Two teams who retain Champions League ambitions meet in Saturday’s evening kick off in what should be the most entertaining game of the weekend (5.30pm; TV: Live on Sky Sports). Manchester United have the advantage in the Premier League table but Ralf Rangnick’s men come into this match on the back of an alarming 4-1 defeat in the Manchester derby.
Spurs have also had their troubles in recent weeks but their last two EPL games have resulted in 4-0 and 5-0 respective wins over Leeds United and Everton. Tottenham’s most recent opponents may be in freefall but those are impressive results and they suggest that we should be in for a close 90 minutes at Old Trafford.
Let’s see what betting tips and conclusions we can reach with this full MUFC vs THFC match preview.
It’s one of those games where odds against prices are in play on all three possible outcomes. The prospect of some good returns is there if we can make the right call. Manchester United are favourites at a general 11/10 while victory for Spurs is next at an industry best of 5/2. Marginally behind is the draw which completes the result betting at 13/5.
In the reverse fixture last year, Tottenham came away from an empty Old Trafford with a 6-1 win. The ‘behind closed doors’ atmosphere and the fact that MUFC went down to ten men early on means we should probably ignore that result.
Spurs should, however, be hopeful of claiming a point at the very least. Overall form is mixed but they have won their last two games without conceding. Manchester United suffered that humiliating defeat in the local derby last weekend while the form guide shows that both teams have picked up nine points in their last two games.
This preview is edging towards a draw in this fixture but let’s firstly look at the players who can decide the outcome. This is one of those rare games where Harry Kane is relegated to second favourite in the first goalscorer betting and the England captain can be backed at 9/2 in most places. Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way in this particular market and is listed at a general 4/1.
Other options from around the front men include United’s Edinson Cavani and Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min who are both at 11/2. Further down the pitch, Spurs’ on loan winger Dejan Kulusevski could be one to watch. The Swedish international opened the scoring in his side’s win over Manchester City and was also on target against Leeds. Kulusevski is available at a best of 11/1 for the first goal.
Moving on, Both Teams to Score is predictably short for this fixture and it is currently on offer at best odds of 4/6. If you expect at least one side to be shut out, you can take the No option on BTTS in return for a top price of 11/8.
Our Total Goals round up starts with a potential stake Over the 2.5 line which is quoted at 8/11 in most places. By pushing up to Over 3.5 goals, we can take that to above Even Money at odds of 9/5.
If, however, you think this is likely to be a low scorer, you can bet Below that 2.5 line and claim a general 11/10.
That leaves us with some Correct Score suggestions and we are edging towards a high scoring draw here. A 2-2 final outcome could be the way to go at best odds of 14/1. Alternatively, a 2-1 home win is on offer at 17/2 while the same outcome in favour of Tottenham Hotspur can be found at 12/1.
Our Preview’s MUFC vs THFC Betting Tips Verdict
Both Teams have been inconsistent in recent weeks: Spurs have beaten Manchester City at the Etihad but have succumbed at relegation threatened Burnley. As for United, they weren’t in contention when they faced their local rivals last time out.
That form guide, where both teams have picked up nine points from their last six league matches, has persuaded us to settle on the draw. We’re expecting the teams to cancel each other out but it should be an entertaining 90 minutes with plenty of attacking intent.
Our second tip of the day is to go over the 3.5 goal line. Spurs have recorded two clean sheets in their previous two league games but that statistic needs to be put into context. Antonio Conte’s men were lining up against Leeds and Everton who can barely get out of their respective halves right now.
Manchester United should put a suspect Spurs defense under more pressure while Tottenham’s counter attacking flair is their chief weapon. If you’re a neutral, settle in for what should be the game of the day and look at these betting tips as a way of adding some profits to your entertainment. So here is the verdict of this preview at best odds: