Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull City vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs. Manchester United

Venue: KCOM Stadium – Saturday, August 27 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Hull 7/1 – Draw 16/5 – Manchester United 4/9

Match Preview

Surprise early season high-flying Hull City welcome Manchester United to KCOM Stadium as one of these sides will lose their 100% record this weekend.

Hull have defied the odds in their opening two games, winning both, and are one of only four teams to have picked up six points.

Their last Premier League outing was against Swansea, where some ruthless finishing in the last quarter of an hour saw them come away 2-0 winners.

At some point Hull’s squad will begin to feel the pressure due to a lack of depth and injuries, but for the moment they can enjoy each game and they’ll be full confidence. A strong start to the season is all Mike Phelan would have hoped for and he has got exactly that.

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Manchester United have looked very comfortable in their opening two games. They are giving off the real impression of a typical Jose Mourinho side and although they will be expecting a tough tie, they’ll feel anything less than three points this time out is not good enough.

United will be keen to push their way to the top of the table as early on as possible this season, they trail City on goals scored but have the same goal difference as their neighbours. Mourinho loves his side to be pace setters rather than chasers.

Mourinho’s new signings have dovetailed nicely with the rest of the squad so far and their direct approaching is working well.

United have scored at least two goals in their last four Premier League outings and you wouldn’t bet against them repeating that this weekend. They have a strong bench to change things up if they aren’t getting any joy in this tie.

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Team News

Hull City are still light on the ground. Centre back partners Alex Bruce and Michael Dawson remain injured, while Moses Odubajo and Allan McGregor are also both still out. Josh Tymon, Harry Maguire and Greg Luer are all doubts.

Manchester United have no injury concerns so we can expect a very similar lineup from Mourinho in this tie.

Key Points

Hull City’s last five: W/W

Manchester United’s last five: W/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have never lost to Hull City in the Premier League, winning eight and drawing the other.

Key Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – The big Swede has been exactly what United needed in his opening two league games, he’ll be itching to keep his scoring run going and prove to any doubters why they are wrong.

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Score Prediction

Hull City 1-3 Manchester United – Hull deserve a lot of credit for their performances so far this season and they’ve been good value in front of goal but they’ll be able to do little to stop the power of United here. An entertaining one with a result many would predict.


Premier League Preview and Prediction: Stoke City vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Stoke City vs. Manchester City

Venue: Bet365 Stadium – Saturday, August 20 – 12:30 BST (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Stoke City 19/5 – Draw  14/5 – Manchester City 7/10

Match Preview

Stoke City welcome Manchester City to the newly named Bet365 Stadium in Pep Guardiola’s first away trip in the Premier League, and its arguably one of the hardest places to visit.

Stoke will feel disappointed with the opening day draw with Middlesbrough. Albeit a tricky away trip to a newly promoted team, Mark Hughes will feel like his side could have potentially come away with three points.

It will be a huge task for Stoke to try and improve on last year with the only notable signing thus far being Joe Allen from Liverpool. Their respectable total of 51 points last season will be a tough tally to beat.

However, consistency may be key for the Potters as they have managed to avoid any major exits and are looking to bolster their squad as far as we are aware. A mid-table finish would be a good season for Stoke this year.

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Manchester City have spent big to support Pep Guardiola’s quest for a debut season Premier League title and the bookmakers have them as favourites at the moment.

A dominant display against Sunderland last Saturday was expected but they were far from convincing in the final third, which is not a common fate in Guardiola sides.

However, the main talking point from the opening weekend was the omission of Joe Hart from the starting line up, which has seen the rumours of an imminent move doing the rounds.

Guardiola’s arrival promises excitement and a forward thinking approach that should refresh the league as a whole, but he risks destabilising a well-assembled squad with big decisions like the Hart omission.

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Team News

Stoke City’s Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay are out till the new year with a broken leg and a ruptured ACL respectively. Glen Johnson has a thigh muscle strain and the game comes to soon for his return. Jack Butland could make his return from an ankle injury that kept him out of the Euros, but he is a doubt.

Manchester City have three injuries to deal with as Leroy Sane is still without a return date on his hamstring. Vincent Kompany is still out with a thigh strain and Ilkay Gundogan has a knee injury. Joe Hart is expected to stay on the bench with a move seeming closer by the day.

Key Points

Stoke City’s form: D

Manchester City’s form: W

Key Stat: Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in his six appearances against Stoke City.

Key Player: Raheem Sterling – After a Euros to forget for the young England winger, he was clearly out to impress on his new manager’s debut. It will be interesting to see if he can fulfil his full potential under Pep Guardiola.

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Score Prediction

Stoke City 1-3 Manchester City  Stoke away is always a tough ask, but City’s dominance in possession last weekend should provide an indication for how this game will be played. Expect Stoke to be a threat on the counter but City should win comfortably.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Norwich City vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Norwich City vs. Manchester United

Venue: Carrow Road – Saturday, May 7 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Norwich City 16/5 – Draw 13/5 – Manchester United 17/20

Match Preview

Norwich City welcome Manchester United to Carrow Road in a tie which could have a huge impact on the fight for survival and battle to finish in the top four.

Norwich sit 19th in the Premier League and trail 17th place by two points. They have a game in hand coming up in midweek so cannot be relegated this weekend but defeat could make things incredibly hard to avoid the drop.

They come into this tie off the back of their 1-0 away loss to Arsenal, a game they would have been bitterly disappointed to have not taken at least a point from.

Norwich have a huge week ahead. Just two wins in 15 make relegation look likely for The Canaries but their fate remains in their own hands.

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Manchester United are clinging on to their hopes of making the top four. They come into this tie off the back of their 1-1 draw with Leicester.

United trail 4th spot by four points but they do have a game in hand which they also play in the coming week.

Manchester United fans will be praying for a favourable result on Sunday in the clash between Arsenal and City. If results go their way they could move into the top four with two wins in their next two games.

This is a huge week for Louis Van Gaal’s side and it is time for their key players to step up to the challenge. They must ensure they win all their remaining games to give them the best chance of finishing in the top four.

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Team News

Norwich City have four injury concerns heading into this tie. Timm Klose, Alexander Tettey and Andre Wisdom are all expected to miss out, while Rhys Bennett is a doubt.

Manchester United could be without up to five for this clash. Luke Shaw continues his recovery from his broken leg, while Bastian Schweinsteiger, Will Keane and Adnan Januzaj all look unlikely to feature. Marouane Fellaini is suspended.

Key Points

Norwich City’s last five: W/W/L/L/L

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

Key Stat: Norwich City have lost their last three Premier League outings.

Key Player: Wayne Rooney – This has been one of Rooney’s quietest seasons in his career, although he has suffered an injury stricken campaign his performances have been below his high standards. Now is the time for him to show his ability as a leader and give United a fighting chance of making the top four.

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Score Prediction

Norwich City 1-2 Manchester United – A win for Manchester United here wouldn’t be a huge surprise considering Norwich’s form of late. Both sides will be nervy and we can expect a cagey game as the stakes are so high. United know they have to win to keep the pressure on in their chase for Champions League football. They have the squad power to win this one.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Watford vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Watford vs. Manchester United 

Venue: Vicarage Road – Saturday, November 21 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Watford 100/30 – Draw 9/4 – Manchester United 10/11

Match Preview

Watford host Manchester United in the midday Premier League clash on Saturday with the Red Devils aiming to go top of the table for at least a couple of hours.

Watford haven’t been great at home recently, having only won once in their last three matches at Vicarage Road. That being said, they currently sit 11th in the table and are only one point behind Liverpool – something few would have predicted after 12 games.

For a side that is still settling into the top flight under new manager Quique Sanchez Flores, Watford have worked wonders and have exceeded expectations as they look to establish themselves as a Premier League club.

Watford’s Premier League record: P12 – W4 – D4 – L4 

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Much of their success so far has come down to the magnificent form of Odion Ighalo, who has been sensational in front of goal. The striker has contributed to a sensational 64% of their total goals tally with seven and looks a constant danger to opposition defences.

Manchester United have come under some stick recently as they’ve been branded as ‘boring’ by critics. With the best defence in the Premier League, having only conceded eight goals, Louis Van Gaal won’t be too concerned with any criticism being aimed at his side even though they have struggled in attack.

They remain unbeaten in their last four and are still occupying a top four spot. But they need to pick their form back up as they have only scored twice in their last three league outings.

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One thing for certain under Louis Van Gaal is that Manchester United will be hard to beat. The fabric of the club has changed and they have become a more possession-based, defensively sound team.

Manchester United’s record in the Premier League: P12 W7 D3 L2 

This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since 2007. Watford are faced with trying to beat United for the first time since 1986 here and will need to end a nine-game losing streak to stand any chance.

Team News

Watford are still missing Joel Ekstrand, while Jose Jurado Marin is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Manchester United will be without Michael Carrick, Anthony Martial, Paddy McNair, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw through injury. Chris Smalling, James Wilson and Marouane Fellaini are all doubts.

Key Points

Watford’s last five: D/L/W/W/L

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

Key Stat: Manchester United have won the last nine meetings between the two sides in all competitions.

Key Player: Juan Mata – The Red Devils’ playmaker has been quiet recently, even though he converted a penalty kick last time out against West Brom, so expect him to be looking to add a creative spark on Saturday as he looks to return to form.

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Score Prediction

Watford 1-2 Manchester United – We expect a low scoring game with United looking to dominate possession, even though they’re away from home. Watford should make a game of this as they tend to play with no fear, but we still expect United to take away three points as they possess a far stronger squad and are in fairly good form.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Southampton vs. Manchester United

Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, September 20 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Southampton 15/8 – Draw 11/5 – Manchester United 6/4

Match Preview

Southampton host Manchester United in this week’s later Super Sunday clash, in a game that should be a low scoring affair between two sides that will look to keep things tight defensively.

Both sides boast stern defences, proved by the fact that the Saints haven’t conceded in their last three Premier League outings.

Sunday will also see Morgan Schneiderlin return back at his old stomping ground, St. Mary’s, just months after leaving. The French international spent seven years with the south coast side before his summer move to United.

Southampton’s 2015 Premier League Record: P5 – W1 – D3 – L1

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United come into the game off the back of a dismal night in Eindhoven on Tuesday which saw them lose 2-1 to Dutch champions PSV and lose key man, and former Saint Luke Shaw to a horrific leg break.

They will be hoping for a better result on Sunday, and will also be hoping to see another wonder goal from new striker Anthony Martial, after he set Old Trafford alight with a solo effort last Saturday in his United debut against Liverpool.

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Though, should captain Wayne Rooney be fit to start, Martial make have to make an appearance off the bench. The Englishman remains a doubt but could be in line to start.

Manchester United’s 2015 Premier League Record: P5 – W3 – D1 – L1

Team News

Southampton are missing Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand and Florin Gardos with knee injuries. Jordy Clasie and Gaston Ramirez are still struggling to shake off niggling injuries and will miss the visit of United.

Manchester United will be without defenders Luke Shaw and Phil Jones for the trip to Saints. Shaw suffered a double fracture in his right leg in Champions League action on Tuesday night and Phil Jones is still struggling with a blood clot. Wayne Rooney is a doubt with a hamstring injury but could return in place of Anthony Martial.

Key Points

Southampton’s last five: D/L/D/W/D

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

Key Stat: Manchester United have won on six of their last seven away trips to Southampton in all competitions.

Key Player: David De Gea – After a summer in limbo, Spanish stopper De Gea returned to his frightening best with a stellar display that earned United all three points against Liverpool last week. He remains United’s best asset and will be important here.

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Score Prediction

Southampton 0-2 Manchester United – We’re not expecting it to be as easy as the scoreline may suggest for the Red Devils but we still expect them to take all three points and remain in the early season title chase.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United Vs. Newcastle United 

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, August 22 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 1/3 – Draw 4/1 – Newcastle United 8/1 

Match Preview 

Manchester United look to continue their 100% start to the new Premier League campaign when they host Newcastle in the early kickoff on Saturday.

United came out on top the last time the two met at Old Trafford in a convincing 3-1 win on Boxing Day last year. Newcastle will come into this game looking to end a three-game losing streak against the Red Devils, who completed the double over the Magpies last season.

Manchester United come into this game unbeaten in their last 5 league games, having taken maximum points from their possible six so far this season. They have won both games 1-0 this term, keeping solid clean-sheets in each game and look a solid unit.

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United have only lost two of their last 19 home matches, proving just how difficult it will be for Newcastle to take all three points from them this weekend.

Newcastle United have picked up just one point from their opening two games and come into this off the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Swansea. Newcastle will travel to Manchester hoping to improve on their poor away form which has seen them fail to win away from home in their last eight games. Newcastle have only won three of their last 23 games away from home so will be looking to improve this poor record come Saturday.

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Newcastle have only won once at Old Trafford in Premier League history – a 1-0 win in December 2013, though Manchester United have won six of the last seven meetings in all competitions other than that shock home loss and are favourites for this one.

Team News  

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is set to miss the game this weekend due to illness which should mean Daley Blind will continue to partner Chris Smalling at centre-back. Sam Johnstone should keep his place on the bench to back up Argentinian shot-stopper Sergio Romero as David De Gea’s future is still unresolved. Fellow Argentine Marcos Rojo is lacking match fitness but could be named on the bench for Saturday, while Marouane Fellaini is ruled out through suspension and will not return to action until August 30.

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko remains a doubt due to a groin injury but should recover in time to start. Emmanuel Riviere remains out due to a knee injury, while Siem De Jong is expected to recover from his calf injury but not in time to feature this weekend. Paul Dummett remains sidelined through injury too, while Daryl Janmaat is suspended for the game due to his sending off at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea last time out. Florian Thauvin signed from Marseille on Wednesday and could feature, with Remy Cabella returning to France on a season-long loan deal.

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Key Points 

Manchester United’s form: W/W

Newcastle United’s form: D/L

Key Stat: There have been 17 goals in the last 5 league meetings between the two sides – an average of 3.4 per game.

Key Player: Memphis Depay – The Dutchman’s move from PSV has brought lots of expectation and in the opening weeks of the season we have seen the sheer pace that he possesses. His stunning midweek performance against Club Brugge showed just how clinical he can be in front of goal and he will be delighted with his two goals. He is highly creative and can be expected to cause Newcastle’s reshuffled defence a lot of problems this weekend.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United – We can see this game being controlled from the off by Manchester United through their domination of possession. We feel that they have too much in attack for the Newcastle backline, which has had to be altered due to injuries and suspensions and that should see the hosts capitalise with a one-sided victory. Man United’s solid home form and Newcastle’s poor away form suggests this game can only go one way and that is a Manchester United win.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Chelsea

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Sunday, August 16 – 16.00 BST (11.00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester City 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – Chelsea 12/5

Match Preview

Manchester City vs Chelsea. It’s a crucial fixture as Sunday afternoon will see Manuel Pellegrini’s men host defending champions Chelsea in a match which pits two of the heavy favourites to win the Premier League against each other in the first major clash of the 2015-16 campaign.

The Manchester side come into this game off the back of a convincing and dominant display away at the Hawthorns against West Brom on Monday, winning 3-0. Not only was it just a convincing victory but Yaya Toure returned to form netting two goals and looking back to his best, with David Silva also instrumental.

Man City have scored eight goals in their last two home games in the Premier League, which shows how clinical they are in front of their home crowd and that will be a concern for Chelsea.

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City have also won their last seven Premier league games, with four of these victories coming at home.

Chelsea have only suffered one defeat in their last 19 Premier League games, which just shows you how resilient they are.

They have taken four points out of a possible 6 in their last two visits to the Etihad and will travel north looking to remain tight and avoid defeat.

Chelsea tend to adopt a different approach when it comes to the bigger games. Their negative approach tends to be scrutinised, however it has proved effective in recent years.

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A City win here would see them move five points clear of Chelsea at the top of the league after just two weeks, and that would be a huge advantage that Jose Mourinho will be desperate to avoid giving his title rivals.

Team News

Manchester City are without Fabian Delph and Fernando through injury. Yaya Toure is a minor doubt but is expected to start. Gael Clichy is also a doubt and Sergio Aguero has a lack of match fitness so will most likely will feature from the bench again.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar has a knock and is a doubt for Sunday’s trip. Thibaut Courtois is suspended after his red card against Swansea so Asmir Begovic will start in goal. Diego Costa will lead the attack with Willian and Eden Hazard set to continue out wide.

Key Points

Manchester City’s form: W

Chelsea’s form: D

Key Stat: Manchester City have failed to beat Chelsea in Premier League since February 2013.

Key Player: Eden Hazard – The current PFA Player of the Year is one of the best players in the world at the moment and if he can continue to produce the level of performances that he did last season it’s easy to see him causing Man City a massive problem come Sunday. His lightning quick pace and agility to match can hurt any side and don’t be surprised to see the young Belgian create several opportunities and perhaps even get on the scoresheet.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 1-2 Chelsea – We can see this game being won in a very tight affair where Chelsea should show their defensive resilience and catch Man City on the counter, We can’t see either team keeping the other out and so both teams scoring is likely. Chelsea have the advantage of being champions and ill be favourites for a win.

2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Manchester United

Premier League Final Position: 4th


Manchester United will feel disappointed with this season knowing that a late three-game losing streak potentially cost them third place and a guaranteed Champions League place next season, but the overriding emotion will be relief that the club are back in the top four after finishing 7th last season.

United were extremely dominant in possession this season as they finished with an average possession statistic of 61%. They were also the most accurate passers in the league with 85% overall passing accuracy, which is extremely impressive and Louis Van Gaal deserves great credit for that in his first season at Old Trafford.

The only thing that managed to let them down was their inability to score enough goals to challenge for the title and they are just one out-and-out goalscorer from challenging; providing they can keep hold of David De Gea this summer.

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Best Moment

Completing the double over rivals Liverpool was certainly a major plus for United this season. The Red Devils were extremely impressive as they took all six points on offer against long time rivals Liverpool. A 3-0 win at Old Trafford in December was followed up by a 2-1 away win at Anfield in March.

Worst Moment

Losing 5-3 against Leicester City early on in the campaign was a game they will want to forget. After going 3-1 up at King Power Stadium, United capitulated and ended up losing 5-3 in what was a dreadful day for Louis Van Gaal’s men.

Player of the Year

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David De Gea – Spanish shot stopper David De Gea was the main reason why United made the top four, providing countless solid displays that earned his side valuable points all season long and he needs to be retained if United are to kick on.

Biggest Win

Manchester United 4-0 Queens Park Rangers (September 14, 2014)

Biggest Defeat

Everton 3-0 Manchester United (April 26, 2015)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

Put simply, United need to score more goals. If they are to challenge for the title, they will need to produce more up top and need to strengthen in the transfer window. Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all scored more than them this season, and the main reason for this is because United did not produce enough in the final third.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, April 12 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 8/5 – Draw 12/5 – Manchester City 13/8

Match Preview

Manchester United and Manchester City clash in a crucial local derby at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in what is the standout fixture of this weekend’s Premier League action.

Louis Van Gaal and his Man United team come into the game in high spirits after their 3-1 win at home to Aston Villa last time out extended their recent good run to five straight wins in the league.

United also boast the best home record in the league with 13 wins out of 16 (D1, L2), and have won ten of their last 11 games at Old Trafford.

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Manchester City’s objectives this season have changed drastically from winning the league to now just making sure they qualify for the Champions League after Crystal Palace inflicted more misery on Manuel Pellegrini‘s side at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

The 2-1 defeat to Palace marked City’s third loss in five games and they’ve now won just four of their last 11 games in the Premier League (D3, L4) – a run of form that will not cut it for a team that was hoping to retain their title.

One thing that City have in their favour is their dominance of this fixture in the last few years – they’ve won all of the last four Manchester derbies and have only lost two of the last nine against United in the league.

Manchester City celebrate against United earlier in the season (Photo: Getty Images, Shaun Botterill)

Manchester City celebrate against United earlier in the season (Photo: Getty Images, Shaun Botterill)

It’s set to be another classic and one of those fixtures that captures the eyes of the whole nation – not many would have envisaged United being above City in the league at this stage of the season, but that’s the current situation and that makes this game even more important.

Team News

Robin Van Persie will not feature for Man United despite his return to training this week, while defender Jonny Evans continues his suspension. Luke Shaw is out with a hamstring injury and Chris Smalling is a slight doubt through illness.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany is a doubt with a hamstring injury, while strikers Wilfried Bony and Stevan Jovetic are both unlikely to make the squad due to ankle and muscular injuries respectively. Defender Dedryck Boyata is out with a knee injury.

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Key Points

Manchester United’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/W

Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/L/W/L

Key Stat: Manchester City have won six of their last seven Premier League games against Manchester United.

Key Player: Wayne Rooney – His importance to Man United cannot be stressed enough. If he performs, United have always got a chance and we can expect him to be the difference once again on Sunday. Rooney has scored five out of the last seven of United’s goals in the Manchester derby (in the Premier League).

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City – Putting it simply, United are in great form and City are not. Of course, current form and league position goes out of the window to a certain extent in a local derby, but home advantage and their current run should see Louis Van Gaal’s side edge it and heap further pressure on his opposite number Manuel Pellegrini.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, March 15 – 16:00 GMT (12:00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – Tottenham 14/5

Match Preview

Manchester United and Tottenham clash at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in yet another crucial Premier League fixture that will go some way to deciding who qualifies for Champions League football come the end of the season.

Man United come into this game off the back of an FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Arsenal on Monday which would’ve hurt Louis Van Gaal and he needs to make sure that United recover quickly.

Tottenham have bounced back to winning ways following the League Cup final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley two weeks ago with hard-fought victories against Swansea and QPR.

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The Red Devils and Van Gaal in particular have been subjected to a wrath of criticism from fans and the media alike for their supposedly poor performances over the last few months.

Despite the unrest, Man United are currently still fourth in the table and have only lost two of their last 18 Premier League games (W12, D4). Their defence is also statistically the best it has been at this stage for the last five years, although they still have to face Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in a tricky run-in.

With both sides now no longer taking part in any other competition, they can solely focus all of their attention on trying to secure that highly sought after top-four finish.

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Tottenham themselves have only lost two of their last 14 Premier League games (W9, D3), although they are yet to record a victory on the road against a team in the top five this season.

Spurs can take huge confidence from the fact that they’ve won on their last two visits to Old Trafford and are unbeaten against United in their last five.

A win for Mauricio Pochettino‘s men would take them level on points with United, whereas a win for the Red Devils would further the gap to six points and would keep them in the top four, so the importance of this game couldn’t be higher for either side.

The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane ended as a 0-0 draw during the busy Christmas period of fixtures in December.

Team News

Angel Di Maria will miss the game through suspension after his red card against Arsenal on Monday. Jonny Evans is also still suspended. Robin Van Persie is unavailable as he continues recovering from an ankle injury. Luke Shaw and Ashley Young will be assessed but should be fit to play.

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Tottenham will have a full squad to choose from with no reported injury issues and no one serving any suspensions. Andros Townsend will expect to retain his starting berth on the right wing in place of Erik Lamela. Harry Kane will lead the line once again as he hopes to add to his impressive tally of 16 goals this season.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/L/W/W

Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have only failed to score at home once this season, while Spurs have also only failed to score away from home on one occasion.

Key Player: Wayne Rooney – We’ve seen him deployed as the main striker or as a central midfielder and the debate over his best position is rife. Wherever he plays, he is crucial to United and can make the difference on any given day.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham – It’s one of those games where any result is possible but the implications of defeat will be huge for both sides. They’ll probably share the spoils.