Preview and Prediction
The pandemic break in the Premier League for over than two months apparently gives the advantage for Jose Mourinho’s side to buy some time and recover their key players. The squad crisis is now decreasing as they are ready to return to the pitch and resume their campaign with hopefully better form. The different way goes for their opponent in the upcoming fixture, Manchester United, as they were in their peak form after the arrival of Bruno Fernandes. The break seemed to abruptly cease their positive trend. This outing will be the chance to prove that The Red Devils are still as dangerous as before.
Both teams’ latest news
Spurs, which are now on the eighth of the table, might be sidelining some names after the friendly match against Norwich last week. Giovanni Lo Celso and Steve Bergwijn are in doubts for the starting IX, while Delle Alli will definitely miss the game as he is suspended in the last match before the break against Burnley, which ended in 1-1 draw despite the fact that he scored the goal. Moreover, lately, Mourinho is targeting Southampton’s Pierre Hobjsberg for Spurs’ new signing next season.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are now on the fifth in the standings and eyeing for top-four finish. They are only separated by three points from Chelsea, which are currently on the fourth. Their last game before the break was a 5-0 win over LASK in Europa League. Luckily, all names in the squad are fully fit for the upcoming fixture, except Phil Jones.
The former Man.United boss who could last win a European title for them might deploy 4-2-3-1 with the transition to 4-3-3. Harry Kane is back on starting eleven with Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura on both sides. In the midfield, Mourinho might give Moussa Sissoko a role to close down Bruno Fernandes, their opponent’s key man by not letting him getting the ball as he has been the source of The Red Devil’s creativity lately.
His counterpart Ole Solskajer is likely to pick 4-3-3 formation with possible transition to 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-1-2 if necessary with more pragmatic approach. The former Molde BK and Swansea boss might opt for more offensive tactic with the return of Marcus Rashford from the injury.
Players to watch
Harry Kane is the most expected name to shine after the restart. He has scored eleven goals and provided two assists so far. Another notable name to watch is Erik Lamela. This Argentinean midfielder has only bagged two goals and made one assist.
On Solksjaer’s side, the Portuguese international, Bruno Fernandes is their current top performer alongside with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. The former Sporting Lisbon man has netted two goals and made three assists in EPL.
Tottenham vs Man.United Prediction
Taking over the club in the middle of the season is always challenging. Such is the situation Mourinho has to deal with at the moment. Failing to finish on top-four or at least on the fifth might cost his reputation as a winner. Therefore, he will strive for a victory in this outing for Spurs’ campaign. Only stunning tactics would save his future in North London. Yet, winning against The Reds Devils today is never easy. A draw might be an ideal result.
The match behind closed doors makes the game potentially even. Harry Kane and Co are priced to win at 2.95, whereas Harry Macguire and Co’s win market is slightly higher at 2.40. Meanwhile, the draw result is at the value of 3.45.