PL Match Preview : Manchester United vs Tottenham

Manchester United are playing well but are being punished for their inability to convert the chances they are creating. They are six points behind Tottenham and a defeat here would surely put an end to their chances of finishing in the top four let alone the title.

Tottenham have started to find some rhythm in recent weeks and also need a win to keep pace with the four teams in front of them. Mauricio Pochettino’s side start the weekend three points behind Manchester City, although that gap could be more by the time they kick off on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side haven’t won back-to-back games in all competitions since September but the need to beat Tottenham here is huge and Mourinho will ensure the players know that before the game.

This is a tough match to call, in which Tottenham should be very confident of getting a result. The way in which United are playing, they need to be at least two goals ahead with five minutes remaining to see out the win. Place your bet on

Team News

Manchester United – Eric Bailly marked his return to first-team action with a solid 90-minute showing against Zorya in the Europa League on Thursday and will partner Phil Jones at the heart of Manchester United’s defence on Sunday.

Michael Carrick, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia were among the players left in Manchester in midweek and will return to the starting XI here.

Wayne Rooney is free to play this weekend after missing the 1-1 draw against Everton through suspension but may have to settle for a role on the bench this weekend.

Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are the only injury concerns for Jose Mourinho. Neither are expected to recover in time to feature. Juan Mata was brought off on Thursday with what appeared to be an injury concern and he will be assessed closer to Sunday’s match.

Tottenham – Toby Alderweireld got some minutes under his belt in Tottenham’s Champions League win over CSKA Moscow in midweek and will start his first Premier League match since October 15 against United on Sunday.

Mousa Dembélé was rested on Wednesday but will return to the starting XI here.

Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen are still sidelined, but Ben Davies has returned to training and is back in contention for Mauricio Pochettino’s side here.

Match Facts

Man Utd have drawn their last 4 home matches in Premier League.

Man Utd have been drawing at both half time and full time in their last 4 home Premier League matches.

Man Utd are undefeated in 19 of their last 21 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Man Utd’s last 4 home games (Premier League).

Tottenham are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 matches in Premier League.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Tottenham’s last 3 games (Premier League).

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester United 2.17 odd to win the match on  NaijaBet  while Tottenham has 3.61 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.32.

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