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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Spurs vs Man United Preview and Prediction

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, April 10 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham Hotspur 10/11 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 3/1

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome Manchester United to White Hart Lane on Sunday in a game which could define either side’s season.

Spurs are still in the title race, but are hanging on by a thread, as they trail leaders Leicester City by seven points with six games to go. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have to ensure they win all of their remaining games and hope some of their fellow Premier League sides can do them some favours in a final bid to win the title.

Last weekend was difficult for Tottenham, as their 1-1 draw with Liverpool saw them fall another two points behind the leaders, but this has still been a fantastic season for Pochettino’s side, who look likely to finish runners-up.

Spurs have lost just once in their last 11 league outings and will be looking to continue that run here. This will be a tough test for them though as they take on an in-form United side.

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Manchester United are still in the race for a Champions League spot. They are currently 5th, just one point outside the top four and are fighting tooth and nail to qualify for the Champions League.

Much like Spurs they have to ensure they win every game until the end of the season to give themselves the best chance of achieving a top four finish, so this is a game neither side can afford to lose.

After this match they have three straight home fixtures, so Louis Van Gaal will attempt to make sure they do everything possible to come away from White Hart Lane with three points this weekend to give them the foundation to win all six of their remaining fixtures.

United have already beaten Spurs this season, back on the opening day, and are only one of four sides to do so in the league this campaign so they have to fancy their chances.

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Team News

Tottenham Hotspur have four injury concerns heading into this tie. Clinton N’Jie and Nabil Bentaleb are both expected to miss out, while Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are both doubtful.

Manchester United are expecting to be without Luke Shaw, Wayne Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Will Keane, while Daley Blind is a doubt.

Key Points

Tottenham Hotspur’s last five: L/D/W/W/D

Manchester United’s last five: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: Manchester United are unbeaten in 31 of their last 33 games against Spurs in all competitions.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Tottenham forward continues to provide for his side and has now netted 22 goals in 32 league games. The Spurs faithful will be hoping their key man can do it once again this weekend.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Manchester United – In a tie which could have such huge implications on both these sides’ seasons, there is going to be immense pressure on the players. Neither side can afford anything but a win, so a draw is looking a likely outcome as they could cancel each other out. This result could all but end the title race and could potentially be devastating for United’s hopes of achieving a top four finish.

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1 Comment on Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

  1. This is such a massive game and one that both teams need to win. Traditionally this has been a high scoring fixture but I don’t see this one as being a high scoring affair. Expect an open game from two teams who will want to attack as a draw doesn’t do either team any good. Spurs need to keep the pressure up on Leicester if they want to keep their title aspirations alive, and of course United will be looking for a top 4 finish after a dreadful start to the campaign. I just think that Spurs are the inform team at the moment and playing at home could just get them over the line. Seems like a few bookmakers also like Tottenham at home and have slotted them in as game favorites (http://topbet.eu/sportsbook/soccer/english-premier-league). I’m predicting a close match and for Spurs just to nick this one 2-1. Harry Kane opening the scoring and Martial for United to peg one back for the Red Devils. Other thoughts and predictions on this clash?

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