Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United Preview

League leaders Manchester United travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, keen to make amends for their defeat in the reverse fixture back in September.

The hosts are unbeaten in seven games, and could tighten their grip on a Champions League qualification place if they extend that run here.

Scott Parker is likely to start in place of Sandro, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with after surgery on his knee, while Emmanuel Adebayor is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Jermaine Defoe is widely available at 7.5 (13/2) to get the first goal of the game, while Gareth Bale is a 9.0 (8/1) with Stan James.

Spurs are 3.1 (21/10) with Stan James for the win, with United favourites at 2.5 (6/4) with several firms. The draw is 3.6 (13/5).

The visitors kept their seven point advantage at the top of the division after beating Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford last Sunday.

The result took Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to 55 points from 22 games; their best ever start to a top flight season.

Ashley Young and Jonny Evans will both miss the game through injury, whilst Darren Fletcher has been ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery.

Robin Van Persie is the division’s top scorer with seventeen goals, and is priced at 5.0 (4/1) to add to that tally with the first goal of the game whilst Wayne Rooney, who made a goal scoring return in the FA Cup Third Round replay on Wednesday is available at 6.5 (11/2).

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