Premier League football returns to London on Friday night as Tottenham host Manchester United and it promises to be a cracker.
Jose Mourinho takes on his successor at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for the second time this season, hoping for revenge for a defeat in the reverse fixture.
Both sides are battling for the final spot in the top four as they seek to qualify for next season’s Champions League but it’s the Red Devils who have the advantage and they could even take fourth spot this weekend with a win.
Spurs, however, sit eighth and seven points behind Chelsea, who are currently in possession of the hallowed league placing.
The two teams will, though, both need to adapt quickly in the match given the period both sides have had out of action due to the coronavirus pandemic, with some players looking rusty in the two opening fixtures on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the experience of playing a Premier League fixture behind closed door will also take some getting used to.
But how will both sides line up?
Totttenham team news
For the hosts there is both good and bad news, despite the lengthy absence.
Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, and Moussa Sissoko are all confirmed starters for Spurs, which means Steven Bergwijn may be on the bench.
Giovani Lo Celso is set to be assessed in the morning after lockdown prevented him getting treatment on a long standing issue but Japhet Tanganga is out through a back problem, while Dele Alli is suspended.
Erik Lamela could well start after goals in friendly matches, while Tanguy Ndombele may pick up a more advanced role, placing less burden on his fitness, although he has cut a leaner figure in training.
Jan Vertonghen may not start due to his current contract being up at the end of the month.
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Manchester United team news
For United, it’s a different story with Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba back and ready to play, although the latter may only make the bench.
Solskjaer found real balance in his midfield following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes and the pairing of Nemanja Matic and Fred, it may be unwise to split this up in such a big game.
The Norwegian manager’s only major injury issues are Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones who are both out of action.
Given it’s success before the season’s suspension, he is also likely to continue with a 3-4-1-2 formation meaning another run out for youngster Brandon Williams.
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source; BBC Sports