Kick-off: 2015, 27/04/2023
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Ryan Mason begins his second spell in charge of Tottenham but has a huge job on his hands trying to rescue their season.
A top-four finish looks out of reach after Sunday’s drubbing at Newcastle, while victory for Manchester United would be a big step towards a return to Champions League football.
With the hosts in disarray, an away win at 11/8 is an easy pick as our first Tottenham vs Man Utd prediction.
Mason free to shake things up
Mason has been named interim head coach by Tottenham once again, having overseen the squad following the departure of Jose Mourinho in April 2021 until the end of that campaign.
This time he has taken over from Cristian Stellini, who replaced Antonio Conte for four matches but was dismissed in the wake of a 6-1 defeat at St James’ Park.
Mason will surely revert to a back three, which was the formation in the second half on Tyneside as Spurs finally managed to batten down the hatches having conceded five times in the first 21 minutes.
Having come off the bench in the last two matches, Richarlison could come in for Dejan Kulusevski but regardless of team selection, Spurs have a poor record against their fellow European hopefuls.
In nine league matches this season against the current top seven, Spurs have suffered eight defeats and six of those were by more than one goal.
Looking at the 16/5 to win by at least two goals.
Last Tottenham line-up: Lloris, Perisic, Dier, Romero, Porro, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Sarr, Son, Kane, Kulusevski.
United avoid Euro hangover
Manchester United produced the ideal response to their Europa League exit by reaching the FA Cup final on Sunday, although only on penalties after a goalless draw with Brighton.
That kept them on course for a domestic cup double but now the focus returns to securing a top-four finish.
United are six points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham with two games in hand so will take some catching if they can leave north London with three points.
Reflecting on the Wembley success, defender Luke Shaw said: “I think it doesn’t put things right but it puts us in a good place to finish the season well because Champions League is a must for us and a Manchester derby now in the FA Cup final is an amazing game to be involved in.”
United have struggled on their travels against the top teams this season but have kept four successive clean sheets in domestic fixtures despite injury problems in defence.
They were 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in October and a repeat at 12/1 completes our Tottenham vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Dalot, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fernandes, Eriksen, Casemiro, Antony, Martial, Rashford.
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(Assist: Marcus Rashford)
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(Assist: Bruno Fernandes)
(Assist: Harry Kane)
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