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Premier League: Spurs aim to deepen United's woes

Tottenham have boosted their top-four hopes with a run of four wins in their last five Premier League games and next up is a trip to Old Trafford to take on a misfiring Manchester United.

The Red Devils has claimed just one victory from their last five league outings to slip down to eighth place in the standings, while Spurs lie in fifth - a single point behind north London rivals Arsenal in fourth.

When the two sides met in the capital earlier this season the game ended in a 2-0 victory for Spurs, who will be hoping to repeat that success in the early hours of Monday morning.

WhatManchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
WhereOld Trafford, Manchester
When03:30 (AEST), Monday 15th January
How to watchOptus Sport
OddsMan Utd 2.20, Draw 3.75, Tottenham 3.00

Festive period profitable for Spurs

Lilywhites head coach Ange Postecoglou saw his side take to the field three times in the Premier League over the Christmas period and they picked up six points from a possible nine.

Their two victories came at home to Everton and Bournemouth, while their only away game ended in a 4-2 defeat at Brighton, with the Seagulls four goals ahead before a late Spurs rally.

That was only the second defeat that Postecoglou’s side have suffered on the road in the Premier League this season, with their other reverse coming at Wolves in mid-November.

Postecoglou has brought in Radu Dragosin from Genoa and allowed Eric Dier to join Bayern Munich this week, while Ben Davies is facing several weeks out of action due to a hamstring injury.

James Maddison and Cristian Romero are among several other notable injury absentees, while Heung-Min Son, Yves Bissouma and Pape Sarr are away on international duty.

However, a major boost comes with Dejan Kulusevski being available again after serving a one-match ban, with the Swede 4.50 to score at anytime at Old Trafford and 1.61 to have over 1.5 shots in the game.

In the absence of skipper Son, recent loan signing Timo Werner comes into contention for a starting spot, with the former Chelsea forward having joined on loan for the rest of the season from RB Leipzig.

United continue to frustrate Ten Hag

While Spurs have got their season back on track after a blip a couple of months ago, their hosts have yet to find an answer to their frustrating inconsistency.

Man Utd have won just three of their last ten games in all competitions, leaving Dutch head coach Erik ten Hag still searching for the right formula to ensure that his side become contenders towards the top of the table.

He, like Postecoglou, has a number of injury problems to contend with, with Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and Viktor Lindelof definitely ruled out, while Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Christian Eriksen will all hope to feature.

Midfielder Sofyan Amrabat is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Morocco, while there remains some uncertainty about whether goalkeeper Andre Onana will be available to feature against Spurs.

Ten Hag will hope for a repeat of United’s last home league game, when they came from two goals down to win 3-2 against Aston Villa, with Rasmus Hojlund netting a late clincher to break his Premier League goalscoring duck.

The Danish striker is available at 2.30 to score at anytime against Tottenham, while a home win with both teams to score is priced at 3.40.

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