Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has predicted Sunday’s Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United to end in a draw.
While Spurs will head into the match placed seventh in the league table with 30 points from 18 matches, United are five points ahead of them in third.
Both the teams are in form at the moment, and Lawrenson believes that they will cancel each other out at White Hart Lane.
“I was at Old Trafford for United's win over Newcastle and I thought their performance in that game summed up the first half of their season so far,” the 57-year-old told BBC Sport.
“When they attacked, United were very good. Every time they came forward they looked capable of scoring. But, defensively, they were quite ordinary and vulnerable at times.
“United are going to win an awful lot of games with the attacking players they have got, including their wing-backs. On the other hand, if they have to defend for long periods in a game then they are going to find that difficult.
“I'm going for a draw here, mainly because I don't think Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will commit too many men forward - that is not is his way. This more likely to be a tight, tactical battle.”
The match between Tottenham and United is indeed hard to call, and many will go with Lawrenson’s prediction.
Spurs have won their last four matches in all competitions and are enjoying playing at home again, which means that United will be given a run for their money.
With the fans behind them, the Tottenham players will surely feel confident of getting the better of a United side who are being tipped by many to challenge for the Premier League title.
The first goal will be key in this contest. Spurs have proved than they can come from behind to win matches, but if United get an early goal, then Louis van Gaal’s side could return to Manchester with all three points.