BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham will draw against Manchester United when the Premier League leaders visit White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Last time out, Lawro correctly predicted that Spurs would draw with QPR. We’ll be hoping that he gets this one wrong and we can do the double over Fergie’s men for the first time since the 1989-90 season.
He told BBC Sport Online: “I think this will be another close game and I wouldn’t mind betting that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would take a point now.
“Tottenham are fourth and playing extremely well – and they won at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
“Yes, Sandro is injured and Emmanuel Adebayor has gone to the Africa Cup of Nations but United will still have to deal with Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.
“Ferguson has got the depth in squad to counter that, though. He picked an attacking team against Liverpool last weekend but I don’t think he will do the same at White Hart Lane.
“He will tailor his team for the opposition and that might include stopping Bale by picking Antonio Valencia down United’s right. We have seen Valencia can play right-back and, if you have got a right-sided midfield player who is good going forward and defensively, then why wouldn’t you play him against Spurs?
“United will unleash Robin van Persie and there have been some classic games between these two sides but I see it being a cagey afternoon.
“I suspect Andre Villas-Boas will pack his midfield and I don’t see there being much space for either side.
“Lawro’s prediction: 1-1.”
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