Spurs Still Strong Even Without Kane: Tottenham’s Predicted Line-up v Man Utd

By timgarrett IN Lineup,Premier League - 10:15 Oct 28th 2017


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After nine games of the current campaign, only goal difference separates Manchester United and Tottenham in the higher reaches of the Premier League table, though both clubs have work to do if they are to close the five-point gap to leaders Manchester City. Jose Mourinho has been accused of playing too defensively in recent weeks, but the self-styled ‘Special One’ is unlikely to let that faze him as he tries to find a formula to combat Mauricio Pochettino’s impressive side. Squandering a two-goal lead in exiting the Carabao Cup at the hands of West Ham on Wednesday night was not an ideal way for Spurs to warm up for this fixture, but a record of nine wins from their previous ten top-flight away games shows their strength. Manchester United are a force to be reckoned with on their own patch, however, winning ten and drawing ten of their last 20 Premier League games, so the draw (28% chance - 3.4 with BetVictor) has to be seen as the outstanding bet in this clash between two teams who rarely lose. Ten of the Red Devils’ most recent 13 home games at this level have produced under 2.5 goals (56% chance - 2.2 with BetVictor), so it would be wise to go with a 1-1 (13% chance - 6.5 with Bet365) or 0-0 (9% chance - 9.0 with Betfred) scoreline, though 1-0 (10% chance - 7.5 with Bet365) and 0-1 (11% chance - 11.0 with Bet365) are also extremely possible. Romelu Lukaku (19% chance - 4.5 with Betfred) and Harry Kane (17% chance - 5.5 with Paddy Power) have already netted 15 top-flight goals between them in 2017/18, so it is hard to look beyond either of this pair in the first scorer stakes.

After hugely impressive performances against Real Madrid and Liverpool last week, all the talk was of a Tottenham side in form and ready to compete with the best as they headed into their midweek EFL Cup tie with West Ham at Wembley. What happened next shocked many, not least their manager Mauricio Pochettino.

2-0 up and sitting pretty, they were the victims of a rampant and rapid fight back from their cross-city rivals, and were ultimately embarrassed by a 3-2 defeat. Such a result will have undoubtedly dented their confidence, and it will be up to Pochettino to pick them up once more for their Saturday lunchtime trip to Old Trafford.

With such tough opposition ahead of them, it will be imperative that Spurs select the right XI, and this is the side we expect them to go with:

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v MAN UTD - OLD TRAFFORD, 28 Oct 2017, 12:30
000 / 0
013 / 0
Davinson S
000 / 0
013 / 1
060 / 0
001 / 0
003 / 0
002 / 1
Dele Alli
511 / 0
330 / 0
001 / 0
Totals81214 / 2

There are few better central defensive trios in England right now than Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sánchez and Toby Alderweireld, and all 3 have shown their quality this season. Spurs have conceded just 5 goals in the 8 games the trio has started together, keeping 4 clean sheets in the process.

Harry Winks has been highly impressive so far this term, and looks set to retain his place in the starting XI alongside Eric Dier. The pair of English internationals have previously started 11 times together for Spurs, with a 71% win rate in those outings.

The absence of the injured Harry Kane here is undoubtedly a blow to Spurs, although it may not be the disaster it first appears. Spurs were unbeaten in the 8 Premier League games Kane missed last season, and if they were to continue that record at Old Trafford then it would have to be seen as a positive result.

Overall this is a very strong Spurs side, and one that has every chance of claiming victory once again against Jose Mourinho’s side. Available at 50/1 to take all 3 points for new Betfair customers, it’s surely worth a go.

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