20th of April 2018 Author: Johnny Karp
The first semi-final of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London, where Manchester United will battle Tottenham for a spot in the final. The Red Devils have defeated Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League but then lost the reverse fixture 2-0 at Wembley. Overall, each of the two teams have won against the other at home on the last three occasions.
Manchester United are hoping to have a good season finale, which would mean hanging on to their second spot in the Premier League and winning the FA Cup. It wouldn't be the kind of season that the fans were dreaming of considering the amount of money that has been spend on new players, but it would still be a good consolation. In midweek the Red Devils won 2-0 at Bournemouth in the Premier League, keeping their four-point advantage over third-placed Liverpool. Backup goalie Sergio Romero is the only injury concern for manager Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham also had high hopes for this season, but they will have to settle for a top-four finish in the Premier League and maybe some more glory in the FA Cup. In midweek they were held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton, but they will still have a five-point advantage over fifth-placed Chelsea if the Blues win their game in hand. Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Kieran Trippier were all rested in midweek and they should return to the starting eleven on Saturday, but Harry Winks and Danny Rose are still out injured.
Man United: De Gea - Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young - Herrera, Matic, Pogba - Lingard, Lukaku, A. Sanchez
Tottenham: Lloris - Trippier, D. Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies - Dier, Dembele - Eriksen, Alli, Son Heung-Min - Kane
My prediction: 2-2 draw.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Man United win - 3.20
Draw - 3.29
Tottenham win - 2.25
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I think Spurs were slightly the better side in this one but maybe their outplay suits Mourinho's tactics perfectly as he usually sets his teams to play at counters against a good opponents.
Spurs naivety is famous really and they shown that one more time loosing a game they've had control on the ball and the better and the most scoring chances really.
I wonder if that team would ever win anything!?!
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