To repay hostility with redemption; to answer bad treatment with good, supposedly in order to make one’s enemy repent.
This weekend we retaliate. Tottenham take on Champions Manchester United at White Hart Lane in a game most fans will hope; will redeem the awful display of last weekend. The game is Live on BT Sport and if last season is any motivation, the boys are hoping to come out with a positive result. Tottenham of course come off the back of the thrashing to Manchester City last week with United having drawn 2-2 in the Welsh capital to Cardiff City.
History shows a rather dampening image from a Tottenham perspective. Manchester United’s only defeat in their last 28 league and cup meetings with Tottenham came at Old Trafford last season (W20, D7, L1). Spurs are winless in this fixture at White Hart Lane since May 2001 (D4, L8), when Willem Korsten scored twice in a 3-1 Premier League victory. United veteran Ryan Giggs started that match.
Tottenham’s 6-0 defeat by Manchester City last weekend was their heaviest league reverse since a 7-1 loss to Newcastle in December 1996. However, they had kept an unrivalled seven clean sheets this season ahead of the latest round of fixtures. Spurs have failed to score in three successive league matches for the first time since January 2009. They last went four matches without scoring in August-September 2006. Excluding a penalty, they have not scored with any of their last 78 shots in the Premier League according to Opta. Prior to the weekend matches, only the bottom two sides – Sunderland and Crystal Palace – had scored fewer than Tottenham’s nine league goals. Andre Villas-Boas’ side have yet to earn a point from a losing position this season.
The Red Devils are unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions, taking 14 points from the last available 18 in the league (W4, D2). United’s tally of 21 points from 12 games is their worst return since the 2004-05 season, when they finished third. They have conceded at least one goal in each of their last nine Premier League away games, their worst streak since an 11-match run between August 2002 and January 2003. Robin van Persie has scored in each of his last four league appearances and has 19 Premier League goals in 2013 however he could possibly miss this weekends game. Ryan Giggs celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday. He is the top scorer in Premier League matches between Manchester United and Spurs, with 10 goals.
Injury wise, Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor is a doubt for the match due to a groin injury, while Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose will miss out. United boss David Moyes could bring Marouane Fellaini into the side after the midfielder was suspended for the win in Leverkusen. Robin Van Persie could potentially miss out as well after his injury kept him out of United’s 2-2 draw with Cardiff last week.
The game is sure to entertain. David Moyes himself said as such this week as the fixture always sparks goals. Last year saw Spurs claim quite possibly their best league win for some time against Manchester United last season claiming a 3-2 win at Old Trafford. The repeat of this game saw the sides draw 1-1 with Clint Dempsey scoring the equaliser for Spurs. AVB has never lost to Manchester United as Spurs boss.
Man Utd: WDWWWD
Predicted lineup: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen; Sandro, Paulinho; Lennon, Townsend; Lamela; Soldado. (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Score: Tottenham 1-2 Manchester United. (Lennon)