Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will have on-field matters sharply in their focus tonight as they travel to face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley stadium.
United will be facing a top six rival for the first time since their consecutive losses vs such opposition – against Chelsea in November last year at Stamford Bridge and Manchester City in December last year at Old Trafford.
United beat Mauricio Pochettino Spurs side 1-0 when they met at Old Trafford at the end of last October and they also beat Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal away at the Emirates Stadium 3-1 at the beginning of last December so if you feel like a bet on the Red-Devils in tonight’s game or any other you can find great odds at a Top betting exchange.
United managed to draw with Liverpool 0-0 at Anfield in their first meeting of the season but as mentioned the Red-Devils could not get a result against either Chelsea or Man City as they lost both matches 1-0 and 2-1 respectively.
United are currently sitting in 2nd in the Premier League 3 points ahead of Chelsea and 12 points behind leaders Man City. Spurs are in 5th spot trailing United by 8 points ahead of tonight’s clash.
Man United are unbeaten in 8 games in all competitions having drawn 3 games in a row before winning their last 5 games in a row so Mourinho’s men are in form. Tottenham also have gone unbeaten in their last 8 games in all competitions having drawn 3 games and winning 5 games so both clubs are certainly in form.
Man United have of course made the high profile addition of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way. United have also loaned a number of youngsters out including James Wilson to Sheffield United, Axel Tuanzebe to Aston Villa and Demi Mitchell to SPL side Hearts. While defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has returned from his loan at Leeds United, goalie Matej Kovar has returned from a loan at FC Slovacko, midfielder Devonte Redmond has come back to Old Trafford from his loan at Scunthorpe United and Matty Willock has returned from his loan at FC Utrecht.
United are not really expected to make any other signings before the transfer deadline in the UK at 11pm tonight but they have extended Juan Mata’s contract by one year having exercised the option for an additional year so Spanish ace Mata will be a Red-Devil until 2019 at least.
Injured for Man United at the moment are Daley Blind with an ankle problem, Zlatan Ibrahimovic who unfortunately is still coming back from another knee problem and Eric Bailly who also has an ankle issue. All three players are not expected back until mid February at the earliest.
Mauricio Pochettino made his 1st foray into the transfer market yesterday as he has agreed a deal to bring former United target, PSG’s Brazilian winger Lucas Moura to Tottenham with a medical expected to confirm the deal today.
Spurs have a number of doubtful players for the game tonight as Serge Aurier (ankle), Harry Winks (also ankle), Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Christian Eriksen (illness) are not in line to play while Erik Lamela (gluteal problem), Danny Rose (knee) and Hugo Lloris (illness) are going to be game time decisions as to whether they will face Man United.
So given the form of both clubs and what is at stake the game promises to be a tight, intense affair but given the injury problems Spurs are contending with we are predicting a 2-1 away win for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.