Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday in a 4:30pm kick-off at Old Trafford as Brett Curtis brings you his Man Utd v Tottenham predictions and a bet builder on the game.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have enjoyed a productive week on the south coast, dramatically beating Brighton 3-2 in the league last weekend before more comfortably beating Graham Potter’s side 3-0 in the EFL Cup in midweek.
Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, will head to his former stomping ground off the back of two cup wins in three days. Tuesday night’s penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in the EFL Cup was followed up by a 7-2 thrashing of Maccabi Haifa on Thursday to secure their place in the Europa League group stage.
The bookmakers are keen on United here, making them odds-on favourites at 17/20 to win the match. The draw is 14/5, with a Spurs win 3/1.
Defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain injured for the Red Devils, but otherwise they look to have a clean bill of health. Andreas Pereira is unlikely to feature with a loan move to Lazio imminent.
Son Heung-Min is a major doubt for Spurs after sustaining a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle last weekend, with Gareth Bale definitely out until after the international break.
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick against Macabbi Haifa, and he will be itching to improve his record of only two goals in 12 games against United. He’s 9/5 to score anytime (Betfair), with Bruno Fernandes 15/8 (also Betfair).
One bet I prefer is for the penalty-taking pair to have two or more shots on target each at 8/1 with Betfair. Kane had five on target against Newcastle last week and with no Son or Bale for company, he’ll likely take more pot-shots in search of a goal. Fernandes is certainly no stranger to a pot-shot himself, either, with 20 shots on target in 16 league games for United.
Forwards Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood were all rested by Solskjaer in midweek; they’re 9/5, 15/8 and 23/10 respectively to profit and score anytime (all Sky Bet).
I can definitely see a few cards and potentially a penalty here with Anthony Taylor in charge. The 41-year-old has shown both sides one or more card in 12 of his last 16 Premier League games, while he has awarded four penalties in his two games so far this season.
Either team to score a penalty is 23/10 (Betfair), with United specifically to score one 9/2 (bet365). They were awarded 14 in the league alone last season and, with Spurs’ legs bound to tire as the game goes on, it’s got to be worth a punt at that price.
With the odds on cards alone understandably cut short, I like the look of both teams to score, 3+ corners for each team and 2+ cards for each team is a decent price at 4/1 (Betfair).
Both teams scored in both meetings under these managers last season, while I’m confident the corners and cards element of the bet should land in what will hopefully be a fiery clash.