Tears. Tantrums. Tragedy. Thrills. Talent. Triumphs. White Hart Lane has seen it all down the years, and it's a fitting tribute to one of London's iconic sporting venues that the last match to be played at The Lane is Manchester United, a blockbuster fixture to bring the curtain down on 118 years of sporting drama at White Hart Lane.
The actual game itself seems to be something of a side event as one half of North London prepares to kiss goodbye to the past and embrace a shiny new future. However, before the bulldozers arrive on Monday, there's money to be made. Our man puts the emotion to one side as he picks through the sentiment and suggests a couple of tips that could even help present day Tottenham fans afford a season ticket at the new ground.
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
Echoes of Glory
Long after the last verse has dissipated in the night air. Long ater the last seat has been ripped from the stands and the last clump of turf plucked from the pitch, memories of White Hart Lane will echo in the minds of anyone who has been there. Nicholson. Greaves. Perryman. Hoddle. Blanchflower. Villa. Mackay. White. Gilzean. Lineker. Mullery. Legends of the game, to a man. However, it's the here and now that we're interested in and the current crop of Lillywhites, led by charismatic manager Mauricio Pochettino will hope to sign-off the latest chapter in Spurs' history with a win. Not only to keep the title chase alive, thnat dream ended on Friday when Chelsea secured the title at The Hawthorns, but also to ensure that they remain unbeaten at home this season.
Standing in their way, of course, is Manchester United. A team who went unbeaten in 24 games themselves this season. A team led by the cagey Jose Mourinho. A team which, despite not fully hitting their stride, has proved to be extremely hard to beat. A team with aspirations of glory themselves, an Europa Leaue final to contest, with United fans everywhere hoping Jose can add to the Community Shield and League cup already won this term.
So, what can we expect? A feast of attacking football, with goals galore, in this the last-ever game at WHL? Perhaps. Unlikely though, given the fact that Jose's United are more defensively-minded than the teams that have graced English football before him. With one-eye on the Europa Final he's likely to rest players as well. United were painful to watch in that semi-final against Celta and he'll demand some sort of response. Expect to see David De Gea, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial return to the first team. Fellaini remains ban after his dismissal following a head-butting incident.
As for Spurs, traditionally the bridesmaids in this fixture, it will be interesting to see if Pochettino can raise his young charges' spirits after the title destination was confirmed. Last year saw a mini-meltdown when Spurs realised the hunt was over, but there is a feeling that this team is evolving and maturing and the sheer occasion a The Lane should see the class of 2017 emulate the 1960's legends and remain unbeaten at home. Pochettino is likely to call upon Mousa Dembele to add guile in midfield, whilst unsettled England International Kyle Walker shouldn't be too surprised to be benched, given his poor display against West Ham and the manager's increased confidence in understudy Keiron Trippier.
What we sayin'?
Despite everything, this is a hard one to call. Players are humans and United would love to put an end to Spurs' unbeaten run. Spurs, with nothing to play for save pride, could be forgiven for dreaming of iced martinis after a hard season of what ifs and nearly was.
That said, the atmosphere will be electric, and that should push Spurs over the line. They have simply been too good at home this term, blowing teams away. We'll take:
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