Alexis Sánchez to make his debut as a Manchester United player
Last updated: January 29, 2018 by Leon Marshal
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A top of the table clash awaits us this Wednesday evening as Tottenham host Manchester United at Wembley. As intriguing and important as this contest may be, all eyes will be on one player, as Alexis Sánchez looks set to make his debut as a Manchester United player. Sánchez featured in United’s comfortable FA Cup win against Yeovil on Friday, with the Chilean earning an assist. Tottenham had a much more frustrating FA Cup match, with Harry Kane sparing their blushes with an equaliser against Newport.
Tottenham’s draw against Southampton last week didn’t turn out too bad of a result, after Liverpool fell to a shock defeat against Swansea. Spurs clearly missed the creative talents of Christian Eriksen, who was absent through illness, but the Dane is expected to be fit again here. He will be vital if Tottenham want to unlock the league’s best defence; United have kept a whopping fourteen cleansheets, thanks to both organised defending and the super-human goalkeeping abilities of David de Gea. Harry Kane has three goals in his last three league games and he will be the man, as usual, that Spurs will look to for goals. But they must be ultra focused in defence too. With Sánchez likely to play and add a whole new dimension to the opponent’s attack, United should be an even stronger force than when they beat Spurs earlier in the season.
The headlines have been dominated by Sánchez and most are agreed that the Chilean is a good signing that will bolster United’s attack, despite the ever increasing fee. The reverse fixture of this was a cagey affair that was settled only by a late goal by Anthony Martial. The Frenchman is in great form and Mourinho will be wary of taking him out for Sánchez, but one attacking player will have to make way if Sánchez starts, with Jese Lingard or Juan Mata being the two likeliest. The Red Devils are on a good little run of eight games unbeaten, which has seen them consolidate second position somewhat. The arrival of Sánchez could be the boost they need to finish the final third of the season in style.
Toby Alderweireld is approaching a return from a hamstring injury that has seen him out for many months.
Christian Eriksen missed the last match through illness but is expected to be back in time to feature here.
Alexis Sánchez is set to make his Premier League debut as a Manchester United player.
Ashley Young returned straight back into the starting lineup last week, but he faces stiff competition from the back in form Luke Shaw.
|Tottenham (4-3-3):||Lloris, Trippier, Sánchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Son Heung-min, Kane|
|Subs:||Aurier, Lamela, Wanyama, Llorente, Sissoko, Vorm, Walker-Peters|
|Doubtful:||Alderweireld, Lloris, Aurier,|
|Man Utd (4-3-3):||de Gea, A Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young, Lingard, Matic, Pogba, Sánchez, R Lukaku, Martial|
|Subs:||Rojo, Rashford, Romero, Herrera, Shaw, Fellaini, Mata|
|Injured:||Bailly, Blind, Carrick, Ibrahimovic|
So Far This Season
|Tottenham So Far This Season||Man Utd So Far This Season|
|7 (6)||Wins (away)||9 (7)|
|5 – 1 vs. Stoke||Biggest Win||4 – 0 vs. Everton|
|4 (2)||Draws (away)||2 (3)|
|1 – 4 vs Man City||Biggest Defeat||1 – 2 vs Man City|
|Harry Kane (21)||Top Goal Scorer||Romelu Lukaku (11)|
|Y30, R2||Discipline||Y41, R1|
|3||Failures to Score||3|
|50%||Both Teams to Score Games||37%|
|45%||Over 2.5 Goals||58%|
|55%||Under 2.5 Goals||42%|
- Somewhat surprisingly and despite having Harry Kane, more than half of Tottenham’s games have featured less than 2.5 goals.
- The Red Devils have kept a hugely impressive 14 clean sheets so far, that’s a clean sheet in almost 60% of their games.
- Both teams have failed to score on just three occasions this season, but Tottenham have it slightly harder here, as they are up against the league’s best defence.
- United are on a great run of eight games unbeaten. They edged past Spurs in the reverse fixture last year by just a single goal.
Head to Head
|Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides|
|Date||Game Result||Round||First Goal-scorer|
|28/10/2017||Man Utd 1 – 0 Tottenham||Premier League||Martial 81′|
|14/05/2017||Tottenham 2 – 1 Man Utd||Premier League||Wanyama 6′|
|11/12/2016||Man Utd 1 – 0 Tottenham||Premier League||Mkhitaryan 29′|
|10/04/2016||Tottenham 3 – 0 Man Utd||Premier League||Alli 70′|
|08/08/2015||Man Utd 1 – 0 Tottenham||Premier League||Walker OG 22′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
This should be a tight one, with both managers not renowned for an all out attack style. It’s tough to call also then, though Spurs continue to miss Toby Alderweireld in defence, which has plagued them for a while now.
At a push, United may nick a win here, but it’s far safer to go with a limited number of goals that the tightness of this game sugggests. For that reason, we’ll be going with under 2.5 goals, which you can get for a great price at bwin.