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Jon Riley 15th Jan 2011 - 19:02

Rafael to shine again at White Vaart Lane

Tottenham v Man Utd | Sunday 16:00 | Sky Sports 1

On a Sunday that contains three Premier League derby games, it could be the clash at White Hart Lane that proves to be the most entertaining. Tottenham Hotspur entertain Manchester United in North London looking to prove themselves as genuine title contenders.

Redknapp's side broke the traditional monopoly at the top of the Premier League last May when they ousted Liverpool from the elite placings and gained entry to the Champions League for the first time.

Harry Redknapp and Rafael Van der Vaart have both come out and said that if any team is to go on and win the Premier League this season, why can't it be Spurs? Sunday's match up gives them the perfect yard stick in which to measure their progression as a team.

Unbeaten in the league this season, Sir Alex Ferguson knows that this game is his team's toughest of 2011 so far. That said, the Red Devils travel to the Lane with a fantastic record against the hosts. United have lost just three of 37 Premier League clashes with Tottenham.

Man Utd have won the Premier League five times since they last lost to Spurs in any competition. The Londoners' last victory over Man United was a 3-1 success in May 2001 at White Hart Lane. They have failed to win any of the subsequent 19 league matches, two FA Cup matches and two League Cup matches.

That gulf in class is shortening though as Tottenham are now gracing the Champions League, beating Europe's elite and hopefully in contention for the Premier League title come May.

Match Betting

Spurs can be backed at 19/10 to be the first team to beat United in the league this season while the visiting Red Devils are priced at 13/8.

First Scorer

Tottenham's magic midfielders Rafael Van der Vaart (13/2 first scorer, 15/8 anytime) and Gareth Bale (10/1 first scorer, 7/2 anytime) have been great all season, contributing nine and seven league goals each. Bale has stood out as possibly the best player of the first half of the season while Van der Vaart's £8 million pound fee is looking like being the best bit of business of the century!

Jermaine Defoe (6/1 first scorer, 7/4 anytime) and Peter Crouch (8/1 first scorer, 11/4 anytime) will be battling it out for that lone striker role with Van der Vaart operating just off.

Former Spurs man Dimitar Berbatov (5/1 first scorer, 5/4 anytime) has scored eight goals in his last five Premier League matches and has been United's main man while Rooney (5/1 first scorer, 5/4 anytime) has suffered from injury and a lack of form. Rooney has been suffering from an ankle knock he picked up against West Brom and could be deployed on the left of a five man midfield leaving Berbatov upfront alone.


Tottenham 2-1 at 9/1
Over 2.5 goals at 10/11



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