Manchester United v Spurs: Tough Sunday Trip to Old Trafford

manchester unitedIt’s been a positive week overall despite a disappointing start with last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle. Victory over Chelsea is always sweet no matter what the competition might be or how we get there. Finally, an emphatic 7-2 victory over Maccabi Haifa puts us through to the group stages of the Europa League.

With new signings arriving, there is some sudden positivity at the club but we should be looking to carry over that momentum and lift our league form. Next up in that respect is Sunday’s away trip to Old Trafford where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United provide the opposition ahead of the international break.

Team News

A belated update on the progress of Son Heung-Min shows that the South Korean will not be available until that international break is over and he’ll be sitting this one out. Elsewhere, while some sportsbooks are offering individual goalscorer options for Gareth Bale, the winger has only just returned to training and he looks unlikely to participate.

Once again, we’re writing this during a quick turnaround for the club and there is no confirmed team news following Thursday’s game. Jose will clearly make a number of changes from that particular line up but, as far as we know, there are no new injuries to add.

Match Odds

United are the favourites to take the win with odds on options right across our recommended bookmakers. The best industry odds for the home win currently stand at 19/20 with Unibet while those favouring the draw can claim a top price of 11/4 with BetFred. Completing the result market is a victory for Tottenham which is quoted at 58/19 with SportNation and RedZone.

Spurs fans should be hopeful of claiming at least a point against a Manchester United team who have started 2020/21 with mixed form. We’ve also enjoyed more success here after a long barren run at Old Trafford but we’ll need to improve on our overall league form if we are to get anything from Sunday’s encounter.

Side Bets

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Harry Kane

This is one of those rare games where Harry Kane drops down the list of favourites as Manchester United head the first goalscorer market. Marcus Rashford leads the way here at best industry odds of 21/4 with 888Sport and Unibet. Kane is in fourth place with some bookies while, elsewhere, he’s a joint second favourite at 11/2 with Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes. Harry is available at that top price of 11/2 with 888Sport while Dele Alli is our next representative at 8/1 with VBet.

Other, longer priced options in a Spurs shirt include Steven Bergwijn at 10/1 with GentingBet, Lucas Moura at 11/1 with Unibet, Erik Lamela at 16/1 with 888Sport and Giovani Lo Celso at 18/1 with Unibet.

Our usual list of side markets continues with Both Teams to Score which is quoted for Sunday at 8/11 with GentingBet. While BTTS is predictably short, it’s usually a likely bet whenever these two sides meet.

Moving on to total goals betting and we have the modest option to go Over the 2.5 line which is available at 4/5 with Novibet and SportPesa. The trend in recent head to heads has seen some lower scoring affairs but it could be time to push higher and go Over 3.5 goals for odds of 21/10 with SportNation and RedZone.

In the Correct Score betting, eternal optimists may want to look at a 2-2 final scoreline which is quoted for this match at 14/1 with GentingBet. Alternatively, if you’re not expecting a great deal from the game, a 2-1 home win is quoted at 15/2 with BetFred and Betway.

Last Season

The corresponding game last season ended in a 2-1 win for Manchester United and it marked the first defeat for Jose Mourinho as our new head coach. Marcus Rashford scored twice for the home team, either side of Dele Alli’s 39th minute equaliser.

The reverse fixture was our first game back after the enforced break and it ended in a 1-1 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Steven Bergwijn was our man on target but we were held in the least surprising of ways through an 81st minute Bruno Fernandes penalty.

That wasn’t the greatest of returns but our record at Old Trafford has improved and our most recent victory over the Red Devils came at the start of the 2018/19 campaign when a Lucas Moura brace helped us to a 3-0 win.

Verdict

tottenhamThis is certainly a game where we should be more than hopeful of bringing back at least a point. Our own league form is perfectly symmetrical with one win, one defeat and one draw in our opening three matches while Manchester United’s home defeat to Crystal Palace clearly shows that they can be vulnerable.

United may believe that they have improved since that loss but we are in good overall shape and the Red Devils have yet to play a top six side so far this season.

As always, we’ll avoid jinxing the result by attempting to tip it so we’ll focus instead on the side markets. We’ve had some success in the anytime scorer markets this week with both our picks – Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura – finding the target. We’re tempted by Lucas again who looks to be a confidence player and tends to stay in scoring form once he’s found his touch.

The Stats suggest that both teams to score should drop in on Sunday and we have conceded in every game so far this season. Elsewhere, while recent games between the two teams haven’t exactly produced goal feasts, we are looking for the Over 3.5 goal bet to fall in what may be a high scoring draw.

While we always hope for more, a share of the points would be a good result from this game and it would round off what has been a generally positive period for Tottenham Hotspur.

Best Bets

  • Lucas Moura to score at any time in 90 minutes at 4/1 with Unibet
  • Both Teams to Score at 8/11 with GentingBet
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 21/10 with SportNation

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