Tottenham v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 09, 2019
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur face Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, in what could well develop into a battle for the top four if the home side loses. Spurs are in strong form following a win over Chelsea, and will be full of confidence going into the game.
A Harry Kane goal followed by Lucas Moura brace ensured that Spurs beat United at Old Trafford when the sides met back in August, although honours have been even over the last three seasons.
Maurizio Pochettino will be wary of player fatigue, having fielded a strong 11 against Chelsea. With Son Heung-Min heading off to the Asian Cup at the end of the month, Harry Kane will be wrapped up in cotton-wool, although will undoubtedly start against United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope that Paul Pogba will recover from a minor injury that saw the Frenchman miss out on the FA Cup tie with Fulham. Given that Fred is absent due to the birth of his child, the new-manager may have limited options in midfield.
Tottenham v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Just a month ago, Manchester United's top four hopes were all bit dismissed, however, Solskjaer's appointment has seen the Red Devils go five games unbeaten. Simultaneously, inconsistency on Spurs' behalf has seen them fail to keep up with the top two.
Going into the game, just ten points now separate the two sides, with a Tottenham loss likely to put Pochettino's place under threat. Following the reverse fixture, Spurs fans would have been looking forward to welcoming United to Wembley, however, this is by no means still the case.
Since taking the reins at Old Trafford, Solskjaer has injected the positivity and excitement into the side that fans had been calling out for over the last two years. Whether through tactics, man-management, or a combination of the two, the former striker has finally unlocked Paul Pogba, who has four assists and three goals under the new manager, doubling his season tally.
United have improved all over the pitch, with the front-line suddenly looking more potent, and even the shaky defence shipping just three goals in six games. With this new found confidence the away side will go to London looking to attack Spurs, rather than just to limit their opposition.
Despite all the positivity coming from Manchester, Sunday's game is Solskjaer's first meeting with a top opponent, and it remains to be seen whether he is tactically prepared for a different challenge. Pochettino knows his side well, and will look to use the inexperience in the opposite dugout to his favour. Whether or not he succeeds may well turn the race for the top four on its head.
Paul Pogba to score anytime at 9/4
The World Cup winner has been in stunning form lately, and will be keen to get back having missed a game through injury.
Both teams to score and Spurs to win at 13/5
Despite United's momentum, Tottenham have the experience and are in strong form themselves.