Spurs v Manchester United: Project Restart Gets Underway

tottenham hotspurLet’s face it, while it’s good to get football back on the schedules, there are more than a few Spurs fans who would have been happy enough to see the season scrapped. Poor runs of results, long term injuries to key players and the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino had made 2019/20 a miserable campaign at times.

But we must be positive and, as the club prepares to host Manchester United on Friday night, a top four finish remains a possibility. It will be tough and the team needs to go on a winning run so can Spurs mark the Premier League’s return with three points?

Team News

The one blot on an otherwise positive set of team news sees Dele Alli sitting this game out. A one-match ban for an ill judged video means that the midfielder will be available for selection next week, when we host West Ham United on Tuesday.

Otherwise, we would appear to have a clean bill of health so the long-term injuries suffered at the start of the New Year have cleared up. Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn will all be pushing for places and it will be fascinating to see how Jose lines us up when the squad is close to full strength.

Match Odds

Those who want to take a punt on the game will find some good value prices in the markets. Manchester United start as favourites for the win and you can pick up the away side at best industry odds of 23/15 with VBet. Victory for Tottenham is available on the BETDAQ sportsbook at a top price of 2/1 while the draw rounds things off at a best of 5/2 with SportingBet.

The form guide couldn’t be more contrasting with United having won four and drawn one of their last five matches. Spurs, on the other hand, haven’t won in that same, five-game period and we have picked up just one league draw in that time.

However, with players returning from injury and the long break between those matches, can we really consider the form book? It might take a brave man to bet on the result of any of the Premier League fixtures this week but we could certainly take a look at some of the side bets for Friday night.

Side Bets

Son Heung-Min

Son Heung-Min

The return of some key players has led to a tight first goalscorer market but it’s Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford who starts as favourite to find the net first. Rashford is quoted at best odds of 23/5 with Unibet and 888Sport while the same two bookmakers have Harry Kane just behind at the top industry price of 24/5.

Son Heung-Min will attract some interest at his figure of 6/1 with BetFred while United’s loan signing Odion Ighalo is also available at those best odds of 6/1 – this time with 888Sport and Unibet.

A couple of long shots from within the Spurs’ ranks might include Steven Bergwijn at a top price of 10/1 with GentingBet while Erik Lamela can be claimed at best odds of 12/1 with SportingBet.

In other, common side bets, Both Teams to Score can be picked up at 5/7 with SportNation. Tottenham have, at least, scored in four of those last five games and with Kane and Sonny back, we should be able to deliver on that figure.

Our feeling, however, is that this could be a low scoring evening and that Under 2.5 goals may be a logical outcome. A cagey return to football is a likely scenario at the new White Hart Lane and this price to go Under the 2.5 line comes in at a best of 39/40 with Vbet. Punters could go over that mark but we can only find odds on figures with the top price of 11/12 – also with Vbet.

We do like a Correct Score suggestion and for those who feel that these two sides will cancel each other out, a 1-1 final outcome is on offer at 11/2 with Coral and Betway. If there is to be a winner, you may want to consider Spurs 2 Manchester United 1 at 10/1 with BetFred and GentingBet while the same scoreline in favour of the away team is listed at 35/4 with SportingBet.

Dangerman

At the start of the New Year, we had been happily watching Manchester United drift into obscurity on the back of another poor season. Europa League football was the aim and even that looked challenging back in January.

The word ‘transformed’ can get overused at times but it’s fair to say that United’s season has been turned around and much of the credit can go to Bruno Fernandes. A reported target for Spurs, the Portuguese midfielder arrived at Old Trafford in the winter window and, for many, he’s responsible for turning his club into top four contenders.

Fernandes has scored three goals in his first nine matches but that tally includes strikes from the penalty spot. Goals are always useful but it’s his link up play and assists that make him our dangerman this week and if you need any more evidence, just watch the free kick that led to Anthony Martial’s goal against Manchester City.

Verdict

manchester unitedWe should certainly be hopeful of picking up at least a point in this match. Form could be disregarded and our bad run may have looked a lot better had key players been available. The return of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min is the main focus and we’re backing Sonny to find the net inside 90 minutes. Elsewhere, Both Teams to Score could be one of the more likely bets of the night.

As for the result, we’re hopeful rather than confident but we’ll end with one of our regular favourites – backing a winning margin of one goal on either side. Let’s all be positive – at least until Saturday morning.

Best Bets:

  • Son Heung-Min to score anytime at 12/5 with SportingBet
  • Both Teams to Score at 5/7 with SportNation
  • Winning Margin of one goal to either side at 13/10 with Betway

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