An emotional physical issue time punishment gave Manchester United their first success of the Premier League (PL) crusade, making it their 6th alliance game from the past eight to have included a punishment (for/against). They have now scored in 15 straight PL matches, yet stay without a perfect sheet in the two games this season – and haven’t gone three PL games without a spotless sheet since a run of 14 that finished on Boxing Day 2019.
Joined lost their initial home installation, yet haven’t gone winless in their initial two PL home games since 1996/97 (D2), or lost both since 1986/87. Worryingly, however, United are winless in their last three PL home matches (D2, L1), each time surrendering the opener.
Insane planning implies Tottenham Hotspur will play their third game in seven days here, however, they show up unbeaten in six serious matches (W5, D1) – including a success through punishments, and limiting a walkover. Furthermore, Spurs are undefeated in eight of their last nine association matches (W5, D3, L1), scoring first in five.
Notwithstanding, Tottenham have kept only two clean sheets over their last 27 PL away games – both against now-consigned groups from 2019/20. Besides, José Mourinho is looking for his first away success in quite a while against groups he recently oversaw (D2, L4). An outcome whichever way coaxes, however, as none of the last 14 PL H2Hs held here have finished level.
Players to watch: United’s David de Gea has spared only two of the 29 PL punishments he’s confronted, the second-most reduced sparing rate among goalkeepers to have confronted 25+ punishments.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane has five PL helps his second-best return in a PL crusade behind seven out of 2016/17, and the joint-most after the initial three matchdays.
Hot detail: Since the beginning of last season, United’s PL games have created 20 punishments, the most by any group (15 for and five against).