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Monday, August 22, 2011

Spurs look to continue momentum?

Can they do it after two decades?
Like most teams, Tottenham will head to Old Trafford with as underdogs, with Manchester Untied widely expected to claim the three points when the two sides meet tonight. It may be of interest to those following the Betfair football that it has been ten years since Spurs last defeated Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, when the Londoners recorded a 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane, with no win at Old Trafford since 1989.

Since then though and it’s been a barren spell for Spurs when playing United, although Harry Redknapp’s team will go into the match on the back of a stunning 5-0 midweek win against Hearts.

Spurs started their Europa League campaign with a confident victory against the Scottish side and will be hoping to continue their momentum into tonight’s match. United will have plenty of belief that they can see off the threat from Spurs, following their home record from last season of 18 wins in 19 Premiership matches.

That formidable form at home was the main reason United claimed the Premier League title, with Chelsea and Arsenal both struggling to turn their home grounds into fortresses. It could be a factor that affects the Premier league 2011-12 betting.

This United side doesn’t have the same level of experience than last season’s team, with the back five from last weekend’s 2-1 victory against West Brom having an average age of just 20. The summer signings of youngsters David de Gea and Phil Jones look to be smart pieces of business from Sir Alex, although both players will need to prove they can handle the pressure at such young ages.

The defending champions will go into this match without their first choice centre-back pairing of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, with Rafael, Michael Owen and Javier Hernandez also ruled out of the match with injury. Partice Evra does return to the back-line though, the French left-back fit again after his knee injury.

For Spurs, Luka Modric won’t play, with his future still far from being clear. The Croatian will join Ledley King, William Gallas and Alan Hutton on the sidelines, although Peter Crouch could play some part after struggling with an ankle injury.

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