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Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United odds and betting statistics



Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United match preview

These two clubs enjoyed contrasting fortunes on Sunday, making this clash in the capital all the more tantalising.

Just when Tottenham Hotspur supporters thought they’d hit rock bottom, they were made to think again.

At the weekend, Spurs were smashed 6-1 by Newcastle at St James’ Park, finding themselves 5-0 down with little over 20 minutes on the clock.

This was Tottenham’s heaviest defeat for a decade and, the following morning, interim boss Cristian Stellini was sacked as a result.

So, Ryan Mason is at the helm as the interim of the interim, having won four of seven games in charge two years ago following José Mourinho’s departure.

Despite winning just two of their last seven, Spurs are, somehow, still fifth, although that six-point gap to third and fourth now looks insurmountable.

Manchester United meanwhile know a victory in North London would all but wrap up Champions League qualification.

The Red Devils have won three successive Premier League games, without conceding, so are pulling away from Spurs and the rest of the chasing pack.

At the weekend, Erik ten Hag’s team booked their place in the FA Cup Final, eventually seeing off Brighton in a penalty shootout following a pretty drab goalless 120 minutes.

Casemiro, Diogo Dalot, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Marcel Sabitzer and Wout Weghorst all held their nerve from 12 yards, before Victor Lindelöf fired home the decisive kick.

So, on 3 June, the first-ever Manchester derby FA Cup Final will take place, with the red half seeking to lift the trophy for the 13th time.

A week ago, Man United’s hopes of a cup treble did come to an end, smashed 3-0 by Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Nevertheless, with the League Cup in the bag, it’ll still be an excellent first season in charge for ten Hag if they do secure a top four finish, knowing a win here would be a gigantic step towards this target.

Manchester United have won their last four meetings with Tottenham, so will they make that five on the spin for the first time since a run of seven successive victories in 2009-2010?

Tottenham Hotspur team news

Cristian Stellini switched to a back four on Sunday with catastrophic consequence, the first time Spurs had deviated from the back five since a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in January last year.

Although Spurs fans want to see a back four, with Ben Davies only just back from injury and Emerson sidelined, they just don’t have the full-backs to do it.

So, here, Ryan Mason could bring Clément Lenglet back into the back-line, chosen over Davinson Sánchez.

Pape Matar Sarr was hooked after the fifth goal on Sunday, while Richarlison is still seeking his first Premier League goal of the season.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was suspiciously hooked at half time at St James’ Park, but is expected to be fit.

Predicted XI (5-2-3): Lloris; Porro, Romero, Dier, Lenglet, Perišić; Højbjerg, Skipp; Kuluševski, Son Heung-min, Kane.

Manchester United team news

Centre-back continues to be a concern, given that Lisandro Martínez and Raphaël Varane are injured, but Harry Maguire will return, following an FA Cup specific ban on Sunday.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was excellent defensively at Wembley, so it’ll be intersting to see if he keeps his place at right-back or if Diogo Dalot returns there, having been filling-in on the opposite side.

Having played 85 minutes at the weekend, Anthony Martial is unlikely to start again, while Marcus Rashford’s minutes also need to be managed.

Bruno Fernandes has been spotted with a protective boot on his ankle this week, meaning he’s surely a doubt, but Christian Eriksen will feature at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time since leaving in 2019.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; Casemiro, Sabitzer, Eriksen; Antony, Sancho, Rashford.

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