Two teams that will be clamoring for the top four this season meet at White Hart Lane this weekend. The soccer odds see a close encounter between Tottenham and Liverpool but the match has huge significance for both teams.

The opening two matches of the Premier League schedule for Spurs were an absolute disaster. They opened the season with a 3-0 loss to a high-flying Manchester United side and then were humiliated 5-1 at home by Manchester City

Andy Carrol LiverpoolThankfully for Spurs fans, the club was able to finally get in the winning column with a 2-0 victory over Wolves last weekend. Emmanuel Adebayor scored on his debut and Jermain Defoe also got on the scoresheet. 

During the week Tottenham drew PAOK Salonika 0-0 in a Europa League group tie with Harry Redknapp opting to field an inexperienced starting XI. 

The reason? It allowed his big names to get some extra rest ahead of this critical clash with the Reds. 

Liverpool began the season off well, going undefeated through their first four games across all competitions. But one week ago, the Reds left a rowdy Britannia Stadium with nothing as they lost 1-0 to Stoke City. 

Nevertheless the biggest sportsbooks are still giving the boys from Merseyside a great chance to win at White Hart Lane on Sunday. 

In the soccer odds we see that the Reds range from +178 (Pinnacle) to +170 (Bodog) while the Spurs are listed at +176 and +165 at the same respective books. 

Who performs best without their captain? 

Many Liverpool faithful would have loved to see skipper Steven Gerrard return for this pivotal fixture. The influential midfielder has not featured at all this season while recovering from a groin operation over the summer. 

Results have been so-so for the Reds without their main man. The play of Luis Suarez has been a key reason why Dalglish's army have picked up some good results, while newcomer Charlie Adam has done a commendable job in the middle as well. 

Suarez took the Premier League by storm last season following his move during the January transfer window and has kept his foot on the pedal so far in the new campaign.

As for Tottenham, Redknapp will be delighted to have kept hold of Luka Modric despite heavy interest from Chelsea during the transfer frenzy. 

The Spurs were able to sign England international Scott Parker while also bringing in Adebayor on a season-long loan from Manchester City. Meanwhile a number of faces left the club, including Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios and Alan Hutton. Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley were sent out on loan. 

Unfortunately for Redknapp, captain Michael Dawson is set to miss up to two months of action due to a problem with his Achilles. These frequent injuries to his backline were why the manager was so adamant about signing Bolton defender Gary Cahill. 

Still, Adebayor and Parker are two top-quality signings in my book and I expect the pair to be important contributors throughout the season. 

With Modric and the always dangerous Gareth Bale also likely to be on the pitch, Liverpool is going to have to come out firing on all cylinders if they are to get a point out of this match. 

The Reds must come out attacking a weakened Spurs defensive front if they want the result, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised if it was Suarez that ends up being the center of all of the moves once again. 

All in all, I reckon we'll see a fair share of goals here on what is a Super Sunday (Manchester United play Chelsea) with a draw seeming like a genuinely plausible result. 

Pick: Tottenham 2 Liverpool 2