Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Old Trafford

Punter's Pick

Historically this has been a fixture which has been difficult to call as both teams have shared the spoils in the past four seasons with four wins apiece. However we feel that Tottenham have hit form at the right time and with the Mourinho factor are very generously priced to win at 31/20 with Bet365.

Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur and former manager Jose Mourinho back to Old Trafford in a highly anticipated clash between two of England’s top teams. Both sides have had poor seasons by their own high standards and start this game two points apart. The big question is, can United dent Mourinho’s perfect start to life at Spurs or will their former manager get one over on his former employers?

Manchester United have stuttered of late and there are whispers of discontent aimed at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from fans and pundits alike. The team have drawn their last two Premier League games against sides that have been promoted this season and could actually have lost them both. United were outplayed for much of the game against Sheffield United before putting together a devastating eight minute spell where they overturned a 2-0 deficit to go 3-2 in front. But their frailty at the back was again exposed as Oli McBurnie scored a dramatic last minute equaliser. The team didn’t fare much better against Aston Villa at home who went ahead courtesy of a wonder strike from Jack Grealish and despite turning this scoreline around to lead 2-1, again surrendered a lead as Tyrone Mings scored to salvage a points. The big question now is that if the United hierarchy make funds available to invest in the squad, is Solskjaer the right man to lead the rebuild? The team have lacked energy and quality in recent games, looking lethargic and out of ideas. Although there are injuries to prominent players, their performances and results should have been better given the quality of players that do start. This isn’t a team that should be languishing in 9th place and 22 points off the leaders.

Despite their own issues regarding performances and desire this season, Tottenham have started to turn things around since the arrival of Jose Mourinho. It certainly isn’t a coincidence that they hadn’t won a league game in five matches prior to the arrival of the Portuguese who then lead the team to a 3-2 win against West Ham. The result flattered the Hammers as Tottenham had charged into a 3-0 lead and were much the dominant side. A 4-2 win over Olympiakos followed in the Champions League before another dominant display saw them sweep away Bournemouth at home. The biggest change has been the energy levels that have again increased with the likes of Heung-min Son charging at defences and Dele Alli who has started to make his late runs from midfield and score again. Mourinho will no doubt want to send a message against his former employers and show what he is capable of given the right set of players who possess the ‘can-do’ attitude he demands.

In team news, Manchester United will look to make a call on Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay. Pogba was touted to possibly return last time out but didn’t make the matchday squad. If either of these two recover, then the midfield will certainly be bolstered as United have struggled to assert their dominance with the likes of Pereira and Fred. It will be interesting to see if Luke Shaw gets a game as Solskjaer opted for Brandon Williams last time out.

Tottenham have no fresh injury concerns as yet and could utilise much of the same team that beat Bournemouth 3-2 at home. Heung-min Son is likely to continue partnering Harry Kane up front with Eric Dier, Ndombele and Sissoko providing the steel in midfield. Danny Rose will also want to get back into the first team having been dropped in the last game.

In recent meetings between these two the spoils have actually been shared in the past few seasons. Each team has won one of the two league games played in the past four seasons with both enjoying away victories last term. Tottenham thumped United 3-0 at Old Trafford through goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura (2) before the Red Devils gained their revenge by winning 1-0 through a Marcus Rashford strike.

Punter's Pick

Historically this has been a fixture which has been difficult to call as both teams have shared the spoils in the past four seasons with four wins apiece. However we feel that Tottenham have hit form at the right time and with the Mourinho factor are very generously priced to win at 31/20 with Bet365.

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