EPL Preview: Tottenham Hotspur Vs Manchester United
Sixth placed Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to boost their hopes of a top-four finish in English Premier League (EPL) when they welcome Manchester United to North London on Sunday.
Spurs (Tottenham) are currently sixth on the table, three points behind fourth-placed West Ham United, who will also face Leicester City on Sunday , while second-placed Manchester United are relatively secure in the Champions League with eight games left.
Tottenham’s shocking elimination from the Europa League by Dinamo Kyiv in the middle of March has placed enormous pressure on head coach, Jose Mourinho to deliver a top-four finish in this season’s Premier League, with just eight games left to go. The Portuguese faces the potential of losing his job if he is unable to deliver Champions League football for next term.
Jose Mourinho will have a chance to win his first silverware for Spurs and end their long trophy draught later this month when they take on Manchester City in the English Football League (EFL) Cup final.
The North London club would have been looking to make it back-to-back league victories last weekend when they travelled to Newcastle United, but Joe Willock struck a leveller in the 85th minute to end the game in a 2-2 draw.
Spurs will be eyeing a huge three points against Man United on Sunday, which will take them to fifth place above Liverpool, who won their Saturday’s game against Aston Villa. Tottenham have only won seven of their 14 home Premier League games this term, suffering four defeats in the process, including losses to Liverpool and Chelsea in the early stages of 2021.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have certainly had their problems this season, but they will be in a confident mood heading into Sunday’s clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium courtesy of a run of four wins from their last five matches in all competitions.
The Red Devils (Manchester United) have also put themselves in a commanding position to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League courtesy a 2-0 victory over Granada in the first leg of their last-eight tie.
Marcus Rashford made the breakthrough in Spain with a well-taken goal in the 31st minute before Bruno Fernandes scored a second from the penalty spot in the final minutes, and it would be a shock if the club were not present in the final four of the European competition.
Before international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side disappointingly lost to Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, but they have won their last three in the Premier League to place themselves in a strong position to secure Champions League football for next term. The Red Devils sit currently at second placed, 14 points off Manchester City, who have played two games more, including their surprise loss to Leeds United.
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Meanwhile, Tottenham will again be without the services of Matt Doherty and Ben Davies due to injury but the home side are otherwise in good shape approaching Sunday’s encounter.
Son Heung-min featured as a substitute against the Magpies and now is expected to return to the side, potentially joining Lucas Moura, Giovani Lo Celso and Kane as part of a front four.
For United, Anthony Martial remains unavailable for selection due to a knee problem he sustained on international duty with France.
Also, Eric Bailly is out following a recent positive coronavirus test, but Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba should be available despite being substituted against Granada on Thursday with minor problems.