spurs key to the title

LONDON - Manchester United protect a nine-year unbeaten streak tomorrow against a Tottenham team aiming to influence the outcome of the Premier League title race still further.

LONDON - Manchester United protect a nine-year unbeaten streak tomorrow against a Tottenham team aiming to influence the outcome of the Premier League title race still further.

United have been relatively untroubled by Spurs since 2001, twice scoring five goals and twice scoring four, but the north London club is arguably the league's form team after beating leaders Chelsea and third-placed Arsenal last week.

Tottenham are chasing a first-ever appearance in the Champions League and a third straight win over title contenders could let Chelsea stretch their lead to four points when they host Stoke on Sunday - albeit without suspended captain John Terry.

Spurs might normally be expected to ease off after beating their two biggest rivals within four days, but they need victory to make sure they stay ahead of Manchester City in the contest for fourth place.

"We have to keep concentrating until the end of the season because it's not finished," Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul said.

City's 1-0 loss to United coupled with Tottenham's 2-1 win over Chelsea trimmed the Blues' lead to a single point and lifted Spurs above City.

Arsenal are six points behind Chelsea and effectively out of contention for the title but could do Tottenham a huge favour if they beat City tomorrow.

Chelsea can end United's three-year stint as champions if they win their three remaining games.

Liverpool are at Burnley, Fulham are at Everton and Birmingham are at Aston Villa in other Sunday's matches.

Tomorrow's other games will see Bolton engaging Portsmouth, Hull entertaining Sunderland, West Ham facing Wigan and Wolves meeting Blackburn. - Sapa-AP

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