The Super Sunday fixture in the Premier League this weekend sees Tottenham host title chasing Manchester United at White Hart Lane as Paddy Power make Harry Redknapp’s side an attractive looking 15/8 to pick up all three points at home.
Harry Redknapp’s men may well be out of the title race themselves – they sit ten points behind league leaders Manchester City – but they still have plenty to play for, with a top three finish the aim for the rest of the season.
This is a position Spurs occupy at the moment, but after the hugely disappointing 5-2 defeat to Arsenal last weekend, the Gunners are just seven points behind them.
All of this means that Tottenham can ill afford for their form to fade in the next month or two.
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Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are a more than capable chasing pack of course, so if Spurs do suffer a slump in form – much like they did during March and April last year – there will be teams ready to capitalise.
The home side can be encouraged by their form at White Hart Lane though. They have won 10 of their last 12 Premier League games on home soil, with just one defeat all season in front of their own fans.
Manchester United know that this is a tough challenge for their title credentials too. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has already described Sunday afternoon’s match as the ‘toughest away game of the season’, so he will be calling on his players to raise their game.
The Champions do appear to be in ruthless form at the moment though with five wins in their last six Premier League games. The most recent of these victories was a 2-1 win at Norwich City in a game where United were far from their best and this displayed their title credentials.
It was Manchester United that secured a 3-0 victory when these two teams met on the opening day of the season, but Tottenham are a much improved outfit since then and this should be a fantastic contest between 2nd and 3rd in the Premier League.
Looking at the team news for this one, Tottenham will be without the suspended Scott Parker, while Michael Dawson is likely to start ahead of Ledley King.
For United, Wayne Rooney is expected to return after a throat infection, although Tom Cleverley, Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling are all likely to be sidelined for this 4.10pm kick-off.