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Jon Riley 3rd Mar 2012 - 10:57

Giggs and Scholes back in the goals!

Tottenham v Man Utd - Sunday 16:10 - live on Sky Sports 1

Tottenham's fading title dreams were dealt a crushing blow at the home of their most bitter rivals last weekend as they let slip a 2 goal lead at the Emirates, eventually falling to a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal. That result left Spurs 10 points behind the leaders City, and with City playing 24 hours earlier, that gap could have widened to 13 points by kick-off at White Hart Lane.

They will face a Manchester United team buoyed by a last minute winner at Norwich last week, courtesy of goals scored by the evergreen pairing of Paul Scholes (12/1 first scorer) and Ryan Giggs (14s). It was the first time the pair had scored in the same game since a 4-0 win (50/1) at Tottenham in February 2007.

That man Scholes could potentially be lining up against his Euro 2012 manager in Harry Redknapp. Redknapp, seemingly the man for the job, said of the 37 year old. "Let's be honest, you would love to have Scholes in the Euros this year," He said. "He'd be in your team, he's that good. Whoever's there would love to take him."

Before any thoughts turn to England and the European Championships, Harry must motivate his team to get back on track after last week's defeat against Arsenal. Injury wise, Redknapp will be confident of having Gareth Bale available for selection while Ledley King, Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Waler should also recover in time. Scott Parker however will be suspended for this match after his late sending off at the Emirates.

Redknapp's surprise January signing Louis Saha could face his former club for the first time in a Tottenham shirt. He played 124 games for Manchester United and scored 42 goals after signing for around £12 million from Fulham in 2004. The Frenchman has scored twice already for Spurs and can be backed at 7/1 to open the scoring.

Sir Alex Ferguson welcomes Wayne Rooney back into the fold after a throat infection but is still without Tom Cleverly and Antonio Valencia.
Rooney and Danny Welbeck were on target for the Red Devils in an early season 3-0 win against Tottenham and can be backed at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively to open the scoring. On that warm Autumn evening Rooney helped himself to a brace (6/1 to score two or more) but the performance of Welbeck could well be more scrutinized here. After suffering a frustrating 90 minutes against Holland for England, the former United trainee will be hopeful of a start so he can prove to the future England manager that he is worthy of a place in the squad in the summer.

The match betting for this game could hardly be closer. Spurs are the home side and capable of turning over any team in the Premier League but are still the slight underdogs at 9/5. The main reason for this is their awful recent record against United. Tottenham have failed to win any of their last 25 meetings with Manchester United in all competitions (W19, D6), including 21 Premier League matches and Spurs' last victory over the Red Devils was a 3-1 success in May 2001 at White Hart Lane.

United are 8/5 favourites and after their excellent recent form, including victories against Liverpool and Arsenal, so will hope to finally make the title race a two horsed affair.

The William Hill Match Winner offer for this Super Sunday encounter is based upon the recent speight of come from behind results in the Premier League. Enhanced from 16/5, the either team to come from behind and win market can be backed at 4/1.

Recommendations:

Draw/Man Utd - 5/1
Tottenham/Man Utd - 25/1

 

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