Premier League football continues this evening and the big game sees Tottenham Hotspur entertain Manchester United in North London.
Spurs are in desperate need of a win as they languish down in eighth position in the table following a disappointing campaign. However, a win for Jose Mourinho’s men would move them to within just one point of fifth-placed Man Utd and put them right back in the mix for Champions League qualification.
The visitors arrive in the capital also hoping to boost their hopes of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition next season. United currently lay three points off fourth-placed Chelsea so victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would really put the pressure on the Blues.
Both clubs were able to get several key players fit again during the enforced break. Harry Kane, Hueng-min Son, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn were all in danger of missing the season due to injuries but are now back to full fitness and available for selection.
Man Utd also welcome Marcus Rashford back into the squad after the forward recovered from a back injury while French midfielder Paul Pogba is fit again following a niggling foot problem.
So the two English giants are all-set to do-battle in north London this evening. Here are some key statistics ahead of the game:
- Manchester United have won the last two meetings with Tottenham and three of the last four in all competitions.
- United are hoping to win consecutive away Premier League games against Spurs for the first time in over 13 years.
- Tottenham have kept just four clean sheets in the league, the joint fewest in the competition.
- Spurs failed to win any of their previous six matches in all competitions before the break.
- Tottenham lost their last home game 2-3 to Wolves and they haven’t lost back-to-back home league games since January 2019.
- Mourinho has lost all three games as Spurs coach against his former sides.
- Harry Kane has scored just two goals in his 11 Premier League games against United.
- Spurs have averaged just 12.1 shots per league game this season – their lowest tally since 1997/98.
- United have kept four clean sheets in their last five league games.
- This will be United’s first ever visit to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
- Man Utd are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions.
- United have kept nine clean sheets in their last 11 games, scoring 29 times.
- However, Manchester United have won just four of their last 18 Premier League games on the road.
Player to watch – Bruno Fernandes
The Manchester United attacking midfielder has made an immediate impact since moving to Old Trafford in January. Fernandes has scored two goals and provided a further three assists so far. He’s also created 11 chances and had 19 shots – the most by any United player since he arrived.