This is arguably the defining day of the Premier League season, the gap from Leicester to Tottenham could be as many as 10 points by the time this game kicks off. If the gap is not lowered to 7 by 6:00pm then you have to say this is a title race that Tottenham aren’t going to win.
That said even if the gap is cut back down to 7 points then it’s going to take one hell of a collapse with 5 games to go for the title to be wrestled from their apparent grasp of Leicester. The only way this race stays alive is if Leicester lose their game at Sunderland and Tottenham go on to beat a Manchester United side who are looking to snatch that final Champions League place.
In regards to the Champions League places Tottenham could very well all but secure their entry into next season’s competition with a win at White Hart Lane this Afternoon but this is a United side who seems to be in wave of resurgence so it’s not going to be an easy game for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
These two sides met on the opening day of the season at Old Trafford with United grabbing all 3 points thanks to a Kyle Walker Own Goal. United may have won the battle that Lunchtime but they haven’t won the war in terms of competing for the title this season
After clinching a Manchester Derby win before the break United continued that momentum with a home win over Everton last Sunday. In fairness it wasn’t the most memorable of games but the most important thing for Louis Van Gaal’s side is that they kept the pressure up on their cross city rivals in the race for 4th place.
As for Tottenham, last Saturday saw them held to a draw away at Liverpool in what arguably could be the point when the sense of realisation kicks in for many fans that Leicester are going all the way. Harry Kane’s excellent equaliser cancelling out Philippe Coutunho’s opener to give Spurs a share of the points but in all fairness Tottenham will considering it two points dropped.
Looking at the course of the game a Draw was probably a fair result with both goalkeepers made to earn their money. Hugo Lloris was arguably the busier of the two but both sides pushed on to grab a winner with neither team succeeding.
So it’s Spurs trying to stay in the title race and United trying to get in Top 4, something has to give Today with a draw probably being the worst result for both sides. I’ll make Spurs the slight favourites due to nothing more than club bias. They simply have to win and even if they do it might not be enough. I’ll hope for a home win.