May 12, 2017
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Tottenham vs Manchester United: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Manchester United continue their hectic schedule with a trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday, in what could be a tie that means very little despite the stature of the teams facing each other.

By the time the two kick-off, Chelsea could have sealed the Premier League title with a win against West Brom on Friday, while Liverpool could have further extended their grip on fourth place if they beat West Ham.

Recent form

Tottenham’s last fixture, against West Ham, provided one of the shocks of the season as the Hammers beat their rivals 1-0 to effectively end Spurs title charge. The loss allowed Chelsea to further the gap as they beat Middlesbrough comfortably 3-0. Before falling to defeat against West Ham, Spurs had beaten rivals Arsenal 2-0 and Crystal Palace 1-0.

The visitors, Manchester United, progressed to the Europa League final on Thursday by beating Celta Vigo 2-1 on aggregate. The Red Devils made hard work of the two legs, however, as they came within a whisker of being knocked out as John Guidetti scuffed an open goal opportunity in the final seconds of the tie. United had previously lost at the Emirates 2-0 before facing Celta Vigo.

Team news

Mauricio Pochettino is blessed ahead of this fixture as all his squad, apart from Erik Lamela, are fit. Spurs may use Mousa Dembele in central midfield after struggling against West Ham while Kieran Trippier could replace the out of form Kyle Walker, amid talks of an exit. All the Spurs players will be keen to feature in the White Hart Lane send off, but Pochettino is likely to opt for his regular starting XI.

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Jose Mourinho now has to decide whether he has fully given up on the top four, as his side have three games between now and the Europa League final while Ajax have a two-week break. Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are expected to be rested while Axel Tuanzebe should come in at right-back after an impressive showing against Arsenal.

Predicted line-ups

Match Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United

With United using a weakened side, one that has already lost to Arsenal, Spurs should be too strong for Mourinho’s side. Even though the Premier League title may have been lifted by Chelsea, Pochettino will be keen to show his side are still motivated during the final stages of the season.


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