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Tottenham vs. Manchester United: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on September 17, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

Two clubs in need of a positive result will face off as Manchester United take on Tottenham.

Heading into the season, most would have expected these two squads to be among the top four and competing for an English Premier League championship. Unfortunately, neither is currently in position for a European tournament for next season.

The good news is that all could change with one victory, as they each sit within striking distance of the top clubs in the table. However, Spurs have struggled to score all season, while United have been incredibly inconsistent.

Anything can happen when these talented squads get together, so take a look at this guide to make sure you catch all of the action.

 

When: Sunday, Dec. 1, at 7 a.m. ET; 12 p.m. GMT

Where: White Hart Lane, London

Watch: NBC Sports Network

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

Odds (via Sky Bet): Manchester United (13-8), Tottenham (13-3), Draw (23-10)

 

Top Storyline: Can Andre Villas-Boas Turn Things Around to Save His Job?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Andre Villas-Boas the manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo b
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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas seems to have lost control of the squad, and he could be on his way out if things do not significantly improve, according to Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail.

Spurs started the year off great thanks to an elite defense that kept opponents off the scoresheet. However, that effort was nowhere to be seen in the last EPL match against Manchester City, when they lost 6-0.

While the club did fare better in a Europa League win over Tromso, this upcoming battle will be much more important. If Villas-Boas cannot at least earn a point at home against Manchester United, the fans will really start to turn on him.

Considering the offense has been one of the worst in the Premier League this season, the manager will have to change a lot in order to be successful.

 

Prediction: Manchester United 1, Tottenham 0

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates with his team-mates after Inigo Martinez of Real Sociedad scored an own goal to make the score 1-0 during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and
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Tottenham have not scored in their last three league matches, and they were far from an offensive power before that point. Only Sunderland and Crystal Palace have scored fewer goals in the EPL this season.

Even with Manchester United being inconsistent defensively, the back line is strong enough to prevent Spurs from getting any legitimate scoring opportunities in the match. 

Of course, the road team will also be hoping for some positive injury information. Nick Lustig of the Daily Star reports that Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic could be available after they both missed the previous Champions League match.

However, the 5-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen proved that United can win without these stars. If van Persie is unable to play, look for Wayne Rooney to continue his solid play to either score or create a goal. Antonio Valencia, Nani and others could also be threats around the net.

Either way, Manchester United should find a way to score with plenty of scoring chances, while Tottenham will be stuck with a zero next to their name all match.

 

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