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United Take on Spurs in the EPL

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Manchester United vs Tottenem Hotspur

Gameweek 09 | Sat,30 Oct 2010 | 17:30 KO | Old Trafford

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The game of the weekend in the English Premier League takes place at Old Trafford on Saturday evening as Manchester United host Spurs. United are clear favourites but Spurs have a chance of taking something from the game.

United gave their season a boost with their first away win of the campaign at Stoke last weekend. At Old Trafford they had scored 3 goals in each of their first 3 games which brought victories over Newcastle and West Ham (both 3-0) and Liverpool (3-2). They looked to be heading for a fourth consecutive home win in the Premier League when they went into the break 2-0 up against surprise package West Brom but they were pegged back to 2-2 in the second period. Followers of the “over 2.5 goals” markets will be well aware that 8 of United's 9 league games have seen them collect, a 0-0 draw at Sunderland being the only exception. United will be without Rooney who is reportedly out for another couple of weeks or so, Giggs and Evans have also been missing recently.

Spurs are in 5th place on the log, 2 points behind United. They drew 1-1 with Everton last weekend to make it 7 points from their last 3 league games. It could be so much better had they not slipped to surprise defeats at home to Wigan and away at West Ham and of their 4 league wins so far, 2 have come away from home at Stoke and most recently at Fulham (both 2-1). Spurs have a huge game in the Champions League at home to Inter Milan following this match but I would imagine this will be the sole focus for Harry Redknapp this week. Spurs only other game against a side in the early running for the title race came against Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season and finished 0-0. They have yet to face Chelsea or Arsenal in the league so this game will tell us much about their ability to compete with the bug guns.

The head to head stats make dismal reading for Spurs fans. They haven't seen their side beat United in any of the last 22 league and cup meetings. You have to go back to May 2001 for their last win, 3-1 at White Hart Lane and December 1989 for their last win at Old Trafford. Last seasons league meetings were high on goals with United winning 3-1 in London and at Old Trafford.

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