Match Preview – Manchester United (A)

Tottenham travel to Old Trafford this Sunday, in a top-four showdown with Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United. Although Spurs are faced with an arduous task, they have enjoyed success against the Red Devils in the last few seasons.

Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to repeat the success of his predecessors, whilst continuing Tottenham’s unbeaten record against United in the last five games.

Venue: Old Trafford

Kick-Off: 4pm

Television Coverage: Sky Sports 1

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Manchester United are winless in their last five matches against Spurs since a 3-1 away victory in March 2012. They had been unbeaten in the previous 22 league meetings. Tottenham have won on each of their last two trips to Old Trafford – they have never won three successive away games in this fixture. article-2210378-1544C249000005DC-959_634x418

Tottenham have taken 29 points from the last 39 available to them (W9, D2, L2). Only Arsenal with 31 points and Liverpool with 30 have won more over this period. Spurs are only the third team in the Premier League to enjoy a five-game unbeaten run against United, following Liverpool (2000-2002) and Blackburn (2004-2006).

Spurs have scored in every away league game since their opening day 1-0 defeat at West Ham. They have recovered 16 points from losing positions, more than any other Premier League team.

Harry Kane has scored in his last six away league games. Robin van Persie is the only player to have recorded a longer away scoring streak in Premier League history – nine successive games in 2010-11. On Friday, Kane became the first player to win back-to-back Premier League Player of the Month Awards since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2006.

Opposition Focus

4313972Monday’s FA Cup defeat by Arsenal was only their third defeat in all competitions under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford (W12, D1). United have won eight of their nine home league games, only dropping points in the defeat by Southampton.

Their tally of 34 points at home is bettered only by Chelsea, who have 35 points. The Red Devils have scored 18 first-half goals at home – four more than any other club – while their overall total of 30 is the equal-highest league tally. Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League starts against Spurs.

Team News

A full bill of health is becoming a common occurrence for Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino. His side travel to Manchester with over a week of rest since the 2-1 away victory over Queens Park Rangers. Danny Rose is expected to return after being rested last week. The Spurs head coach praised the defender as “he best left full-back so far this season,” this week.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane

Score – Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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