Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: Aiming to take Momentum from Everton Thrashing

manchester unitedThe last few weeks have been strange to say the least: Even as Spurs fans we’ve been scratching our heads at some of the weaker displays while venting our frustrations as the last hope of silverware dissipated.

In between times there have been some emphatic performances: OK so Leeds United and Everton are both in freefall at the moment but we looked dangerous with every forward move and the scorelines could have been even more emphatic than they were.

New signings Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski have played a big part in those wins and let’s not forget our 3-2 away win at leaders Manchester City. Before we get carried along on a sudden wave of optimism, let’s look ahead to Saturday’s evening kick off at Old Trafford. Can we carry over our league form from the last two games or will the Red Devils bring Tottenham back down to earth?

Team News

Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga are unavailable for selection once again. In both cases, there is still no date set for their possible return. Against Everton on Monday night, Ryan Sessegnon left the field early and he is listed as a major doubt.

There are no suspensions and no other reported concerns at the moment but you can always check the club’s official channels for any updates.

Match Odds

This is a market that would tempt the neutrals as it has odds against numbers on all three possible outcomes. Manchester United start as the favourites and can be backed at a top price of 23/20 with BetFred and 10Bet. Victory for Spurs is next up at best odds of 5/2 with Unibet and Betway while the draw completes this section at 13/5 with Betway again.

The form guide can’t split the two teams across their last six games. Both Manchester United and Tottenham have picked up nine points in that time and that suggests a tight contest. Spurs have slightly better momentum with those two straight leagues wins but I guess the problem is our inconsistency.

Yes we’ve won two on the bounce but you can’t ignore that abject FA Cup defeat that split those league victories. Anything could happen in the following 90 minutes.

Side Markets

Harry Kane was on the mark with two goals in Monday night’s win but he will start this game as second favourite to open the scoring, Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way in the first goalscorer market at best odds of 47/10 with VBet while Harry is next at a top price of 53/10 with VBet again.

Edinson Cavani is next at a best of 11/2 with Unibet while Bruno Fernandes is listed at 23/4 with Unibet once again. If we focus on Tottenham players, other options include Son Heung-Min at 13/2 with Unibet, Dejan Kulusevski at 10/1 with QuinnBet, plus Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura who are both available at 23/2 with Unibet.

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Harry Kane

Elsewhere, Both Teams to Score is predictably short for Saturday’s encounter with a number of bookies, including Ladbrokes and Coral, going 4/7 on BTTS. If you want to take the alternative of Both Teams Not to Score, this is quoted at 13/10 with SportNation and MansionBet.

In the Total Goals section, a stake Over the 2.5 line will return best odds of 10/13 with MansionBet. A push to Over 3.5 goals is on offer at a top price of 19/10 with SportNation but, if you’re expecting a low scorer and want to go Under the 2.5 line, 10Bet are quoting 12/11.

Our regular round up ends with some Correct Score suggestions and, if you’re looking at a high scoring draw, a 2-2 outcome could be the way to go at 12/1 with 888Sport. The optimists in the camp can consider a 2-1 win for Spurs at 11/1 with QuinnBet while the same scoreline in favour of the home side is available at 8/1 with BetFred.

Last Season

We’ve been waiting to mention this one for some time. Back on the 4th of October in the early weeks of the 2020/21 season, Spurs returned from Old Trafford with a stunning 6-1 victory. All of this happened after the home side had taken the lead through a Bruno Fernandes penalty and, while we were aided by Anthony Martial’s sending off, this was the performance of the season.

Tanguy Ndombele restored parity on four minutes while Son Heung-Min put Tottenham ahead three minutes later. Further goals from Harry Kane and Sonny saw us go into the break with a 4-1 advantage.

Second half goals from Harry and Serge Aurier put the gloss on the performance and the margin of victory could have been even wider. We’ll take any kind of away win on Saturday and, while another 6-1 seems unlikely from either team, there should be some goals in this one.

Verdict

tottenhamIf I was a neutral supporter I wouldn’t want to predict this game. Inconsistent results in both camps makes it too tough to call. There is that form guide that shows both teams on nine points from six games and it should be tight if both Spurs and United play to their best.

We’ll avoid the result as we usually do: Partly because of that inconsistency but also because we have an irrational fear that it jinxes the team. Instead, we’ll focus on team and individual goals.

Against Everton, we backed Son Heung-Min to open the scoring. He didn’t quite come through but he did add a second, via an assist from Jordan Pickford. We’ll stay with Sonny again and look for an anytime goal which looks quite generous at 43/20 with Unibet.

Both Teams to Score looks to be one of the more likely outcomes of Saturday’s game. Two attacking teams with suspect defences go head to head and it would be a surprise if either draws a blank. BTTS is listed at a short price so you could either replace it with or add in Over 3.5 goals.

It should be an entertaining evening for the neutral and, while it may be an uncomfortable one for us, we’re hopeful that the new signings have settled and that Spurs have turned a corner.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at 4/7 with Coral
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 19/10 with SportNation
  • Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes at 43/20 with Unibet

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