henderson is expected to be dropped in favor of Nuri Sahin in central midfield.
Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom has recovered from the knee injury which kept him out at the weekend and returns to the squad to face Tottenham.
If the teenager regains his place, winger Stewart Downing - who played at left-back at Swansea on Sunday - would be the player most likely to make way.
Midfielder Lucas Leiva, who played an hour for the Under 21s on Friday, will not be included but could come into contention at the weekend.
Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Downing, Allen, Sahin, Gerrard, Sterling, Enrique, Suarez
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