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30/12/2013 11:41, Report by M Froggatt/T Oscroft
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Preview: United v Spurs

Date, time and coverage:

Wednesday 1 January, 17:30 GMT kick-off. The match will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport. You can also follow it via ManUtd.com’s rolling blog and MUTV Online’s radio commentary. 

Form guide: Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford in the midst of an impressive run of form, having recorded six consecutive victories in all competitions. The Reds hope to improve that sequence against Spurs, who have been going through a time of transition following the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas on 16 December and subsequent appointment of Tim Sherwood. Since officially taking over, the former midfielder has guided the club to a draw with West Brom and a victory over Stoke. Prior to those results, Sherwood was caretaker boss for their last away match, an encouraging 3-2 win at Southampton.

Ins and outs: Wayne Rooney will undergo a late fitness test after missing Saturday’s trip to Hull City with a groin strain, but Antonio Valencia is available after serving his one-match suspension. Rafael (groin), Phil Jones (knee), Nani (hamstring) and Robin van Persie (groin) are all likely to be absent though injury. For Tottenham, midfielder Paulinho is out with ankle ligament damage sustained in the 3-0 win over Stoke. The Brazilian's side could also be without Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Moussa Dembele, who will all undergo late fitness tests. Andros Townsend, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen are also sidelined. 

Betting: Club partners bwin have priced United as favourites for this match at odds of 1.64, with the draw at 3.60 and Tottenham at 5.50. If you’re looking for some New Year's Day value, why not back a classic 4-3 win for United at a generous price of 151.00

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