Tue 24 Oct 2017, 08:53
Catch the highly anticipated Premier League showdown between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur live from Old Trafford on Saturday 28 October.
Saturday’s Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford promises to be a captivating affair as two of the English game’s Grade-A strikers go head to head.
Tune in for the live action from Manchester on Saturday 28 October 13:30 on SS3 (DStv Channel 203 streaming live on DStv Now). Highlights on DStv Catch Up later.
One cannot help shifting the focus of attention in this encounter onto two of the League’s top goal scorers Harry Kane (Tottenham) and Romelu Lukaku (Man United).
Both strikers have a voracious appetite for scoring goals and certainly justify their astronomical price tags.
The clash not only pits two of the most lethal strikers in the English game against one another on the field, but also a pair of the shrewdest brains in the game in the respective dugouts – managers Mauricio Pochettino (Spurs) and Jose Mourinho (United).
Although there may be a strong mutual respect between them, the two bosses will no doubt be keen to engage in a game of one-upmanship.
After dropping off the pace and conceding the title to Chelsea last season, the north London side are starting to look more like realistic championship contenders. Their away form this term is also staggering and they haven’t lost a game yet in all competitions on their travels.
United’s 2-1 stumble at Huddersfield, which boss Mourinho will be hoping was nothing more than a temporary hiccup, and Spurs’ 4-1 obliteration of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool last time out sees both sides level on points in second place.
The pair still trail United’s near neighbours Manchester City by five points and neither side can afford to drop any further off the pace.
Pep Guardiola’s men are unbeaten in all competitions this season and look seemingly unstoppable right now, and neither United or Spurs can afford to drop any further off the pace.
The north London side seem to have also settled down now and shed their Wembley woes after a shaky start at their temporary residence. But it is probably Spurs’ staggering away from this term that will have the Red Devils a touch guarded.
Pochettino’s men haven’t lost a game yet in all competitions on their travels. Nothing would please them more than coming away from the hallowed Old Trafford with maximum points.
Tottenham broke the 10-year-old Premier League attendance record in last weekend’s 4-1 triumph over Liverpool at Wembley.
The attendance of 80 827 broke the previous record, ironically held by this weekend’s opponents, Manchester United of 76 098.
That was set when United beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1 at Old Trafford in March 2007.
Potential Game Changers:
Man Utd: David de Gea, Romelu Lukaku, Namnaja Matic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial.
Spurs: Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Hueng-Min-Son, Fernando Llorente, Mousa Sissoko (subject to fitness).
Premier League Top Goalscorers:
1 Harry Kane (Spurs) 8
2 Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) 7, Sergio Aguero (Man City) 7
3 Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) 6, Gabriel Jesus (Man City) 6, Raheem Stirling (Man City) 6
Latest Premier League log - Top 5: (P W D L GF GA GD PTS):
Manchester City 9 8 1 0 32 4 28 25
Manchester Utd 9 6 2 1 22 4 18 20
Tottenaham 9 6 2 1 19 6 13 20
Chelsea 9 5 1 3 17 10 7 16
Arsenal 9 5 1 3 17 12 5 16
Head to Head (Premier League era):
Man Utd: Won 19, Drawn 8, Lost 11
Spurs: Won 12, Drawn 8, Lost 18
Highest Score: Spurs 6 Man Utd 2 (1962/63)
Most Recent Premier League Meetings:
2016/17 – Spurs 2 Man Utd 1, Spurs 2 Man Utd 1
2015/16 – Man Utd 1 Spurs 0
2014/15 – Man Utd 3 Spurs 0, Spurs 0 Man Utd 0
2013/14 – Man Utd 1 Spurs 2, Spurs 2 Man Utd 2
2012/13 – Spurs 1 Man Utd 1, Man Utd 2 Spurs 3
(Statistics – Premier League, MUFC, SpursFC)
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By Trevor Cramer