Kick Off: 1715, 21/04/2018
TV: BBC One
Much will be made of Tottenham having ‘home’ advantage in the latter stages of the FA Cup this season, but we think Manchester United can still prevail in their semi-final clash.
The Red Devils will bring down a huge support to match Spurs in that department and can draw on the experience of winning several crucial matches here over the past few years.
Tottenham, on the other hand, fell apart when facing Chelsea at this stage last term and could feel the pressure of their long trophy drought.
We’re kicking off our Man Utd vs Tottenham betting predictions by taking 13/10 for Jose Mourinho’s side to reach the final.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United claimed outright FA Cup glory for the 12th time when edging out Crystal Palace two years ago, having also come through a thrilling semi-final with Everton at this venue.
The Red Devils enjoyed more Wembley success when lifting the EFL Cup at the expense of Southampton last season, before adding the Europa League to their CV.
Mourinho, who is seeking a fourth FA Cup triumph after three with Chelsea, said of the venue: “I don’t think it’s an advantage at all. For me, it’s the same as playing at Old Trafford.”
Mourinho’s men were below par in a 2-0 Premier League loss to Spurs here at the end of January, but a first-minute goal played a big part in shaping the pattern of that match.
United came out on top when they met at Old Trafford in late October and have cruised through four rounds of this competition.
Derby, Yeovil, Huddersfield and Brighton were beaten by an aggregate score of 10-0, with second-string keeper Sergio Romero rarely troubled.
Nemanja Matic was outstanding against the Seagulls and said: “If you win the FA Cup I cannot say it is a successful season, but it’s a good season.”
Matic and striker Romelu Lukaku are among those likely to return to the starting XI after playing substitute roles in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth.
Only Sergio Romero is absent with a back injury, leaving Mourinho to rely on regular first-choice keeper David De Gea.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham were impressive when brushing aside Swansea 3-0 in Wales to reach this point for the second straight season.
However, it has not all been plain sailing for Spurs, who needed replays to get past League One Rochdale and League Two Newport.
Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham are favoured by the semi-finals being staged at their temporary Wembley home.
He said: “We’ve beaten some big teams there and had some very good games, apart from the start of the season when it was a bit difficult for us.
“Wembley suits us and we’ve had a good season there. We really feel at home there.”
However, West Ham won at the national stadium in the EFL Cup, Juventus prevailed 2-1 in the second leg of a Champions League clash and Manchester City obliged 3-1 last weekend in the Premier League.
Spurs will even have to use the away team dressing room on this occasion, having come out second in the draw.
The London club last won this competition in 1991 and it is 10 years since they secured any notable silverware.
We’re finishing off our Man Utd vs Tottenham betting tips by backing the Red Devils to prevail 2-1 at 21/2.
Spurs are set to recall Dele Alli, who was rested for the midweek draw at Brighton as one of six changes, but Danny Rose and Harry Winks are still out.
Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether to pick regular FA Cup goalkeeper Michel Vorm or stick with Hugo Lloris.
Last FA Cup result:
MAN UTD 2-0 Brighton – Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic
Swansea 0-3 TOTTENHAM – Christian Eriksen (2), Erik Lamela
Head-to-head: Tottenham 2-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham, Tottenham 2-1 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham, Tottenham 3-0 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham
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