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

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Sunday, March 15, 2020


Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Punter's Pick

Just where will Spurs find a goal from on Sunday? The smart money is on Lucas Moura to finally step up and deliver – the Brazilian has been in quiet weeks, but back him to rediscover his scoring touch at 7/2 to score anytime with Bet365.

Games between these two sides are rarely goal fests and expect this one to be no different – both sides will want to sit deep and play on the counter which could lead to something of a stalemate – back 2.5 goals and under with Bet365 at 8/11.

 

 

 

Resurgent Manchester United take on a fading Spurs side as the race for a top four position reaches another crunch weekend at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Contrasting European fortunes

Both sides go into this clash after contrasting fortunes in Europe during the week, and the mood could hardly be different in the two camps. Spurs failed to overturn a 1-0 home deficit against RB Leipzig, as the ‘spirit of Amsterdam’ seemed a distant memory as they were overpowered with relative ease against the classy German side 3-0. With the FA Cup also now gone, another trophy less season is guaranteed, with Spurs clinging on to the hope a top four (or top five) position and a route back into the Champions League.

The Red Devils by contrast strolled to a 5-0 win against Austrian minnows LASK, keeping up their superb recent form. The calibre of opposition was not exactly quite at the same level as Spurs encountered in their trip to Germany, but the Red Devils were still supremely clinical as they put the opposition to the sword.

Spurs out of the top four running?

The home side start the game seven points outside the top four and four points behind United, and with only nine games left of the season precious little time to turn things around. With no wins in their last three games and a crippling injury list, it would take a minor miracle for Jose Mourinho’s side to mount a late challenge for the Champions League spots.

They will at least take heart from their performance in the 2-0 win against United’s near neighbours Manchester City, where face with a similar injury crisis they managed to keep City at bay at him them with a couple of classic counter punches. With United usually ponderous in games where they have to come out and attack, preferring to play on the counter themselves, the home side will fancy they can pull another rabbit out of the hat.

Team News

Paul Pogba has resumed light training for the visitors but is still some way short of making a return to the starting XI. Marcus Rashford remains out with a back stress fracture, while Anthony Martial missed the midweek trip to Austria with a shoulder injury and will be assessed.

Spurs remain without long term casualties Harry Kane, Heung Min-Son and Moussa Sissoko, with recent signing Steve Bergwijn also joining the injury list and unlikely to play again this season. Youngster Troy Parrott is the only fit striker on the books at present but unless Mourinho has a change of heart is likely to be consigned to the bench again.

Cagey affair could end all square

Spurs are likely to adopt the same template they did against Manchester City at home, sitting deep and trying to nick something on the counter or from a set-piece. This will put pressure on United to come out and play, something which they have looked uncomfortable doing all season. Their recent 1-1 draw at Everton was a good example of how the Red Devils struggle to raise the tempo and unlock stubborn defences, something manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to address if they are to keep up the pressure on Chelsea in fourth place.

Punter's Pick

Just where will Spurs find a goal from on Sunday? The smart money is on Lucas Moura to finally step up and deliver – the Brazilian has been in quiet weeks, but back him to rediscover his scoring touch at 7/2 to score anytime with Bet365.

Games between these two sides are rarely goal fests and expect this one to be no different – both sides will want to sit deep and play on the counter which could lead to something of a stalemate – back 2.5 goals and under with Bet365 at 8/11.

 

 

 

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