GAMEWEEK 25: MUN vs TOT MATCH PREVIEW| FANTASY FOOTBALL


MUN vs TOT: Manchester United are certainly the most celebrated club in England and after Sir Alex Ferguson called it quits, the team haven’t been able to win a Premier League title. This year also after a healthy start and with a formidable squad, the 20-time league winners find themselves 12 points away from the league leaders Manchester City. United possess a lot of quality in their midfield but evidently have fallen short of converting draws into wins. In a league where the fixtures are so compactly contested that frailty can cause them the title.

HAND CITY THE TITLE ALREADY? City have easily looked the strongest team in the league and their midfielders have been leaps and bounds above the rest. While City enjoy the financial cornucopia, their investment on the rearguard has proven to be a masterstroke. United, with the signing of Alexis Sanchez, will be chasing the number one spot but will also look to maintain a stern run to remain in the top 4. Should they go full throttle for the title or should United avoid risks to hold a position in the top 4? With that being said, only if City go into self-destruction mode can they fall, otherwise, they’re on course for winning the league at a canter.

UNITED IN THEIR LAST 5 GAMES: 

  • Beat Burnley 0-1(A)
  • Beat Stoke City 3-0(H)
  • Beat Everton 0-2(A)
  • A goalless draw against the Saints(H)
  • Drew 2-2 against Burnley(H)

SO CLOSE YET SO FAR: Tottenham Hotspur have been a much-improved unit ever since Mauricio Pochettino took over and against the big guns they’ve proven to be a handful. However, Spurs still haven’t been convincing enough to win the league title. While City spent around £250 million this year, Tottenham spent a miserly £93 million. Investing in departments where it is an absolute must, wins you titles and that is what the top 4 teams have done. The Spurs are currently 5 points away from Liverpool who are 4th on the table, 8 away from United at 2nd and 20 away from City who are leading the charts. This season after 24 games, Spurs have already lost 5; 1 more than what they managed the whole of last season. Harry Kane has been their main man yet again but the other scorers seem to have hit a drought.

SPURS’ LAST 5 OUTINGS:

  • 1-1 against the Saints(A)
  • Beat Everton 4-0(H)
  • 1-1 against Westham United(H)
  • Beat Swansea City 0-2(A)
  • Beat Southampton 5-2(H)

HEAD-TO-HEAD MUN vs TOT:

PLAYED

51

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

33

MANCHESTER UNITED

7

DRAWS

11

In the reverse fixture, Anthony martial’s winner earned United 3 crucial points. 

STATS FOR MUN vs TOT:

  • The Lilywhites have won their last two home league games against Manchester United. The last time they won three consecutive home games against the Red Devils was back in September 1966.
  • Spurs have picked up just three points in their five games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United this season (W1 D0 L4), fewer than any other ‘big six’ side in these fixtures.
  • Alexis Sanchez could make his Premier League debut for Manchester United in this game. He scored in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Spurs in November and could become the third player to score against them for two different clubs in the same Premier League season. Eric Cantona in 1992-93 and Benito Carbone in 1999-00 are the only players to have done this before.
  • Kane is just one goal shy of his 100th in the Premier League. Out of the 26 players who’ve scored 100 goals in the league none of them have done it in a match against Manchester United, though Alan Shearer’s 100th for Newcastle United specifically did come against the Red Devils.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR- MUN vs TOT:

Christian Eriksen(Tottenham): The Danish international hasn’t been at his best this season. With 15 assists and 8 goals last season, Eriksen was the second most efficient playmaker in the league taking Spurs tantalizingly close to a league title. His partnership with Harry Kane was the best in the league by a distance and worked in synergy to draw positive results. Against United, who’ve got the best defensive record in the league this year, Eriksen might just have to elevate his game to a different level. If he plays at the level he’s known to, so consistently, United will have a hard time keeping a check on the scoreline.

2017/18 season: Minutes played: 1958, Goals: 6, Assists: 7, Big chances created: 7.

Alexis Sanchez(Manchester United): United currently have two world-class playmakers in their ranks. In Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez they’ve got two match-winners who can create a goal from absolutely nothing. At Arsenal, Sanchez was the master creator and at United, his role isn’t going to change much. With Anthony Martial playing on the left, Sanchez might have to operate from the right. How he works with Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial will pave way for an exciting attack.

2017/18 season: Minutes played: 1501, Goals: 7, Assists: 5. 

TEAMS NEWS for MUN vs TOT: Serge Aurier’s calf problem will keep him out of this fixture. Harry Winks is struggling with an ankle issue and will not be available. Danny Rose, Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris all took part in the first team training.

United are without Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daley Blind.

EXPECTED 11 FOR MUN vs TOT:

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris(gk), Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane.

Manchester United: David de Gea(gk), Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Marco Rojo, Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku.

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