Tottenham Looks To Break Hoodoo

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Tottenham Hotspur ended a 23-year hoodoo when they won 3-2 at Old Trafford earlier this season, and Andre Villas-Boas’s team has the chance to end another drought when it meets league leaders Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Monday morning (AEDT). Spurs haven’t beaten United at home since 2001, but the Londoners are in a purple patch right now and their opposition heads to the capital with a few key men missing.

United regained Wayne Rooney from a knee injury for the 1-0 win over West Ham United in the FA Cup replay while Nani also made his long-awaited comeback from a hamstring problem he picked up in early November.  Anderson was also back in the side after being out for a month.  Defensive rock Nemanja Vidic won’t play Spurs after suffering a concussion in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool, while Ashley Young will also be missing due to a knee injury.

Importantly for Sir Alex Ferguson, he still has striker Robin van Persie fit. The marksman has an incredible record in recent times, having found the back of the net in eight of his past nine Premier League starts. Tottenham has kept a clean sheet in five of its last eight games in the domestic league, but Spurs haven’t come up against a front man of van Persie’s quality in what has been a relatively soft run of games.

Regardless of who they played in their recent run, Spurs have still won four and drawn two in their past six games. The home fans at the Lane have witnessed just two defeats all season; a 4-2 loss to Chelsea after leading 2-1 at one stage, as well as a 1-0 defeat by lowly Wigan Athletic. These teams have drawn three of the past five times they’ve met in east London. Spurs have scored first in 14 of their 22 matches this campaign, but United are the comeback kings having collected 24 points from losing positions already this season.

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