Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 7/10
In a contest between two sides who have a top-four finish on the top of their agenda, Manchester United will welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, while Manchester United may have managed to e book their spot within the quarter-finals of this year’s EFL Cup thanks to a 3-0 win on the Amex in midweek, the Reds have struggled to lay down an early Premier League marker. Although they also managed to come past Brighton last weekend courtesy of that hugely-controversial spot-kick on the South Coast, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are nonetheless coping with some actual issues on the back. Watching Brighton hit the woodwork 5 instances last week and also missing a string of golden alternatives, the previous champions also opened the New Year in actual worrying trend. Largely outplayed at Old Trafford when getting back from their Europa League heartbreak out in Germany, United have been blown away on home soil thanks to a shock 3-1 drumming towards Crystal Palace. Desperate for a far more polished show on Sunday, Solskjaer ought to take some solace from his side’s record towards Spurs, notably on home soil. Including a 2-1 win the last time Tottenham got here to city, United have won six of their last seven conferences towards the Lilywhites at Old Trafford.
Manchester United’s Harry Maguire is accessible regardless of injuring his ankle within the Premier League win over Brighton last Saturday.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no new health issues in his squad.
As for the guests, managing to prolong on their Europa League journey thanks to an action-packed 7-2 win towards Israeli outfit Maccabi Haifa on Thursday evening, Tottenham have managed to march on an prolonged unbeaten run. However, while Jose Mourinho’s men may find themselves having fun with a six-match unbeaten run throughout all codecs since opening the New Year with a 1-0 defeat towards Everton, they are going to be wanting to put last weekend’s disappointment absolutely behind them. Despite dominating proceedings when Newcastle got here to North London seven days in the past, the previous Manchester United boss noticed Eric Dier’s controversial injury-time handball rule out them leaving with all three points. Never the much less, nonetheless decided to get one over on his former employers this weekend, Spurs will also be boosted by Harry Kane’s early-season purple patch. Despite their stacked schedule, the England skipper bagged a hat-trick on European duties in midweek and has now recorded six goals in as many appearances throughout all competitions.
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has not utterly dominated out Son Heung-min’s possibilities of recovering in time from a hamstring problem.
Giovani Lo Celso is a doubt with an unspecified injury, while Gareth Bale isn’t but prepared to feature.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the 2 sides last confronted off after making a return from football’s enforced break back in June, they played out a 1-1 draw in North London.
- However, Manchester United have won six of the last seven conferences between the 2 sides at Old Trafford.
- Harry Kane has recorded six goals in as many appearances throughout all competitions.
- Spurs’ two clear sheets of their past 27 Premier League away games got here towards relegated Watford and Bournemouth.
- Manchester United are wanting to keep away from shedding their opening two home games to a league season for less than the fifth time, and first since 1986-87.
On paper, both sides ought to see Sunday as a actual probability to choose up an early scalp. While Manchester United may have managed to land back-to-back victories towards Brighton over the past week, the Reds have drastically struggled with some evident issues on the back and there does seem to be a feeling of animosity round Old Trafford. On the flip side, though Tottenham have been vastly annoyed to have solely collected a point off of Newcastle last weekend, Spurs have managed to muster a six-match unbeaten run throughout all codecs and Jose Mourinho will probably be assured of getting one over on his former employers. With Harry Kane having fun with an early-season purple patch and both sides displaying their own issues on the back, it’s onerous to see something over than possibilities to come thick and quick this weekend.
Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 7/10