Super Sunday’s Second Fixture Sees Man United Host Spurs
Last updated: December 9, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1|
|Last season:||Man Utd 1 – 0 Tottenham|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Despite just one place separating these two teams in the Premier League standings, there are already six points between Manchester United & Tottenham. For Manchester United then, this is already a vital test, one that they must win to keep up the pace with leaders. A loss would leave them nine points outside of the top five and potentially sixteen from the league leaders. That would be a huge deficit at this stage of the season.
United will be stregthened by the return of Eric Bailly in defence. It has been their defensive failings that have cost them points this season, a fact highlighted perfectly by the late goal needlessly conceeded last week against Everton. The next month will be a critical time if United are to taste success this season. A hectic fixture list over the christmas period has been embraced by Mourinho, but the tolls this will take and the results it will bring remain to be seen. It’s fair to say that the team is beginning to look more fluid and dangerous. If the defence can tighten up, then good results should follow.
After a disappointing early exit from the Champions League and the first league defeat of the season, Tottenham bounced straight back last week with an emphatic win against Swansea. Key players are both returning from injury – in the form of Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld – or, as in the case of Christian Eriksen, finally starting to fulfill their promise. Spurs will be well up for this clash then and their stubbornness at the back, combined with sharpness up front, could prove too hot for United to handle. Harry Kane has six goals in his last five league matches, and looks to be the key man for goals here.
Eric Bailly should be fit to slot back into the United defence, while Luke Shaw is also nearing return. Chris Smalling remains out with a toe injury. Wayne Rooney is available again after suspension.
The United attack is beginning to look healthy, as players have found both form and fitness. Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be in line to start his second Premier League game in a row after impressing in his last appearances and bagging his first goal for the club in the Europa league.
Erik Lamela is nearing a retun from the hip injury that has kept him out for some time, but is unlikely to be fit in time for this fixture.
In the Tottenham defence, Toby Alderweireld should be fit again and in contention, although Ben Davies is unlikely to be passed fit with an ankle injury.
|Man Utd (4-2-3-1):||de Gea, Valencia, Jones, Bailly, Darmian, Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Martial|
|Subs:||Rojo, Mata, Rooney, Blind, Rashford, Romero, Fellaini|
|Tottenham (4-2-3-1):||Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Son Heung-min, Kane|
|Subs:||Vorm, Nkoudou, Sissoko, Onomah, Wimmer, Winks, Wanyama|
So far this season
|Manchester United this season||Tottenham this season|
|2 (3)||(at home) Wins (away)||5 (2)|
|4-1 vs. Leicester||Biggest win||5-0 vs. Swansea|
|4 (2)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (4)|
|0-4 vs. Chelsea||Biggest Defeat||1-2 vs. Chelsea||Zlatan Ibrahimovic (8)||Top scorer||Harry Kane (7)|
|Wayne Rooney (4)||Assist Leader||Christian Eriksen (4)|
|Y33, R1||Discipline||Y27, R0|
|3||Failures to score||1|
|9||Both Teams to Score Games||7|
|6||Over 2.5 Games||5|
|8||Under 2.5 Games||9|
- United are unbeaten in their last five matches, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Four of those matches have been draws, including against struggling Burnley and West Ham, while the only victory came against bottom of the table Swansea.
- Tottenham quickly forgot their first league defeat of the season by thrashing Swansea 5-0 last week. They have the opportunity to increase the distance between themselves and the Red Devils with victory here.
- United’s attack will face the best defence in the league in this fixture. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has refound his scoring form, but will need better support if United are to penetrate a Tottenham defence that is likely to be back to full strength.
- Tottenham have failed to score just once this season and with Harry Kane back and Christian Eriksen finding form, the United defence will have to improve if they want to increase their tally of just four clean sheets.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|10/04/2016||Premier League||Tottenham 3 – 0 Manchester United||Alli 70′|
|08/08/2015||Premier League||Manchester United 1 – 0 Tottenham||Walker OG 22′|
|15/03/2015||Premier League||Manchester United 3 – 0 Tottenham||Fellaini 9′|
|28/12/2014||Premier League||Tottenham 0 – 0 Manchester United||—|
|01/01/2014||Premier League||Manchester United 1 – 2 Tottenham||Adebayor 34′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Spurs have lost just once in the league this season and i’d fancy them to maintain that record with their team back to full strength. United’s home record also isn’t great, with just two wins at Old Trafford so far. While their form has significantly improved of late, I can’t see them having enough to topple Tottenham. For this reason, I’ll be backing Tottenham with a Draw No Bet at around 11/8. A double chance is around 3/4, while if you think Spurs will have enough to win the match, you can get a great price of around 12/5. All these bets and more can be found at Ladbrokes.