Prematch: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Spurs take on Red Devils for top-four consideration, hoping to secure their first home win since 2018

Published: April 25, 2023 14:48


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Premier League
27 Apr 21:15

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Spurs will host Manchester United for their Premier League home fixture at 20:15 (GMT+1) on Thursday, April 27 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, hoping for their first win against them since 2018.

Tottenham Hotspur Part Ways with Cristian Stellini After Embarrassing 6-1 Loss to Newcastle United

Tottenham Hotspur parted ways with Cristian Stellini on Monday after suffering an embarrassing 6-1 loss against Newcastle United that saw nearly every four minutes scoring opportunities being conceded in the opening 25 minutes. Spurs reverted to their back-four formation after making what proved to be a poorly considered decision, eventually opting for midfielder Pape Matar Sarr versus center back Davinson Sanchez in the 23rd minute. “Sunday’s performance against Newcastle was wholly unacceptable and heartbreaking to witness. “Ultimately, the responsibility lies with me,” read an abbreviated statement from club chairman Daniel Levy. “Cristian will leave his current role along with his coaching staff; we wish him and them well,” it continued. Tottenham is now reeling after back-to-back defeats DDWLW and is rapidly sliding towards fifth place – they now trail Thursday’s opponents by six points [16W, 5D & 11L]. Midweek action provides Spurs an opportunity to draw within three points of Manchester United; however, they have lost all four meetings against them so far. Manchester United have won just three of 21 Premier League home games against Spurs [3W, 7D, 11L], most recently in January 2018 [3W, 7D, 11L]. Ryan Mason will take over as head coach and is likely to switch back to 3–4–2–1 formation with Harry Kane leading their attack. Lucas Moura returns after serving a three-game suspension.

Manchester United Set for Historic FA Cup Final Showdown and Midweek Victory over Spurs

Manchester United secured an all-Manchester FA Cup final against Brighton via penalties over the weekend to set up an all-Metropolitan FA Cup showdown between Manchester teams on June 3. United’s last Premier League appearance yielded a 2-0 victory against Everton and extended their hold on 4th place, accruing 59 points [18W, 5D & 7L], two games ahead of London trip. Manchester United are looking to make history on Wednesday against Spurs with a victory that would give them four straight victories after previously picking up three, DLWWW. Furthermore, Manchester United have only lost one out of their previous fifteen midweek matches [9W, 5D, 1L], remaining undefeated on seven such matches this season [5W 2D 0L]. Erik ten Hag is anticipated to select a 4–2–3-1 formation featuring Wout Weghorst as an attacking midfielder for this midweek fixture against Spurs. Unfortunately for them however, Lisandro Martinez [foot injury], Donny van de Beek [knee injury], Raphael Varane [muscle injury], Scott McTominay and Alejandro Garnacho have been ruled out and cannot take part.

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