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Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Posted by united4ever2009 on September 11, 2009


Date: 12th September, 2009

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-off: 17:30 GMT


Tottenham’s emergence as a threat to the top four will be assessed further this weekend when the reigning champions arrive at White Hart Lane.

Spurs have already seen off Liverpool at home this season as they recorded four wins from four in August. But Harry Redknapp’s charges are unlikely to have things all their own way in a fixture they traditionally struggle in.

Although the last two clashes between the sides in north London have ended in draws, Spurs have failed to beat the Old Trafford giants since the last century.

Since that 3-1 victory in 1999, Tottenham have failed to record a win in all competitions against United in 22 meetings, a statistic which will have to be ended quickly if Spurs are to stay in and around the big boys.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have started the season as they so often do, slightly hit-and-miss. But after the international break and with fitness levels picking up, it can only be expected that the Red Devils improve their form quickly.

Both sides have plenty of injury concerns. Spurs will be hopeful Jemaine Jenas’ calf strain is not serious enough to keep him out of Saturday evening’s match, while Gareth Bale could return to fitness after a knee cartilage problem lay-off.

But rearguard regulars Jonathan Woodgate (hernia), Michael Dawson (Achilles) and Heurelho Gomes (thigh) are unlikely to play, although Redknapp will hope a period of rest for Ledley King will be sufficient for him to return after a groin problem.

Luka Modric is out for the medium to long term with a broken leg.

England defender Rio Ferdinand could return to partner Nemanja Vidic at the heart of United’s defence, while Ben Foster should continue in goal in the absence of Edwin van der Sar.

Exciting full-back Rafael could make a comeback from a shoulder injury, although Owen Hargreaves and young Frenchman Gabriel Obertain are out for at least another month.

Expected Line-ups:

Tottenham : Cudicini, Corluka, King, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Huddlestone, Kranjcar, Keane, Defoe.

Man Utd : Foster, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Park, Fletcher, Carrick, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney.


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