Spurs Try To Shake Old Trafford Hoodoo

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Jermain Defoe will need to fire up front for Spurs to beat United. Image courtesy of talksport.co.uk
To say Manchester United has had the wood on Tottenham of late is an understatement. United has taken points from the last 26 matches against Spurs at Old Trafford, and on just four of those occasions have the London side even salvaged a draw.

Over the last 10 EPL games between the teams, United has found the back of the net on 21 occasions, while Spurs have managed a measly six goals. Every United home match and each Tottenham away game this season so far has featured more than 2.5 goals, so the over market looks like good value.

Spurs certainly don’t lack goalscoring punch. Chief marksman Jermain Defoe has already collected four goals in the league this season, but he has only scored twice in 18 games against United. New signing Clint Dempsey has failed to score in his ten appearances against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. They probably won’t get a better opportunity than this weekend, though, as Nemanja Vidic is out with injury, joining Phil Jones and Chris Smalling on the sideline, leaving Man U with a makeshift back four.

United welcomed Wayne Rooney back in the midweek League Cup win over Newcastle United, and he’s a possible starter on Sunday morning alongside EPL leading scorer Robin van Persie.

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