Tottenham hosts Manchester United in North London as they look to bounce back from their not-so-pleasant last encounter against Newcastle at St James’ Park. Harry Kane scored a brace to overturn Newcastle’s opener and it looked like they had all three points secured in the bag until late in the game when Joe Willock scored an equalizer.
Tottenham’s dream of getting a Champions League qualification is far from over as they are just three points away from fourth-placed West ham with a total of 52 while Spurs have amassed a total of 49 points. However, if Tottenham wants to put up a fight to keep a space at the top of the log, they need to exhibit their fighting spirit against Manchester United who clings to the 2nd position on the table with 62 points.
Manchester United recently cruised past the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final fixture on Thursday, winning 2-0 away from home against Spanish club; Granada. Before that, they won both of their last matches against Brighton and West ham, winning 2-1 and 1-0 respectively, having played both games on their home soil.
Form Guide: Tottenham
Spurs have picked up seven points out of a possible 15 in their last five games in all competitions. Their last game against Newcastle in St James’ park further sums up their shaky run in form off late. However, the fact that they had the whole week off without playing any mid-week game, unlike Manchester United, gives them a bit of an edge in terms of sharpness.
The return of Heung Min Son is also a huge factor and a boost for Spurs going into the match on Sunday.
Harry Lane is also a threat, with the spurs Talisman fine run of form in front of goal. If they are to stand a chance, they will need their talismanic duo to be in best of shapes. A win will also see them go on top of West ham in terms of goal difference and this will also serve as a motivation to the team. A draw will be their best shot because they have been finding it very difficult for the past few games to keep a lead.
Form Guide: Manchester United
Manchester United have picked up 12 points from a possible 15 points in all competitions. Their latest win came in the Europa League against Granada. United got the first leg going with a comfortable two nil win in Spain which makes them favourites in qualifying in the tie. They are going into this game with a whole lot of confidence as favourites to win the game despite them sealing their top four spot already.
The game is also an opportunity for Manchester United to redeem their image due to the 6-1 loss to Spurs at Old Trafford. They are favourites to win the game. And it’s going to be one of those Premier league classics involving a lot of goals. With the likes of Rashford and Fernandes, the Red Devils have got what it takes to go all out and get the three points at Tottenham’s turf on Sunday.
They are strong favourites to win the game due to their great form, and the fact that mathematically, Manchester City haven’t won the title just yet. There is still about eight to nine games to play, and a whole lot to play for. They wouldn’t want City running away with the title with so much gap in points.
How the Match Could Go
In a game of football, it is impossible to be completely certain about what the outcome of the match will be until it is played. Going by their recent forms, Manchester United should be taking all three points or at the very least, take home a point. Spurs have all the motivation they need to try to win this and hopefully they put up a great fight. One thing is certain and it’s the fact that it’s going to be a game with lot of goals in it for sure.
Tip: Manchester United Win or Draw
Although going by the reverse fixture that was played at Old Trafford back in October where Manchester United was overwhelmingly defeated 6-1 by Tottenham, one would think this should also be an easy win for Spurs, especially as this fixture will give them the home advantage. Red Devil’s recent form proves otherwise as they have been in top form in their last five games, losing none, drawing 2, and winning their last three league games which included an away victory against Manchester City. Tottenham, on the other hand, have suffered a loss and a draw in just their last three outings. Bet9ja and Bet365 have 1.40 odds while 1xbet have 1.47.
Over 2.5 Goals
Three out of the last five encounters between Tottenham and Manchester United ended with a result that had three or more goals. Manchester United are yet to play a game without scoring in their last five Premier League matches while Tottenham have scored a minimum of two goals in five out of their last eight matches in all competitions. Bet9ja has 1.82 odds, Bet365 has 1.90, and 1xbet has 1.91.
Both Teams to Score: Yes
In the past three meetings between Tottenham and Manchester United, both teams have managed to register a goal each. The last time both teams played a goalless draw in a league match was seven years ago. Manchester United have only failed to score once in their last five away matches while Tottenham scored in every of their last five home matches in all competitions. Bet9ja has 1.62 odds, Bet365 has 1.66 and 1xbet has 1.71.
Anytime Goal-scorer (Tottenham)
It does not matter if Tottenham wins, draws, or loses, one thing that is almost too certain is Harry Kane scoring goals. Seasons past, he has proven himself to be a prolific striker. This season is not any different as he is sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with 19 goals. Three of those goals came in his last two matches. This shows that he is in top form at the moment and as such, a good bet for anytime scorer. Bet365 has 1.83 odds while Bet9ja have it better at 2.20.
Hitherto the injury that brought an abrupt pause to his wonderful run of fine form, Son has proven to be a deadly striker in front of goal as he has banged in 13 goals in 29 appearances this season. He is just a goal shy of equaling his highest league goal (14) in a season, a feat he achieved in the 2016/2017 season. He still has seven more games to go for him to equal and surpass his self-record. Bet365 has 2.37 while Bet9ja have 2.85.
Anytime Goal-scorer (Manchester United)
Rashford has been struggling with an ankle injury for a while now, one would think he will not be a goal threat but Manchester United’s last match in their first leg against Granada on Thursday has eliminated that thought as the 23-year-old English striker found himself on the scoresheet. When asked after the match, United’s coach clearly stated that Rashford will very much feature in their match against Spurs. He will be looking to add more to the list of his already scored 10 goals this season. Bet365 has 2.87 odds while Bet9ja have it better at 3.65.
Popularly dubbed as Manchester United’s Knight in shining armor, Bruno has consistently lived up to that name. He is just three goals away from Harry Kane, the league’s top scorer, having scored 16 goals out of 30 appearances for Manchester United this season. Fernandes has more chances of scoring as he is his team’s penalty taker and he does not fail to convert just like he did in their last match in the Europa League. Bet365 has 2.87 while Bet9ja have 2.95.