Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
England – FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 21st April 2018
Kick-off at 17:15 UK/ 18:15 CET
Venue: Venue: Wembley (London).
It is a big weekend in English football when Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur battle for a place in the finals of the FA Cup 2018.
Both teams had an easy run into the competition’s semifinal. The Red Devils got past the lower league sided Derby County and Yeovil and then the newly promoted Premier League sided Huddersfield and Brighton. They avoided a repeat of the fixtures are yet to concede a goal in the process.
Meantime, Spurs met league sides AFC Wimbledon, Newport and Rochdale before Swansea in the quarterfinals. They were forced to a replay by Newport and Rochdale. It may not look convincing, but they did went into a majority of those games with fringe players.
This midweek saw both teams in Premier League action with heavily rotated squads. Man United bagged an easy 2-0 win away at Bournemouth to restore some parity after the 1-0 home defeat to West Brom on the weekend. On the other hand, Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton and remain without a win in two games following the defeat to Manchester City on the weekend.
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Head-to-head
First meeting between the two sides in a cup match since 2009. It was in the quarterfinals of League Cup back then, a pair of first half goals from Darron Gibson sending United through in the 2-0 win.
There are no stalemates in their last 7 head-to-head meetings. United won 4 and Spurs in 3, all wins in their respective home turfs.
Both teams scored in only 1 of those 7 games.
Six of their last 8 head-to-head meetings recorded under 2.5 goals.
Their two premier league meetings this season saw Spurs winning 2-0 at Wembley on January before a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford on October 2017.
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Predictions
The two have their key players available for selection thereby setting the stage for a fascinating contest. Also, the sides are desperate to trump each other as this is their last chance to win a silverware this season.
Spurs have the better experience of playing at the Wembley stadium as this is their temporary home for this season. This could have a good influence in this game. They will go into this match considering they are the most consistent side in the league in the last three months.
Manchester United have the capability to win big games. But they hardly pose the consistency as compared with their Saturday’s opponents.
Now, neither sides can boast of the stability at the back, therefore punters must expect goals at either ends. I am thinking 2-1 or a 3-2 Spurs win in this FA Cup semifinal fixture this weekend. If you are thinking safety first, I recommend go for goal markets and relax and enjoy the match as this is one you may not miss on the weekend.
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Manchester United vs Tottenham: Team News and Predicted Starting Elevens
Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, and Nemanja Matic are expected to return to the starting lineup after being rested in the midweek Premier League fixture against Bournemouth.
David de Gea is guaranteed to start in goal since Sergio Romero is out with an injury.
Predicted Starting Eleven (4-3-3)
De Gea – Smalling, Bailly, Valencia, Young – Herrera, Matic, Pogba – Sanchez, Lingard, Lukaku.
Danny Rose and Harry Winks are the two players sidelined for Tottenham.
Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele are expected to return to the starting line-up, so do the defensive duo of Davinson Sanchez and Kieran Trippier.
The club captain Hugo Lloris could get the nod ahead of Michel Vorm who started in most of the FA Cup matches this season.
Tottenham Predicted Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Lloris – Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies – Dier, Dembele – Alli, Eriksen, Son – Kane.