Man Utd vs Spurs
Hojlund made a slow start to the season, no goals in his first 14 PL games and he appeared passive on the eye.
Over the last few weeks he’s grown in confidence and started to put himself about more, causing problems for opposition defenders.
Rasmus has suffered 2+ fouls in 4 of the last 5 games and this includes each of the last 3 games against Aston Villa, West Ham and Liverpool.
Spurs foul 10.90 times per game on average and this is largely due to their defensive struggles: Udogie (1.78), Emerson (1.15), Romero (0.92) and Davies (0.40) all contributed to the foul count in recent weeks.
Hojlund should have some success against what is still an uncomfortable back line arrangement.
No Spurs player has been booked more than Udogie this season. He’s picked up 7 yellows already, averaging 0.45 per 90. He’s also one of Tottenham’s top foulers, averaging 1.78 per 90.
He’ll be against Garnacho tomorrow. Nobody draws more fouls in this United team. The winger draws an average of 2.29 per 90.
Udogie made 3 fouls and picked up a booking when the two sides met earlier in the season. I think he’s a good shout to go down the same path this time around.
Sure, 11 match corners sounds like a lot, but the stats on this are incredible.
Games involving Man Utd and Tottenham average more corners than any other team in the league – 12.10 and 12.40 respectively.
One of the big reasons for this is that both concede a tonne of corners as well as win them.
For example, Tottenham concede 6.75 corners per game on average – that’s the second worst record in the league and only just behind Sheffield United. Man Utd concede 6.10 corners per game.
And of course, as you would expect from two top quality sides, they also win a fair few as well.
There has been 11+ match corners in 70% of both Tottenham’s and Man Utd’s games this season, but plenty of those fixtures will be up against far worse sides than their opponents today.
We all know how Angeball works now…
Spurs try to jam results and subsequently leave themselves open at the back. No wonder they concede 4.20 shots on target per game.
We all know the issues United have, but they’re still a quality side capable of creating lots of chances.
And as always, Vicario will find himself under pressure. He’s averaging 3.20 saves per game. And Man Utd force their opponents into 3.25 saves per game on average.
He’s made three or more saves in 13 out of 20 of his league games this season and given how tight this match will be I expect him to make another three tonight.