Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
Tottenham Hotspur FC will host Manchester United FC in the English Premier League 33rd-tour match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The fixture will take place on Friday, April 28, beginning at 00:45 IST.
What can we expect this Friday night? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Tottenham Hotspur News & Current Form:
Tottenham are more vulnerable than ever at the moment. The club is undergoing a severe crisis. The result was the scandalous resignation of coach Antonio Conte, who before his dismissal had spoken nasty words to the players and the management of the Spurs.
The team managed to play four games under Cristian Stellini, but he can only boast victories over Brighton & Hove Albion FC (2 – 1) and a draw against Everton FC (1 – 1). Defeats to AFC Bournemouth ( 2 -3) and Newcastle United FC (1 – 6) forced the management to finally get rid of Conte’s legacy and sack his former assistant.
Stellini was let down by experiments in tactics. For the match against Newcastle, the team switched to a four-defender formation, which came as a surprise to Tottenham themselves. The scoreline was 5 – 0 in favor of the Magpies as early as 21 minutes into the match – only a return to the old settings could save the Spurs from an even greater embarrassment. Finding the strength and attitude to play a crucial match after such a thing will not be easy.
“I just don’t have an explanation for what happened. I can’t find the right words. The first minutes were the worst I have ever seen in football. It’s just inexplicable,”coach Stellini said after the game at St James’ Park.
Now Ryan Mason, the 31-year-old, will try to keep Tottenham’s UEFA Champions League chances alive. Surprisingly, this is his second experience as the club’s head coach. In the spring of 2021, the specialist already finished the season after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho. Then, under the guidance of the young specialist, the players scored four wins and lost three times.
The club are sitting in fifth place in the EPL standings, with 53 points from 32 games. They are six points behind their current opponents and rivals, with the latter having two games in hand, so it’s vital for the home side to win.
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Manchester United News & Current Form:
The team is doing relatively well this season. Manchester United are currently in fourth place in the standings. The gap to top-flight Newcastle is measured by the Mancunians’ worst goal difference with a game in hand, so they could return to third in the event of a win.
But the Red Devils approach the encounter with Tottenham in fine spirits. Last weekend, MU made it to the famous Wembley Stadium and advanced to the final of the oldest football tournament on the planet – the Emirates FA Cup.
Erik ten Hag’s side played a grueling and difficult game against Brighton, but beat them on penalties. In the FA Cup final, Manchester United are going to face their biggest rival, Manchester City.
“I am pleased that we showed the right reaction after the UEFA Europa League debacle. In Sevilla, I couldn’t recognise my team, but it’s all right now. We fought, fought for every ball. I like that level of commitment,”stressed Erik ten Hag after the Wembley game.
Speaking of which, MU lost to Sevilla FC (0 – 3) last week and dropped out of the UEFA Europa League. The first leg was not without its setbacks. The English were 2 – 0 up, but in the second half they decided to score two goals in their own goal, resulting in a 2 – 2 scoreline.
As Man Utd prepares for their upcoming match, they are facing a new setback due to an injury sustained by one of their key players. Bruno Fernandes, who is an indispensable part of the team, picked up an injury during extra time on Sunday. Recent images of him at home with crutches and a protective boot have not been encouraging, and the prognosis for the Portuguese superstar is not looking good.
The team is also dealing with a long list of injured players, including Donny van de Beek, Alejandro Garnacho, Tom Heaton, Phil Jones, Lisandro Martinez, and Raphael Varane. In addition, Scott McTominay is uncertain for the upcoming game after missing the FA Cup semi-final because of an injury.
Good news is the fact that Marcus Rashford is now back in the game for the most important part of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur form guide: W-D-D-W-L-L
Manchester United form guide: W-W-D-W-L-W
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United Head-To-Head Record:
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- June 19, 2020: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Manchester United (Premier League);
- October 4, 2020: Manchester United 1 – 6 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League);
- April 11, 2021: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 3 Manchester United (Premier League);
- October 30, 2021: Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 3 Manchester United (Premier League);
- March 12, 2022: Manchester United 3 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League);
- October 19, 2022: Manchester United 2 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League).
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United Predicted XI:
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup (3-4-2-1): Forster; Romero, Dier, Davies; Porro, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.
Manchester United possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Eriksen, Casemiro, Sabitzer; Antony, Martial, Rashford.
Statistical preview of the match Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United:
- Spurs’ First XI average age is 28.1 years.
- MU’s First XI average age is 28.4 years.
- Manchester United are unbeaten in 5 of their last 7 matches.
- Tottenham are unbeaten in 6 of their last 8 games at home.
- Manchester United won their last 4 head-to-head games with this opponent.
- Tottenham are scoring an average of 1.80 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Tottenham conceded an average of 2.80 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Manchester United are conceding an average of 1.00 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Manchester United are scoring an average of 1.20 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Tottenham have picked up just two wins in their last 6 EPL games.
- Manchester United have not lost 18 of their last 21 face-offs at home to Tottenham.
- Last season, the Red Devils thrashed Tottenham 3-0 at Londoners’ ground.
- Tottenham’s top scorers: Harry Kane (26+4), Son Heung Min (12+4), Rodrigo Bentancur (6+2), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (5+7).
- United’s top scorers: Marcus Rashford (28+8), Bruno Fernandes (10+11), Antony (8+2), Anthony Martial (7+3).
What has been said before the match
Newly appointed Ryan Mason about the challenge ahead of him:
“It is a privilege to manage this great football club. I’m ready for the challenge and know what it means to represent the club.”
“I’ve never taken for granted the connection I have with our incredible fans and will work relentlessly with the players and staff to ensure that as a collective we fight for the badge at all times.”
“Time to prepare and focus all of our energy into Thursday’s game.”
The spurs squad posted an apology for the fans:
“As a squad, we understand your frustration, you anger. It wasn’t good enough. We know words aren’t enough in situations like this but believe us, a defeat like this hurts. We appreciate your support, home and away, and with this in mind we would like to reimburse fans with the cost of their match tickets from St James’ Park.”
“We know this does not change what happened on Sunday and we will give everything to put things right against Manchester United on Thursday evening when, again, your support will mean everything to us. Together – and only together – can we move things forward.”
The Devils’ Coach Erik ten Hag about the upcoming game for a higher position in the table:
“The race for the top four is going to be a fight, and you can only win when you match the desire and passion of the opponent. Setbacks always you have to deal with, we have to leave this behind and only take the lessons from the determination, about the passion and desire.”
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United Prediction:
It’s hard to say how much Mason will be able to fix things in a few days, but United do look like a slightly better side at the moment. The Red Devils can win this game if they manage to avoid the defensive lapses that occurred in the Europa League return leg against Sevilla, especially considering that the main attacking force – Rashford – is back in the squad.
The Londoners, by the way, also conceded three at home to Bournemouth before six goals from Newcastle, so their defence is far from good at the moment. And then there’s also the fact that MU have won their last four games against Tottenham in the EPL, including two away games.
The only thing that can prevent the Red Devils from taking the three points with confidence is an injury crisis. Spurs’ strongest line appears to be the attack, led by the Son-Kane duo (38 goals combined), with the visitors’ most vulnerable line being the defensive end – Erik ten Hag faces a real puzzle as to who to place in the middle of the defense to counter the opposing attacking vanguard, Maguire+Lindelef link is looking dismal.
Moreover, one of the main creative forces of the Mancunians — Bruno Fernandes — is set to miss the game too, this will undoubtedly hit the offensive potential.
We expect a goal exchange and a minimal victory for the visitors. A recent qualification to the FA Cup final will give Erik ten Hag’s men the necessary spirit and enthusiasm.
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Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: both teams will score and Manchester United will win – Yes.