Manchester United vs. Tottenham
Sir Alex Ferguson has a couple of injury problems this week with captain Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand ruled out through injury it will be United’s new boys Chris Smalling and Phil JOnes to take the center of the defence. With David De Gea new to united’s backline as well Tottenham couldnt ask for a better time to face United in Old Trafford. A new look Manchester United had the brilliance of Ashely Young and Wayne Rooney to thank for last weekends hard fought victory away to West Brom. Young in particular looks a superb buy from Villa and fitted into the side very well and looked a costant threat, with Nani on the other wing and the return of Chicarito Hernandez imminent, the future looks young and bright at Old Trafford.
Harry Redknapps men are coming off a five goal win against Hearts in a qualifying round for the Europa League, the reality probably is that Scottish football is just that poor and although a good performance its hard to gage just how good Tottenham were. Also for Spurs there has been some distraction with Luka Modric looking for a transfer, the croatian playmaker sat out the win over Hearts with a groin strain but to me it seemed more like a tactic of not tying the player up for European football in case Chelsea do meet Tottenhams valuation. But with Rafael Van Der Vaart looking like a man rested and well up for it this Spurs side have some serious quality and will be looking for Champions League qualification at the least. Newly promoted Captain Michael Dawson has intimated in the preseason that the goal for all involved in Spurs is to crack the top four and this goal will be tested tonight in one of the toughest fixtures Spurs will face this season. Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavluchenko will need to get more goals this term if Spurs are to be a realistic title contender or even to break into the top four but they did look sharp in preseason and they face a youthful and inexperienced United back line.
I think we will see goals tonight. So I’m taking the over.