Tottenham Hotspur took an absolute beating roughly a week ago at the Etihad against Manchester City, who were determined to win from the start to the finish. Now, Spurs will look to host and defeat Manchester United this Sunday.
Tottenham likes to play a possession game towards the final third where they rely on the quick passing and skill in order to create scoring opportunities. The issue is this is that they are not used to teams pressing them nonstop in their own half, which is exactly why they were crushed and demoralized by City last weekend. If they can not find a way around this, winning at home even against United will be too difficult.
United themselves are coming off of a brilliant 5-0 victory on German soil against Bayer Leverkusen. Wayne Rooney notched a whopping four assists against a rather decent German defense, who were nothing short of shellshocked by the team’s performance. Now, they have the task of rubbing salt into the wounds of a sensitive Tottenham side who have difficulty defeating the better team teams in the Premier League.
Prediction: Tottenham 1, Manchester United 3
The home side will play possession and create chances, but they will only score once whereas their opponents will find all of the opening in the world and manage a trio goals. This game could be a factor in the safety of Andre Villas–Boas‘ job. He has an excellent squad at his disposal, but he is struggling to put them together and play like a true force.