Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United: Looking for a Lift Against Struggling Opponents

tottenhamAt times like these you need to stay upbeat and read positive things about everything Tottenham Hotspur. Well, you can either do what I’ve just done and watch the goals from a 5-0 win over QPR in 1984/85 over on YouTube or you can just hope for a win on Saturday.

Of course, you could also take comfort from the fact that we are in the next round of the EFL Cup and you can forget about our yo-yo league form for the moment.

The good news is that our opponents are also struggling and recent form shows that Manchester United have seven points from their last six games as opposed to our six points in the same period.

I hope that’s helped as it’s the best I can do ahead of this Saturday 5.30pm kick off.

Team News

Bryan Gil limped out of Wednesday night’s win at Turf Moor with what looked to be a hamstring issue. There’s been no official updates as yet but it would seem almost certain that he’s unavailable for Saturday’s game.

Ryan Sessgnon, meanwhile, continues to recover from a long term hamstring problem of his own. Elsewhere, Matt Doherty returned to full fitness ahead of that Burnley match. There are no clear updates beyond those so look to check the club’s official feed in the lead up to kick off.

Match Odds

This is another game where there are odds against prices on all three possible outcomes with our opponents starting as favourites. Manchester United lead the way and can be backed at 7/5 with Betway and Novibet. Victory for Spurs is next at best odds of 2/1 with SportNation while the draw completes matters at 27/10 with Unibet.

It’s not often that I laugh at Twitter but it raised a smile when someone billed this game as ‘El Sackico’ – inferring that whichever manager lost this game was heading for the axe. It may not be quite as clear cut but Spurs and Manchester United are both in need of a lift.

As a side note, now that Steve Bruce has left Newcastle United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the odds on favourite to be the next manager to leave his post. Daniel Farke of Norwich is next, followed by Dean Smith of Aston Villa. In fourth position is our own Nuno Espirito Santo at best odds of 16/1 with 10Bet and MansionBet.

On a personal level, Saturday’s game could mean much more to Ole than Nuno but both sides will be desperate for the points after a dismal run of late. Naturally we would be fearful but that form guide, which includes United’s defeat to Aston Villa plus thumpings by Leicester City and Liverpool, means that neutrals will find this tough to call.

Side Markets

The return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United puts him at the top of most individual goalscorer markets in matches involving the Red Devils. Of course, it helps in the context of this game that Harry Kane has just one league goal to his name so far.

Ronaldo starts as favourite to find the net first at 4/1 with Betway while Harry follows at best odds of 23/5 with Unibet. Edinson Cavani is next up at a top price of 11/2 with Unibet while Son Heung-Min can be found at a best of 7/1 with VBet.

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Harry Kane

A number of United players follow and neutrals might be interested to see Bruno Fernandes available at 15/2 with Betway. From a Spurs’ perspective, other options include Lucas Moura at 10/1 with 888Sport, Steven Bergwijn at 11/1 with BetFred and Tanguy Ndombele at 16/1 with VBet.

On to team bets now and Both Teams to Score is listed at short odds on figures across the board. VBet are quoting 11/18 on BTTS while BetFred have 11/8 for anyone wanting to bet No on BTTS.

In the Total Combined Goals betting, the best odds to go Over the 2.5 line are the 4/5 offered by 10Bet. Pushing that a step higher to Over 3.5 currently returns 11/6 with VBet. As we saw last week against West Ham, the fact that a fixture that has produced a goal feast in the past doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen again but we suspect that there could be more attacking intent in both camps this time.

Last Season

Last season’s corresponding fixture started brightly enough with an opening goal on 40 minutes for Lucas Moura but, otherwise, it was a day to forget, Second half replies from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood secured a 3-1 away win for the visitors.

Of course, had we been talking about the game at Old Trafford, we’d be gloating over the 6-1 pasting handed out, but those two games merely reflect the rollercoaster ride that we had in 2020/21.

It’s also worth mentioning that the 3-1 reverse to United last season was the first time that we’d lost to them in five matches and our recent head to head record against these opponents has significantly improved since the days of Harry Kane, Mauricio Pochettino et al.

Verdict

manchester unitedThe other small piece of good news is that, if you’d followed our tips for the game against Burnley in midweek then you would have two wins out of two. 19/20 for Under 2.5 Goals and 7/2 on Lucas Moura to score at any time in 90 minutes.

This isn’t all about the betting – it’s supposed to be a general preview of the match and where the club is at – but it’s nice when that happens.

It’s also given fans a small lift but can the team take a little momentum into Saturday? Normally we may be dreading the visit of Manchester United following our poor league run but Ole’s men have serious issues of their own. Their fans won’t fancy it either and we can take advantage but only if we switch on throughout the team.

As for our tips for this game, it would be nice to keep that run going through an anytime goal for Son Heung-Min and a Total Goals stake on Over 3.5. However, we’d happily take a loss on both if Tottenham claim the majority of goals here.

Best Bets

  • Over 3.5 Goals at 11/6 with VBet
  • Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes at 21/10 with VBet.

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