The big games just keep on coming this season and this weekend we have the Premier League’s 2nd and 3rd placed sides going head to head at the Lane. Traditionally this fixture favours United and Spurs will be desperate to finally end their United jinx (more below in the match facts & stats), even more so after being gunned down, 5-2, by their bitter rivals.
Spurs Vs Man Utd : Head to Head
• This will be the 150th league meeting between these clubs. Tottenham have won 35, Manchester United 75 and 39 draws.
• Manchester United are looking to complete the PL double over Tottenham for the ninth time and first since 2009-10.
• Manchester United are one short of scoring their 100th league goal at Tottenham.
• Tottenham have failed to score in their last three PL matches against Manchester United. It is 290 minutes (four hours and 50 minutes) of PL football since they last scored against them – Ledley King in their 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford in April 2010.
• Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 21 PL matches against Tottenham stretching back 11 years – since a 3-1 away defeat in May 2001 when Willem Korsten (2) and Les Ferdinand scored the Spurs goals. Paul Scholes scored for United.
• Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 10 PL visits to White Hart Lane, but have drawn three of the last four (two of them 0-0).
For Spurs Stats & Facts visit the next page.
Spurs Stats & Facts
As you can see from the stats below there have been an unprecedented amount of goals in the games among the current top four clubs this season. A total of 45 goals in ten games. It’ll be treat for all Premier League fans if this trend continues in this game.
• This is the 10th PL meeting between the current top four clubs in the division this season. There have been 45 goals scored in the previous nine meetings – an average of five per match. In total only two clean sheets were kept by any clubs in these meetings.
• The club have won only one of six PL matches against fellow top five clubs this season, picking up four points in total – fewer than any other club. Their only victory was 2-1 at home to Arsenal.
• Harry Redknapp has failed to win in his last 10 PL matches against Sir Alex Ferguson. His only win in the last 14 was Portsmouth’s 2-1 home victory in April 2007. In total he has won three of 31 PL meetings with Ferguson (20 defeats).
• Looking to avoid back-to-back PL defeats for the second time this season, after losing to both Manchester clubs in August.
• Unbeaten in their last 12 PL home matches. Their last defeat came to a Manchester club – 5-1 to Manchester City on August 28.
• Scored in each of their last 18 PL home matches, since a 0-0 draw with West Ham on March 19, 2011.
• Picked up 32 PL home points – a better home record than today’s opponents. The only club with more is Manchester City (39).
• Louis Saha has scored three goals in his last two PL matches. He scored 28 goals in 86 PL matches for Manchester United from 2004 to 2008. He has scored twice in eight career PL matches against Manchester United, but none in the four PL matches against them since he left Old Trafford.
• Unbeaten in all six PL home matches with Martin Atkinson as referee (4 wins).
Man Utd Match Stats & Facts
Ryan Giggs has been the star of the show in the last five Premier League games with four assists and one goal and Alex Ferguson will be looking at his evergreen stars to pile more misery on a Spurs side that may be shell-shocked after last weeks defeat. There couldn’t be a better time to play Spurs this season with the sails down. They won’t be relishing this match.
• The club have won four of six PL matches against fellow top five clubs this season, picking up 13 points in total – more than any other club (one more than Manchester City who have played a match fewer).
• This week Paul Scholes said that the club might have to win all remaining 12 PL matches this season to win the title. Only once in top flight history has any club won their last 12. In 2001-02, Arsenal won each of their last 13 PL matches to go from four points behind leaders Newcastle United to winning the league by seven points.
• Unbeaten in all four PL visits to London this season (3 wins) scoring 12 goals. Their only defeat in the last six was 1-0 at Arsenal in May 2011. They have failed to score once in their last seven PL matches in the capital.
• The club have the best away record in the PL this season, with 30 points. Conceded 11 away goals in the PL this season, less than any other team.
• Won 19 and drawn two of the 21 PL matches when they have opened the scoring this season – a better record than any other club.
• One of two PL clubs yet to win after conceding the opening goal this season (two draws, three defeats). The other is Newcastle.
• Wayne Rooney has scored nine PL goals against London clubs this season – more than any other player. If he scores today he will become the eighth player in PL history to reach double figures against clubs from the capital in a single season and the first since Ruud van Nistelrooy (11) and James Beattie (10) in 2002-03.
• Ryan Giggs has four assists and one goal in his last five PL matches. He has a total of 25 PL assists in the last three seasons – only team-mate Nani (29) has more in the division since the start of the 2009-10 season.
• Rio Ferdinand is set to make his 450th English league appearance.
• Lost their last PL visit to London with Martin Atkinson as referee – 2-1 at Chelsea in March 2011 when he sent off Nemanja Vidic.
Thanks to @InfoStradaLive for the match facts and statistics.