Tottenham are looking to leapfrog Arsenal and possibly Aston Villa too as they take on Manchester United in the final game before the Premier League winter break. Ange Postecoglou’s men head to Old Trafford with five wins in their last six and the summit well within view.
United, on the other hand, are being dragged into the mid-table battle with Newcastle, Wolves, Chelsea, Brighton and West Ham. Ahead of a week off for all clubs, it is a key game.
For Spurs it could see their two new signings both involved. Radu Dragusin and Timo Werner have both been spotted in Manchester with their new teammates before the game and are in line to be chucked into the action. It is a much-needed boost for Postecoglou as he continues to work with a host of injured players.
James Maddison remains out alongside a set of key others. Ivan Perisic and Manor Solomon are still on the sidelines too, as is goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman. Dane Scarlett, recently called back from his loan at Ipswich, is also unavailable due to a hamstring problem.
Alejo Veliz will be out for over a month too as the squad keeps taking hits across the field. Postecoglou also had more bad news on the fitness front, ruling out Giovani Lo Celso and Ben Davies too. “From the last game, Ben Davies came off with a hamstring issue. Probably looking for a month or so for him out,” the Australian explained last week after the FA Cup third round win over Burnley.
“Gio Lo Celso similarly [to Davies’ injury] – though harder to diagnose where he’s at at the moment,” Postecoglou added. “We’ll send him for further tests on Monday to see exactly what the issue is. He’ll miss this weekend.”