Monday, October 23, 2017

Prediction: Tottenham vs Manchester United

Verdict: Home Win

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Bet365

Having ruled themselves out of the Premier League title race after a defeat at West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur play host to Europa League finalists Manchester United in a match which will see Spurs bid farewell to their White Hart Lane.

Tottenham

North London club Tottenham Hotspur have been the biggest threat to Chelsea’s title-chasing challenge through the season and Mauricio Pochettino’s men deserve great credit for a consistent run which turned Spurs into a force to be reckoned with and a team that is expected to be a major title contender in years to come. Tottenham boss understands that there is still la long way to go before Spurs gained the experience, strength and grit to go all the way and lift the coveted Premier League trophy, but the foundations are there and Tottenham fans have every right to feel optimistic. With nothing more to fight for except their honour, Spurs will head into the Manchester United clash looking to give their White Hart Lane a deserved send-off. the clash with Red Devils is the last-ever for Spurs at the iconic stadium and there is no doubt that Pochettino will urge his men to make one final push in a match that will be written in history books. The Sunday’s clash will also be a good chance for Tottenham to exert revenge for the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford back in December.

Team News

Midfielder Harry Winks continues to miss out due to his ankle injury, whereas Erik Lamela’s groin problems is likely to keep him out of the clash against Manchester United.

Influential first-team player Danny Rose has recovered from a knee injury but his appearance against Red Devils is still under a doubt.

Manchester United

Manchester United’s tight schedule continues with another high-profile clash at White Hart Lane. The Premier League giants are draining last drops of their strength and power to finish the current season on a high. Jose Mourinho is unhappy with fixture congestion his team is being put through, but the Portuguese will still be happy with his team’s response, especially after a Thursday’s Europa League clash against Celta Vigo, which saw Red Devils clinch their place in the final. The Premier League giants took a lead through Marouane Fellaini early in the first half, but conceded through Roncaglia with five minutes on the clock. Last couple of minutes saw emotions boil and Bailly and Roncaglia got dismissed after a brawl, but it was Manchester United who celebrated in the end thanks to Marcus Rashford’s away goal last week. Jose Mourinho has long given up on the Premier League run and is prioritizing the Europa League where he wants to grab a Champions League ticket more than to lift the trophy. He made eight changes to starting line-up last time out in the Premier League as he suffered a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal, and we should expect to see the Portuguese manager shuffle his deck once again.

Team News

Marouane Fellaini is unavailable through suspension, whereas there are couple of injured players as well for the visitors.

Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo and long-term absentee Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all unavailable for selection.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Tottenham lost 3 of the last 4 meetings with Manchester United
  • United lost only 1 of their last 14 matches in all competitions
  • Spurs conceded only 3 goals in their last 6 fixtures
  • Pochettino’s man can clinch the runners-up finish with a win over United
  • Tottenham last lost a home game in November 2016

Conclusion

The Premier League season is nearing its end and the two great top-flight rivals have little to fight for except for prestige and bragging rights. Tottenham will still want to win in their last-ever game at White Hart Lane and they can hope to pull it off knowing that Mourinho is definitely going to rest a couple of players in order to save them for finish of the season.

Verdict: Home Win

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Bet365

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