Friday, 12 December 2008

Tottenham v Man United Premier League Preview: To Boo Or Not To Boo? As Berbatov Returns To Spurs


Tottenham Hotspur play, Manchester United in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp’s Spurs side will go into the clash with the Premiership Champions full of confidence, having won five of their eight Premier League matches since Redknapp arrived at White Hart Lane from Portsmouth. Despite this good run Tottenham still find, themselves just three points off the drop zone. In what has become a very tight and congested bottom half of the table. The return of Luka Modric last week against West Ham United saw the North London club get back to winning ways after losing to Everton the week before.

Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will have been relieved to, have scraped a 1-0 injury time win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last week, which kept the Red Devils in touch at the top of the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool. The big talking point of the day, will be the return of Bulgarian International Dimitar Berbatov to his former club Spurs and the reaction the striker will get from the fans after leaving White Hart Lane in acrimonious circumstances in the summer.

Tottenham are unable to call on long-term injury Alan Hutton (metatarsal) and Giovanni (ankle) for the visit of United, with Redknapp likely to play either Roman Pavlychenko or Darren Bent in a lone strikers role against the European Champions.

Ferguson will be without Owen Hargreaves (knee) and Wes Brown (ankle) for the trip to White Hart Lane, while former Tottenham players Berbatov and Michael Carrick are to have late fitness tests along with England International Rio Ferdinand, who is also a doubt with a back problem. Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to feature after being rested in midweek, but Patrice Evra and Wayne Rooney are both suspended.

"Berbatov and Carrick are the main worries," Ferguson told MUTV.

"I'm sure Ronaldo will be okay. His hip is still a bit tender, but hopefully he'll be back."

Tottenham Hotspur: (from) Gomes, Bale, King, Woodgate, Corluka, Zokora, Huddlestone, Jenas, Lennon, Bentley, Bent, Modric, Pavlyuchenko, Cesar, Assou-Ekotto, Gunter, O’Hara, Stalteri, Campbell, Ghaly, Rocha, Boateng, Gilberto, Taarabt, Alnwick, Dawson

Manchester United: (from) Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Ronaldo, Anderson, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Vidic, Carrick, Nani, Scholes, Welbeck, Fabio, Rafael, O’Shea, Evans, Fletcher, Manucho, Gibson, Kuszczak, Tevez, Possebon, Gray, Foster

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