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01/03/2012 15:16 , Adam Marshall
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Spurs v United preview

United face one of the season's toughest tests in North London...

Date, time, and coverage
Sunday 4 March 2012, 16:10 GMT kick-off. Live on Sky Sports, also follow live on ManUtd.com with text and radio commentary.

Form guide
United left it late last weekend but the 2-1 win at Norwich closed the gap on leaders Manchester City back to two points. The champions are unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League since the first game of the year at Newcastle and took four points from the tough capital assignments at Chelsea and Arsenal. Spurs were unlucky to lose in the last minute at Manchester City in January but went on a five-game unbeaten run during which they only conceded one goal. However, the roof caved in at the Emirates Stadium last time out as an impressive two-goal lead turned into a shock 5-2 thumping.

Ins and outs
Scott Parker's suspension is a blow to Spurs after England's latest captain was sent off in the North London derby. Full-back Kyle Walker went off injured in that game and missed the international with Holland while the likes of Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale also failed to appear for their countries. United also have fresh injury problems with Chris Smalling picking up a sickening gash to his head against Holland while Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney withdrew from Stuart Pearce's squad. Antonio Valencia has a chance of returning.

Last meeting
Sir Alex's side welcomed Spurs to Old Trafford in the season opener on a Monday night in August and the Reds took full advantage against an under-strength side lacking the likes of Luka Modric and Ledley King. Danny Welbeck broke the deadlock by heading in a Tom Cleverley cross and the striker helped tee up the second for Anderson.

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