Chris Millas (@ChrisMMillas) previews Tottenham v Man Utd and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s mouthwatering Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Tottenham v Manchester United Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 13/01/19
- Time: 16:30
- Venue: Wembley
- Channel: Sky Sports
Two of the Premier League's most in-form sides lock horns on Sunday afternoon as Tottenham welcome Manchester United to Wembley.
Tottenham bounced back from their 3-1 defeat to Wolves before the turn of the year with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Cardiff on New Year's Day and have now won 6 of their last 7 games in the league.
Following the win in Wales, Spurs have since thumped Tranmere 0-7 away in the FA Cup, which featured a hat-trick from Spaniard Fernando Llorente, and edged Chelsea 1-0 at home in the League Cup on Tuesday thanks to a penalty from Harry Kane.
Kane, who is the Premier League's current joint leading top goalscorer with 14 goals, has been in scintillating form, scoring in all 6 of his previous matches in all competitions.
A win for Mauricio Pochettino's side will keep them in touch with leaders Liverpool and see them overtake Manchester City and move temporarily into second place.
Opponents Man Utd will be full of confidence come into this fixture, having won all 5 games under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, scoring 16 goals during that period and conceding just 3.
It seems an age ago now since Jose Mourinho was sacked. The Red Devils are once again playing with freedom and expression, providing some entertaining and attacking football.
Paul Pogba seems to have benefited most from the change, with 4 goals in his last 4 games in the Premier League.
Solskjær has undoubtedly had an impact since taking the reigns in mid-December. This will be his first real test however and he will be desperate for a result as he eyes the job full-time
Interestingly, 6 of the last 7 meetings between the two sides in all competitions has seen the home side come out victorious.
Mousa Dembele is expected to join Chinese side Beijing Guoan and so will unlikely feature here for Tottenham. Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama also miss out due to injuries. Jan Vertonghen is a doubt. Lucas Moura will be assessed before kick-off.
Eric Bailly is suspended for Man Utd. Fellow centre backs Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling are both doubts. Ole Gunnar Solskjær will hope Alexis Sanchez can overcome a minor thigh problem. Paul Pogba has been declared fit.
Potential Tottenham Starting XI: Lloris, Davies, Alderweireld, Sánchez, Trippier, Eriksen, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Kane, Heung
Potential Man Utd Starting XI: De Gea, Shaw, Lindelöf, Jones, Young, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Martial, Rashford, Lingard
Head To Head
- Tottenham Wins 38
- Draws 39
- Man Utd Wins 83
Key Stats & Facts
- Tottenham have won 6 of their last 7 matches in the Premier League.
- Man Utd have won their last 4 matches in the Premier League.
- Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches in the Premier League.
- Tottenham 57/50
- Draw 13/5
- Man Utd 27/10
Tottenham won the reverse fixture 0-3 at Old Trafford back in August but I think we can expect a more competitive game on Sunday thanks to a revitalised Man Utd side under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
However, while Man Utd have been in great form, I can't ignore the fact that their last 4 games in the Premier League have all been against sides currently sitting in the bottom half of the table – 3 in fact sit in the bottom 6.
The Red Devils have also continued to look vulnerable defensively and against an in-form Tottenham side that are full of goals, they may well be punished.
Tottenham have scored 2 or more goals in their last 3 games at home to Man Utd. They are odds-on at 4/5 to score 2 or more goals on Sunday but we can get them ‘Race To 2 Goals' at odds-against quotes of 13/10 which I think offers good value.
One more bet I just can't resist considering the stats is in the anytime goalscorer market.
Harry Kane is averaging a goal every 1.5 games in the Premier League. The 25-year-old scored at Old Trafford earlier on in the season and as mentioned earlier, has scored in 6 successive games.
He is as low as 8/11 with some bookmakers to get on the scoresheet here, yet Ladbrokes go 21/20 and at those odds, I'm happy backing him to make it 7 in 7.