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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Man Utd v Spurs, 28.10.17

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Full League Record of Man Utd v Spurs

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          25   5   8  12   30 -39  23
Away          25   2   3  20   13 -50   9
Total (Prem)  50   7  11  32   43 -89  32
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  51  20  19  12   89 -64  63
Away (Div 1)  51   9   9  33   55 -101 28
Total(Div 1) 102  29  28  45  144 -165 91
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   4   2   1   1   10 - 3   5
Away (Div 2)   4   1   2   1    3 - 3   4
Total(Div 2)   8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
Total (Prem)  50   7  11  32   43 -89  32
Total (Div 1) 102 29  28  45  144 -165 91
Total (Div 2)  8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
Grand Total   160 39  42  79  200 -260 129

Last Six Premier League results:-

Man Utd    -    DWWWDL

Stoke      2-2    Man Utd
Man Utd    4-0    Everton
S'hampton  0-1    Man Utd
Man Utd    4-0    C. Palace
Liverpool  0-0    Man Utd
Hds'field  2-1    Man Utd 

Spurs      -    WDWWWW

Everton    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      0-0    Swansea
West Ham   2-3    Spurs
Hds'field  0-4    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    B'mouth
Spurs      4-1    Liverpool

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Man Utd    9  6  2  1  22-4   18   20
3. Spurs      9  6  2  1  19-6   13   20

Heading for a showdown

Once again the TV cameras are following Spurs for tomorrow lunch-time's Sky TV showdown with Manchester United. We are currently in the middle of a run of 8 consecutive televised matches which started with our Champions League game against Real Madrid, and which will end with another crunch Champions League game away to Borussia Dortmund.

Armchair viewers will be happy, and will surely be better entertained than they were two weeks ago when Jose Mourinho took his team, and their bus to Anfield. Armchair punters will be happy too if they check out this Ladbrokes promo code for this and other games. They might need to be cautious though because the latest news about Harry Kane's injury last week when Spurs beat Liverpool 4-1 has been confirmed as a "minor strain to the left hamstring". Mind you, one of our best wins last season came without an injured Kane, when we beat Manchester City 2-0. Spurs can achieve a similar result tomorrow.

A popular trivia question in years to come will be "Who scored the last Premier League goal at the old White Hart Lane stadium in May 2017?" The answer is not Harry Kane and it is not a Spurs player. Harry did score the last such goal by a Spurs player, which was the first of 8 he scored in the last three games to take the Golden Boot for a second time. The last goal in "The Finale" was in fact scored by Wayne Rooney, no longer a Manchester United player, of course. It was also Rooney's last goal for United.

Like their local City rivals, Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side had a flying start to this year's Premier League campaign. Both sides accrued 19 points from their first seven games, with Spurs their closest rivals - five points behind. Now though, United have dropped those five points, while Pochettino's men continued their winning form, and the two teams are level, making Saturday lunchtime's game a head to head battle for second place.

After two consecutive seasons in the top four (runners-up last season), I think most Spurs fans have passed the "pinching themselves" phase at the thought of riding so high in the league. We've moved on now, and Mauricio Pochettino has made his team true contenders for the Premier League title, and at least the equals of the best in England, and indeed the best in Europe, following last week's draw against Real Madrid. We've just got to shake ourselves down after Wednesday night's Carabao Cup disappointment.

Spurs have even had a couple of wins at Old Trafford in recent years, but the last of these was nearly four years ago now, and we've lost the last three away games. Last year it was a Mkhitaryan goal that did for us. The year before it was a Kyle Walker own goal.

After "parking the bus" at Anfield (for the second year running) Mourinho had a terrible day at Huddersfield last week, and will desperate to return to winning ways at home against Tottenham with a trip to Chelsea coming up on Fireworks Day.

According to Physio Room's latest injury update, Harry Kane's name has just been added to that of Victor Wanyama as Spurs' only confirmed injury absences. However, there must be a query regarding the match fitness of Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose, both given outings against West Ham midweek, but perhaps having to make way tomorrow for Harry Winks and Ben Davies respectively. Kieran Trippier has started our last two games, and might make way for the pace of Serge Aurier on the right. Our back three will be ready, and with or without Kane, Spurs will be up for this task.

On the other hand, Mourinho does have the longest injury list of the Premier League at this time with Pogba, Fellaini, and Carrick confirmed absentees (along with Ibrahimovic, of course) and doubts being expressed about Rojo, Rashford, Herrera, and Bailly. I await team news updates nearer kick-off.

Mauricio Pochettino will probably adopt a similar strategy to that successfully deployed in Madrid and against Liverpool last week. Spurs will play with far more intensity than that seen on Wednesday night. A clear lead in second place is at stake. I am sure we can win, but I am cautiously predicting a 1-1 draw. Whatever happens, we will remain above both Chelsea and Arsenal, but they are both likely to win, hoping to close us down.

Match referee Jon Moss was the man in charge for "The Finale", and also our defeat at Old Trafford on the first day of the 2015-16 season when Kyle Walker scored that own goal. This is Mr. Moss's first game with us this season. He has seen a few goals already this season, including four that United scored at Swansea in a league game in August, Man City's 5-0 win over Liverpool, and last week's six-goal match at Stamford Bridge.

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