The long-awaited return of the Premier League season is finally over as all the remaining 92 matches are set to take place behind closed doors.
Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United in a titanic clash where both teams will be hoping to get into gear quickly in a chase for the Champions League spots. The Red Devils were victorious in the reverse fixture with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford last December.
Team news for Tottenham Hotspur: Attacking midfielder Dele Alli is suspended for the match as he serves a one-match suspension imposed by the Football Association for misconduct.
Team news for Manchester United: United’s frontline will be boosted with the return of 22-year -old striker Marcus Rashford after a back injury in January.
Both managers will be relishing the new set of rules as the Premier League permits five substitutions and having nine instead of seven players on the bench.
Here, we analyse four key battles for the crunch match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
1. Harry Kane vs. Harry Maguire
Spurs striker Harry Kane is fit and ready for action after a lengthy layoff and he would definitely want to add to the 11 league goals he scored this season.
However, he will need to get past United’s towering centre-back Harry Maguire who will be striving to prove his worth to the United’s supporters.
2. Son Heung-Min vs. Fred
At the centre of the park, a midfield battle between Son and Fred could well hold the key to which team will emerge victorious at the final whistle.
3. Jan Vertonghen vs Daniel James
With Jan Vertongehen likely to play on the left side of a back-three setup, he will be going up against 22-year-old Welsh winger Daniel James. It will be intriguing to see how Vertonghen will deal with James’s pace.
4. Toby Alderweireld vs. Marcus Rashford
Already scored 14 league goals this season before his injury, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will hope that Marcus Rashford will pick off where he left off continue his splendid goalscoring form.
Having coached Rashford in the past, Jose Mourinho will definitely provide some tips for centre-back Alderweireld to stop Rashford from getting in the scoresheet.