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TOTTENHAM VS MAN UNITED

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 4:00 AM

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)

LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, ROSE,

DIER, DEMBELE,

SON, ALLI, ERIKSEN,

KANE

RASHFORD, MARTIAL, LINGARD, MATA,

SCHNEIDERLIN, CARRICK,

ROJO, BLIND, SMALLING, DARMIAN, DE GEA

UNITED (4-2-3-1)

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have much to play for. In all probability Spurs have to win their remaining eight games and hope Leicester, seven points clear at the top of the Barclays premier League, slip up. And United are a point outside the top four with seven to play in their chase for a top-four finish.

Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw at Liverpool last weekend, with Harry Kane earning a point with an equaliser, his 22nd Premier League goal of the season. Spurs have now recovered the most points from losing positions this term (19).

But Spurs have dropped points in three of their last five games, winning only twice. United, meanwhile, have won four of their last five league outings, including last Sunday's 1-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford.

Rumours persist that United could be close to sacking manager Louis van Gaal - and that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a favourite to replace him.

When these teams met at Old Trafford in August United won 1-0 with an early own goal from Spurs' Kyle Walker.

And history suggests a United double; Tottenham have entertained them 23 times in the Premier League, winning just three and losing 12. United last lost at White Hart Lane in May 2001. In the subsequent 15 years they have won eight and drawn six - including the last three and four of the last five.

Spurs miss Nabil Bentaleb and Clinton N'Jie while there are tests for Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen.

United, meanwhile, are without Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney and test Daley Blind.