Sunday 10th April. 4PM. Sky Sports 1
One of the strangest Premier League season’s in living memory is drawing towards a fascinating end, and Sunday’s huge clash at White Hart Lane could go a long way to deciding the title race as well as the race for Champions League qualification.
Incredibly, it’s the hosts that are fighting for the crown whilst the Red Devils would be more than willing to settle for fourth spot right now. There has been a number of electrifying battles between these two rivals over the years, and we’re expecting another adrenaline fuelled afternoon in North London here.
Prepare yourselves for a thriller.
Can Spurs March Towards The Title?
It seems a lifetime ago since Tottenham lost their opening weekend trip to Old Trafford, and Mauricio Pochettino’s men have grown in confidence and stature over the past eight months and are almost certain to achieve their season objective of qualifying for the Champions League. However, if Leicester were to drop points earlier in the day, hopes of clinching the ultimate glory could be back on the table.
Even if Leicester do win, Spurs will be determined to finish the campaign above bitter rivals Arsenal and a win against Manchester United would go a long way to accomplishing that target. Pochettino has assembled a brilliant squad, and the goals of Harry Kane will give them a constant threat against the inconsistent Red Devils.
Goals aren’t Tottenham’s only strength, though. As well as boasting the most efficient attack, they’ve also shipped fewer goals than any other Premier League side. The midfield trio of Dele Alli, Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier has been incredible for Spurs and could be the key to winning this huge Sunday afternoon battle.
To Dare Is To Do, and Tottenham might just be on the cusp of something special. Expect a big performance.
Red Devils To End Hellish Season On A High
Whether Louis van Gaal stays on this summer or not, the 2015/16 campaign will be remembered as tumultuous at best for Manchester United. However, they could still end the season with a trophy and a top four finish. The next fortnight could be crucial to their aspirations, and they’ll be desperate to fire a signal of intent at White Hart Lane. But it won’t be easy.
The Red Devils have improved recently, winning four of their last five league outings. However, the loss at West Brom, combined with the humiliating Europa League exit to Liverpool underlines that this squad is still low in confidence at times. Those vulnerabilities could be their Achilles heel.
Young attacking stars like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford can be either brilliant or awful, and their individual successes could go a long way to settling this encounter one way or the other. Meanwhile, the Red Devils will be pleased with their recent defensive records, although there is a strong feeling that they’ll be relying on the quality of David De Gea at times in this one.
If Van Gaal’s men perform to their best, they’re more than capable of completing a league double over Spurs. Anything less than that, though, and they could be in for a very disappointing afternoon.
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Betting
The betting odds for this game tell a huge story as Tottenham enter the clash as big favourites at Evens whilst Manchester United are the 11/4 outsiders. Meanwhile, the draw can be backed at 12/5 – all prices courtesy of Bet365.
Both sides have a huge incentive to go for the win, but the impetus has to be with the hosts. Forget the status of the two clubs, this Tottenham side is better than the current Red Devils team.
That’s not to say that Spurs are guaranteed winners, and Van Gaal’s men can keep their top four aspirations alive with the victory. However, we do think the host swill be out to make a point from the outset and will cause problems throughout. With this in mind, this 9/4 selection has to be worth a punt.
For most of this season, the young English stars have grabbed all the headlines at White Hart Lane. When it comes to dependability, though, Pochettino has often looked to Dembele. The Belgian has been remarkable throughout the campaign, and could have a huge say in this crucial contest too.
In truth, he has been Tottenham’s most consistent performer. With this game likely to be won and lost in the middle of the park, we think he’s a great shout to be named Man of the Match.