Tottenham v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 29, 2018
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
Tottenham host Manchester United on Wednesday, with Spurs looking to recover from a disappointing draw in the FA Cup against League Two side Newport. Jose Mourinho's side are flying high at the moment with five consecutive wins in a row, in all competitions.
A Harry Kane-less Tottenham lost in the reverse fixture, with substitute Anthony Martial scoring in the 81st minute. The game was closely contested, with Spurs bossing the possession and shots statistics, but United going closest as Romelu Lukaku hit the post early on.
Maurizio Pochettino will be delighted to have Toby Alderweireld back, after his centre-back spent months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Whether or not the centre-back starts, with no minutes under his belt since November is a different matter.
Hugo Lloris, Serge Aurier and Christian Eriksen are all expected to return to the side, after missing the weekend fixture. Danny Rose and Harry Winks, on the other hand, require longer to recover from their respective injuries.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, subject of transfer speculation this week is due to resume training over the next few days, but won't return in time for Wednesday's match. Long term absentee Eric Bailly is still a while of his return, although is predicted to be back in time for the Champions League clash with Sevilla.
Tottenham v Manchester United Previews and Predictions
Having fielded a strong side in the FA Cup fixture against Newport, Pochettino will have been bitterly disappointed with the result. Whereas his top-four rivals such as United and Chelsea breezed through their games, Spurs face the prospect of a replay in a month that was already really busy, due to the return of the Champions League. Even loosing, as Liverpool did, would have given Tottenham players some rest for the higher priority competitions.
Tottenham will be able to welcome back a number of first team players, and will face a very different proposition in Man United, a challenge that actually suits their playing style better. United are unlikely to sit back to the extent that Newport did, which Spurs' high press will be able to take advantage of, at least theoretically.
Given Mourinho's sides' recent form, they could realistically be considered favourites on Wednesday. Although the win over Yeovil Town is not much to go on, it allowed the manager to rest the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, whilst acclimatising Alexis Sanchez. Pogba, in particular, will benefit from a break, especially as he faces a highly combative Tottenham midfield.
The cliche of games being won and lost in midfield may ring true in this match, as, with the two sides likely to field variations of a 4-2-3-1 formation, much of the play will take place in the middle of the pitch. Both managers have a number of combinations to choose from, and it will be telling to see the ratio of creativity/physicality that they go for.
Harry Kane to score anytime at 6/5
The England striker has be unstoppable lately, with six goals from his last five games.
Matic to be shown a card at 2/1
The Serbian has a big job ahead of him, keeping tabs of Spurs' midfield and may be shown up by his pace.