Manchester United v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 26, 2017
Old Trafford - Premier League
After joining Manchester United on 20 Premier League points at the weekend, Tottenham visit Old Trafford to face Jose Mourinho’s side in the Saturday lunchtime kick off.
The last five meetings between these two have ended in home wins. Last season a Henrikh Mkhitaryan strike was enough to hand United a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford, while Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane were on the scoresheet as Tottenham won the return 2-1.
With so many players missing, including Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo, it’s tough for United boss Mourinho to rotate the players that have let him down over the past couple of weeks. After Phil Jones went off in the defeat at Huddersfield his replacement Victor Lindelof had a nightmare, but if Eric Bailly fails to recover from a groin problem then the Swedish centre back could be given another chance.
Tottenham fans would’ve been dismayed to see Kane leave the Wembley pitch on Sunday clutching the back of his leg, but it appears the in-form striker came off as a precautionary measure after feeling some tightness. Erik Lamela is nearing a return for the visitors, although Wanyama and Moussa Dembele are expected to miss out.
Manchester United v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
Everything seemed to be going so well for United until they shut up shop at Anfield, with Mourinho attracting his first major dose of criticism from the club’s supporters. Tottenham on the other hand are fresh from a resounding thumping of the same opponents Mourinho appeared so scared of, which followed their impressive performance at the Bernabeu, but they did have the blip of giving up a lead against West Ham in midweek and crashing out of the Carabao Cup.
This one is going to be a real test of both team’s title credentials. The trip to Liverpool was United’s first game against anyone higher than 12th in the Premier League, and to say that they were underwhelming is an understatement. The Reds followed this up with an even worse performance against Huddersfield, and the home fans will be after a reaction on Saturday.
Spurs were unbeaten in 11 games before the reverse against the Hammers. That run included a 4-0 demolition of Huddersfield when they travelled to the John Smith’s Stadium, where United were so abject. If Mauricio Pochettino’s side can take all three points from Old Trafford, it’ll put them into position as the main challengers to Manchester City for the season.
The visitors will start the game as 5/2 underdogs in the betting though. United go in as 5/4 favourites, while the draw’s available at 5/2.
United to win and both teams to score at 18/5
Improve your odds on a home win by predicting that Tottenham’s in-form attack still manages to penetrate United’s defence.
Tottenham to win 2-1 at 12/1
The last away win between the two sides was a 2-1 win for Spurs in January 2014. Back the visitors to repeat that scoreline with this bet.