Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
May 10, 2017
Sunday May 14 – White Hart Lane – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur beating old rival Manchester United may ease the pain of their Premier League title challenge falling short again. But Jose Mourinho’s ultra-defensive system works better against the bigger clubs, so expect a close one.
Even during the era with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart lining up at White Hart Lane, Spurs rarely got the better of Manchester United, while Mauricio Pochettino has only beaten them once since joining, a 3-0 victory here last season. The Red Devils won 1-0 at Old Trafford in December so they will be confident in getting a result.
Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are ruled out for Sunday’s meeting, but Danny Rose should return from a knee injury. The switch to three at the back has freed Christian Eriksen, so expect the Dane to control proceedings.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Luke Shaw are ruled out for the away side, but Marouane Fellaini will return from suspension. Expect a typically negative showing from Mourinho in an attempt to stop Spurs’ vibrant attack.
Tottenham vs Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Despite having the experience of last season, Tottenham once again failed to keep up with the league leaders and effectively handed the title to Chelsea after losing to West Ham. But Pochettino and his men should be proud of themselves as it is the first time in the Champions League era that they have qualified for Europe’s premier cup competition in consecutive seasons, although this years’ showing suggests they have a lot to learn there too.
The home side are 8/11 favourites despite last week’s shock defeat, but considering there is a score to be settled and that home advantage comes into play, it is hard to see it any other way. United are 17/4 outsiders and have not been doing themselves any favours after being outplayed by Swansea a fortnight ago and comfortably beaten by Arsenal on Sunday. As neither Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford have proven to be capable of leading the United line, Wayne Rooney could make a rare start.
Harry Kane is favourite to open the scoring at 7/2, and considering the former MK Dons mans’ strong record against the top six, it is almost guaranteed. However, Dele Alli’s long range shooting may need to be utilised to get past a very deep defence, so consider the England international who is at 11/2.
Tottenham to win 3-0 at 14/1
Spurs may have an embarrassing record when facing Manchester United but everything comes to an end eventually. Tottenham’s exciting, young squad is the opposite of United’s and that vitality could make all the difference.
Christian Eriksen to score anytime at 3/1
The former Ajax man endured an extended period of anonymity, but he has flourished since Pochettino switched from 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-2-1. The Dane’s outstanding assist went viral a fortnight ago, while he single handily outgunned Arsenal in the north London derby.