Manchester United v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 23, 2018
Old Trafford - Premier League
Beleaguered Manchester United welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford on Monday night, who have their own problems at the moment. The visitors’ new stadium is causing unwanted headlines, but at least the Spurs players are doing the business on the pitch - which is more than can be said for United at the moment.
The last seven Premier League meetings between theses two teams have ended in a home win, while United beat Spurs in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last season. Tottenham’s last victory at Old Trafford was a 2-1 success in January 2014, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen getting the goals for the visitors.
Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for United after he missed the dismal defeat at Brighton last weekend. Full-backs Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are also struggling with injury, although Nemanja Matic could be in contention after undergoing surgery in the summer.
Son Heung-min is away at the Asian Games with South Korea, where he’s aiming to avoid compulsory military service by winning the competition for his country. Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen are among the other absentees for Spurs.
Manchester United v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
The rumours are flying around Old Trafford at present, regarding everything from the manager to the CEO, star player, and planes with banners. Tottenham meanwhile have started the season well despite becoming the first top flight side not to sign a new player this summer since the transfer window was introduced.
Manchester United are 28/17 for the win on Monday, so they start as the favourites despite their poor performance last time out. While plenty of criticism has been aimed at Jose Mourinho, the manager can’t legislate for players wasting crossing opportunities, lumping easy passes out of play, and passing to advertising hoardings.
If United put in the same level of performance against Tottenham as they did at Brighton, Spurs will punish the Reds once again. Harry Kane’s August curse has finally been lifted after he hit the back of the net against Fulham, with the visitors looking to keep up their 100% record in this one. They are priced at 19/10 to do just that.
The draw could be a decent option in this game, bearing in mind Tottenham’s recent record at Old Trafford, and the fact that the home supporters will expect some kind of reaction after last weekend. If you think the game will end with honours even, you can get odds of 12/5.
Both teams to score at 13/16
Despite turning in a dreadful performance, United still scored twice against Brighton, while Tottenham will fancy their chances against the highly suspect home defence.
Penalty in the match at 3/1
Manchester United’s two games so far have brought three penalties, and it’s not hard to see the likes of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones or Chris Smalling giving one away against Spurs.