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Man Utd vs. Tottenham: Carling Cup Preview

Tottenham’s point at Villa Park in the Premier League on Saturday resulted in yet more profit in what is turning into a highly successful season and the London side should not be underestimated at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Spurs travel to face Manchester United in the Carling Cup in a repeat of last year’s final and it’s the tie of the last eight. The pair currently lie second and third respectively in the top flight but both possess a proud domestic cup history too and will once again have Wembley in their sights.

It’s no secret that Spurs have the top four as their main focus this campaign, United their eyes on bigger prizes, but the visitors should be near full strength in pursuit of silverware and manager Harry Redknapp will fancy his chances of causing an upset. Redknapp>

Redknapp and Sir Alex Ferguson are great friends off the pitch but while the Englishman is likely to give the majority of his stars a run-out at the Theatre of Dreams his opposite number is far from certain to so the same.

Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have all been given the night off for the champions and Danny Welbeck could once again partner Federico Mecheda in attack. Welbeck>

The young strike duo failed to make any impact whatsoever against Besiktas in the dead rubber Champions League match last week but may be given another chance to impress. Spurs will be difficult opponents however and I’m not sure anybody could punt the home side at odds-on.

I also expect the clash to be a game of few chances despite plenty of talent on display and this could be one of those occasions when the home fans fail to inspire their make-shift side. United edged past Wolves and Barnsley so far in this competition to reach the quarter-finals, both were low-scoring encounters, and Redknapp’s men are a solid unit these days.

Its’ rare for me to get involved in two markets in the same fixture but this looks an ideal opportunity to do just that. The likes of Wes Brown and Nemanja Vidic could feature for the hosts but whether the Red Devils will create enough going forward is open for debate and under 2.50 goals is also the call.

Weekend goal hero Michael Dawson is blossoming in the absence of more illustrious names at the heart of the visitors’ defence and extra-time looks on the cards in what could prove to be a fairly forgettable encounter.

*1pt Lay Manchester United @ 2.02 (Betfair)*1pt Back Under 2.50 Goals (various)’

Tom allen
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