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Spurs vs. United

White Hart Lane

04/03/12

16:10

On Sky

Spurs v United Preview

United face a second successive Premier League away match, as they seek to hang onto the tails of Manchester City in what is turning into a great title race.

After securing all three points with a last gasp winner at Carrow Road, last weekend, Sir Alex knows that a fixture against Spurs could be as equally trying.

Sir Alex, already this season, has described Spurs as a side that plays the best football in the Premier League and Harry Redknapp, still smarting from the heavy loss to Arsenal, last weekend, will be ken to get his side back on winning ways and to close the gap between ourselves, in second, and his side, in third. It promises to be a fascinating encounter.

Vital Quotes:

Sir Alex certainly seems to have a great deal of admiration for Spurs and ahead of the game the boss had this to say about our opponents this weekend,

"Tottenham is always an interesting game with the history of both clubs and it`s a very important game for us."

"You would certainly say that building up to a game that could turn out to be the decider against Manchester City later in the season, Tottenham is our hardest away game."


But we`d like to add, a game we must win if we are to stay on the tails of City and head towards the Etihad Stadium ready to beat them and overtake them on April 30th.

Spurs Team News:

Harry Redknapp will be able to welcome back Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker, Rafael Van der Vaart and Ledley King after all look to have recovered from minor knocks.

However, the new England captain, although probably not the new permanent captain, Scot Parker, will be absent after picking up a red card at the Emirates Stadium last time out.

Player to watch: Garth Bale

If I were to be honest, probably the only player in the Spurs side that I`d like in our starting eleven, that is, unless of course, they could offer us a fully-fit Ledley King!

United Team News:

United go to White Hart Lane with several players not available. Amongst these are the long term absentees - Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher, the short term absentees - Michael Owen, Anders Lindegaard, and somebody who picked up a nasty gash, playing for his country in midweek - Chris Smalling.

But, on the positive side, United are able to welcome back Wayne Rooney after the striker missed the last two United games and the England international with a throat infection.

Player to watch: Michael Carrick

When a player returns to an old stomping ground the natural desire to do well increases. Carrick is probably an under-rated performer for United but his recent form has been outstanding and he`ll thrive going back to White Hart Lane.

Match Facts & Stats

In the reciprocating fixture, United took the three points on offer in a thriller, winning 3-0, the goals that day coming from Welbeck, Anderson and Rooney.

Recent visits to White Hart Lane have seen United not lose on the last 10 visits although it has to be pointed out that we`ve drawn 3 out of the last 4 there.

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson is the man in the middle.

Match Prediction:

Before Spurs lost heavily, to Arsenal, I was a little worried that White Hart Lane might be a place where we`d possibly come unstuck. But Arsenal showed that despite all the plaudits, Spurs can be got at and I reckon United, with the defence holding firm, can catch Spurs on the counter-attack and earn a narrow win, possibly 2-1!

Next Fixtures:

Next up in the Premier League is a fixture against West Bromwich Albion next weekend.




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 3 2012

Time: 12:17PM

Your Comments

Will be another great game Spurs and united know how to play good football and its great for any fan to witness, as a spurs fan and the disappointment of last week we really need to get a result as the gap between us and 4th & 5th will be dwindled right down and if were not careful we could loose out on 3rd. Anyway lets have a cracker!!!
Whitehart Lad
I am very interested by your comment "Bale - If I were to be honest, probably the only player in the Spurs side that I`d like in our starting eleven, that is, unless of course, they could offer us a fully-fit Ledley King" I believe you are a little short-sighted by this comment. If you are honest, Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Modric, Lennon, Parker and Bale would all get into the manure side. I would say that only Evra, Vidic and Rooney get into the 100% fit Spurs side. Please give me a case for any manure player I have not mentioned to get into a joint manure and Spurs side please.
Ox Yid
To be 100% honest, I can't see anything other than a United victory tomorrow. Yes there's a very large part of me that believes we (THFC) are more than capable of getting a first league win against you since the first episode of Dads Army was aired. However, when I see how easily an absolutely pathetic Arseanal team steamrolled their way through our pathetically rallied troops last weekend, it's extremely hard to see how we can keep a team that's more than twice as good, at bay. So that, and the fact that you have a manager who actually knows what tactics are = A good day in prospect for you guys, but a bloody poor one for THFC supporters.

Here's to hopefully having a good game to watch though. Cheers!!
coopsieyid
I wish I could be as confident as you coopsie mate but i'm not, in my eyes its entirely dependent on what Tottenham side turns up on the day. No doubt though it would be a good watch, Tottenham v United games always are.
TheFamousNo7
It's all down to opinion Ox Yid but I do find myself agreeing with Red Boy. For me the only Tottenham players I would have tomorrow is a fully fit King, Bale and Modric. Lennon is nowhere near Nani's standard. Walker is great going forward but aint all that defensively, like Rafael & Fabio (all 3 have the potential to be world class), whereas both Jones and Smalling are solid defensively though not quite as prolific going forward, it all depends what you're looking for in the RB position. Kaboul is good yeah but I'd sooner have Ferdinand. Parker I see no difference between him and Fletcher to be honest, both are grafters, both chase the ball down, both will give their all for the cause. Friedel is a reliable Premier League goalkeeper yeah but but at 40 i'd sooner stick with an unreliable 20 year old with the potential to be world class. Also, using the same logic, isn't also slightly short sighted to suggest, only Evra, Vidic and Rooney would get into the Tottenham squad?
TheFamousNo7
COYS - this un***d team is emminently beatable - if Blackburn can do it so can Spurs.
fifthcolumnblue
 

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