Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur English Premier League Preview, Prediction, and Pick
After last week's breathtaking clash against Liverpool, Manchester United go head to head with Tottenham Hotspurs this week. Both teams will want to win this match for very different reasons. A win over United will complete a long awaited double for Tottenham over the league leaders. Moreover, it will help them cement their bid for Champions League football next year. From United's point of view after losing at Old Trafford to their London rivals they will go all out for revenge. A win will also help them retain the seven point breathing space they have at top of the table. The match will be brought live to you from White Hart Lane on 20th January, 2013.
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Manchester United is currently sitting pretty at top of the table with 55 points from 22 matches, seven more than their cross city rivals. But what will continue to plague United is their porous defense which inspite of Vidic's return looks far from convincing. Even during the victory over Liverpool the defense looked extremely shaky in the first half. United also have a midweek FA Cup assignment against West Ham but fatigue should not be a problem given United's superior depth in squad. Moreover, this game might also mark Wayne Rooney's comeback from injury which will farther strengthen an attack which has already scored a record breaking 56 goals in 22 matches.
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Tottenham should try to play the same way during the two team's first encounter in Old Trafford. They should try to get on the ball and retain possession in vital areas and try to penetrate United's defensive gaps. Defoe might also have a field day exploiting the slow pace of Ferdinand and Vidic and try to get behind them. Bale might be shifted into a more attacking role to infuse more creativity in the attacks.
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Though Manchester United's defensive frailties are not a secret to anyone anymore, their strikers always seem to bail them out at crucial positions. This week's match also looks likely to be a repeat of the same. Especially, with Rooney coming back from injury and Van Persie in sublime form the chances that Spurs will be able to contain the Red Devils look extremely slim.
- Prediction: Manchester United-3 Tottenham Hotspurs-1
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Do not expect this to be a single goal affair and we might be in for a midfield jostle with both teams trying to get on top of each other. If Tottenham is leading by one goal or scores are equal till the last few minutes, be prepared for a nervy finish given United's proclivity to score goals in the end.