Tottenham 11-8-10, Manchester United 12-9-8
6/19/20 3:15 pm
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Tottenham is hosting Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in another derby match of round 30 in the English Premier League.
Tottenham was in a terrible form before the season was paused and they haven’t won any of their last 6 games. During that stretch, Tottenham has conceded 14 goals, while scoring only 7 goals. I think this break was a good thing for Tottenham because they had a lot of injured players and it gave them a chance to regroup and put their heads together. In the Champions League, Tottenham was knocked out by Leipzig and they haven’t even scored a goal in that matchup. In their last EPL match against Burnley before the break, Tottenham has had 55% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and 74% of the correct passes. This match ended in a 1-1 draw. Tottenham is not doing well in the EPL this season and they are in low, 8th place in the standings with only 41 points, 47 scored goals, and 40 conceded goals. For a few seasons, Tottenham has had one of the best defenses in the EPL, but this season nothing is working for them. Harry Kane is Tottenham’s top goalscorer with 11 goals, while Son added 9 goals and 7 assists. Alli has scored 8 times for Tottenham. There are no injured or suspended players in Tottenham which means coach Mourinho will have his best players at his disposal. The EPL is the only competition that Tottenham is playing in for the rest of the season which is a good thing because they can focus on getting to one of the spots that will take them to the Europa League or the Champions League.
Manchester United is on an 11-game streak without a loss and they are in 5th place in the standings with 45 points, 3 points away from Chelsea in 4th place, which is the last place that leads into the Champions League. Manchester’s defense has been their best attribute this season with only 30 conceded goals, while their offense could be better. United has scored 44 goals in 29 games. In the Europa League, United is playing against LASK in the Round of 16 and has beaten them 0-5 in the first leg. In their last EPL match against their city rival, Manchester City, United has had only 27% of ball possession, but 6 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 73% of the correct passes. Manchester United has scored 1 goal in each half and has won this game 2-0. Marcus Rashford is the top goal scorer for Manchester United with 14 goals, while Martial added 11 goals. There are no injuries in United’s roster and all the best players are expected to start in this game. When healthy, United is playing fantastic soccer and are scoring a lot of goals, but as soon as you remove Rashford or Martial out of the equation, United is struggling. I think that United could go far in the Europa League, but their race for 4th place will be tough for the rest of the season.
Tottenham hasn’t won any of their last 6 games, and they lost their last 2 home games against Manchester United. The trends are heavily on United’s side, but I don’t think they matter much after either of the teams didn’t play a game in over three months. There hasn’t been a draw in this matchup in 6 years. To be honest, this one could go either way and for that reason, I will pick something on goals.