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    Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United: Match Preview

    By Tom Regan

    Tottenham Hotspur could be 10 points off leaders Leicester City before they even kick a ball at White Hart Lane this afternoon, and a Manchester United victory could further dent their title ambitions.
    At the start of the campaign, Spurs supporters were hoping for a return to the Champions League. However, with just six games remaining, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in second place in the table and have not come this close to securing a league title for many a year.

    The north Londoners notched up six straight league victories between January 16th and February 28th. They slipped off the pace at the start of March with a loss at West Ham United, and have shared the points in two of their last four in the league, including a 1-1 draw at Liverpool last weekend.
    The Lilywhites will be boosted by the fact they have won four of their last five games at White Hart Lane, and have only lost twice at home all season which sees them boast the second-best home form in the division to date.

    Tottenham are the top scorers in the league with 57 goals, and they also boast the best defensive record having conceded just 25 times.
    The Red Devils sit fifth in the Premier League with 53 points. They remain just one point off fourth-placed Manchester City, and only five points off third-placed Arsenal.

    Louis Van Gaal’s side have the second-best defensive record in the division, while no Premier League club have kept more clean sheets (15) than Van Gaal’s side this season. Anthony Martial has been in particularly good form of late, finding the net in three of his last four appearances in all competitions.
    Team News

    Spurs will assess Belgian centre-back Jan Vertonghen ahead of the match. The 28-year-old has been on the sidelines for the last three months with a knee problem, but could return to partner Toby Alderweireld in defence.

    Erik Lamela is fit again after missing the draw with Liverpool last weekend and is likely to return to the starting XI in place of Son Heung-min.
    As for Man United, Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are all available for selection. Captain Wayne Rooney will turn out for the club’s Under-21 team next week as he recovers from a knee problem, while Luke Shaw is still some way of returning.

    Ander Herrera is pushing for a place in the starting XI after coming off the bench against Everton, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s impressive performance last weekend could see him replace Marcos Rojo at left-back.
    Head To Head

    These two sides have met on 183 occasions in all competitions. The Red Devils have recorded 87 wins, Pochettino’s club have won 48, while the remaining 48 fixtures finished level.
    Van Gaal’s side have not won at White Hart Lane in the Premier League since March 2012. The points were shared in a goalless draw in N17 last season.

    Man United have not lost any of their last 14 trips to North London in the Premier League, a run that stretches back to the 2000-01 campaign, when Glenn Hoddle was in charge of the Lilywhites.
    Betting Odds (bet365)

    Tottenham: 21/20
    Draw: 5/2
    Man United: 3/1
    Match Prediction

    There is so much for both sides to play for at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Louis Van Gaal knows his position as manager is in severe jeopardy if his team fail to make the top four, while Mauricio Pochettino will do everything in his powers to chase down Leicester City. I fancy Tottenham to seal their first home victory in the Premier League against the Red Devils for 15 years with a hard earned victory.
    Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Manchester United (17/2 with bet365)
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