This Sunday’s clash between Spurs and Manchester United at White Hart Lane will be a close one, I believe. The level of crowd noise at White Hart Lane this season has been tremendous and it really is a twelfth man on the pitch for Spurs.
Crowd noise apart, Spurs has a good chance of scoring against United with Robbie Keane showing his form against Southend last week, Dimitar Berbatov ready to pounce, Jermain Defoe in the trenches and Mido, despite being linked with Manchester City, suspended.
Add to that Jermaine Jenas in midfield finally getting closer to hitting his stride and, very importantly, the ineffective and temper-fueled Edgar Davids being shipped back to Netherlands. On paper, Spurs has a quality side with players such as Malbranque, Robinson, Chimbonda, Huddlestone, Ghaly, and Zokora. But on the field, of course, they still quite haven’t played as well consistently match after match that Spurs fans and I believe they can.
Haunting Spurs will be the fact that the team hasn’t defeated Man United in the Premiership since 2001.
For Manchester United, they really need to focus on playing attacking football rather than playing a 4-5-1, which worked against them at the Emirates recently. Sir Alex Ferguson is really spoilt for choices up front now with Larsson, Saha and Solskjaer all fit. Plus Rooney available to play slightly behind the strikers (case in point was Rooney’s brilliant one-two with Larsson that led to the Swede’s goal).
This promises to be a very entertaining match to watch indeed.
In the U.S., the match will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel, 11am ET, Sunday, February 4, 2007.