first leg match at home on Thursday, are looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing 4-0 to Chelsea last Saturday.
Manager Tim Sherwood strongly criticised his players for showing a lack of commitment after they had defender Younes Kaboul sent off and conceded all four goals in the last 30 minutes at Stamford Bridge.
Kaboul's red card was rescinded by the FA so he can play on Sunday and there will be no doubting Spurs' commitment against Arsenal who will be playing their 999th match under manager Arsene Wenger.
Manchester United F.C. and Liverpool F.C. get Sunday's action rolling with a lunchtime kickoff at Old Trafford with United F.C. showing signs of improvement after what has been a difficult first season for manager David Moyes.
Manchester United F.C., who have not finished outside the top three for 23 seasons, have not been in the top five since mid-November but they have kept clean sheets with two wins and draw in their last three league matches and could close the gap on Spurs to two points if they win and Spurs slip up.
"To see Man City doing well, and particularly Liverpool F.C., is really difficult," United striker Wayne Rooney told Inside United magazine.
"It's not nice when we know we are capable of being up there challenging and we haven't been doing that this season.
"However, it means we have to step up and get back up there because the feeling we've had this season is not a nice feeling at all to have. As a group of players and a team we haven't been good enough this season and we have to put that right."
Liverpool F.C. beat United 1-0 at Anfield in the League on Sept. 1 and lost 1-0 to them at Old Trafford in the League Cup three weeks later.
They are 11 points ahead of United and are on course to finish higher than them for the first time since 2002.
Brendan Rodgers' side have been playing outstanding attacking football all season which has carried them to second place and, for once, they will start as slight favourites against their arch-rivals.
"It's always a massive game but the difference this time is that Liverpool F.C. must be favourites. I can't remember the last time a Liverpool F.C. team went to Old Trafford in that position," former striker Robbie Fowler told the Liverpool Echo.
"On paper it's a game Liverpool F.C. should win. They're in great