Dimitar Berbatov has had his say on who he thinks will win when two of his former sides meet at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur go into the match against Manchester United looking to keep the pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
Berbatov joined left Spurs to join United in a deal worth £30.75million in 2008 after the Bulgarian had dug his heels in to push through a move to Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson to the frustration of Daniel Levy.
However, he has pinpointed the fact that Mauricio Pochettino must try and keep their players fresh for the match due to their current physically demanding schedule, compared to United who have spent the last few days training in the Dubai sunshine.
The former striker believes that it will Tottenham who will take the three points with a 2-1 victory against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
He told Betfair: “I suppose if we take a season-long view then it’s right that Spurs are the favourites, but judging it from the last five games makes it very tough. United have played so well under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning all five games across the league and FA Cup. They have entertained us and look so confident all of a sudden. If we just go on that evidence this should be pretty much even.
“I watched Spurs on Tuesday night in their 1-0 defeat of Chelsea at Wembley. It wasn’t a classic performance by any means but sometimes that’s what you have to do and it’s the result that comes first.
“This is Chelsea don’t forget, a very good team that is always going to put pressure on you, with good players right across the pitch. They did that but Spurs were the ones who came out with a win that edges them a bit closer to a cup final. That’s what big teams do sometimes – win ugly.
“One thing we know for sure is that Spurs will field many of the same players who featured on Tuesday night. There may well be a bit of tiredness in the group and United need to use that to their advantage. If they are clever and keep the ball, speeding up the game when possible and exploiting any space then they have a chance to defeat Tottenham.
“United have spent the week in Dubai while Spurs have been playing another tough 90 minutes. Those weeks of warm weather training are great. You are with the boys, joking around, doing what you love to do and training with a smile on your face. At the same time, you’re getting ready for the next game. You are with your other family, recharging your batteries. I know they will be prepared for the game and let’s see if they can use that freshness to better Spurs.
“Both teams need to be clever – Spurs must find a way to be fresh, United have to use any fatigue the opposition shows to their advantage – and that’s why this is going to be such an interesting game to watch.
“There’s a chance that Spurs won’t feel tired of course. Big players always want to play and the adrenaline of a top fixture, especially when up against a club like United, may keep them going.”
He added: “Ultimately, I do think we’ll see goals for both sides. There’s so much attacking quality in both sides – Harry Kane, Anthony Martial, players who can score from nothing – that it’s hard to see a clean sheet for either side.
“And given they both need the three points it’s hard to see it ending as a stalemate. There could be a late goal or two as both push for the win. If pushed and I had to pick a final score I would plump for a 2-1 Spurs win.”
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