How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Man United 21/20, Draw 5/2, Tottenham 5/2 - William Hill
- First Goalscorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (MUN) 4/1, Harry Kane (TOT) 11/2, Marcus Rashford (MUN) 11/2 - Sky Bet
- Correct Score: Draw 1-1 6/1, Man United 1-0 7/1 15/2, Man United 2-1 9/1, - BetVictor
- Manchester United are winless at home in the Premier League since September after embarking on a run of just one victory in eight games (away to Swansea). Jose Mourinho's men have failed to make Old Trafford a fortress and run the risk of missing out on suckling at the lucrative teat of the Champions League for the second time in three seasons. A run of three straight 1-1 draws have seen the once dominant force of the Premier League find themselves closer to the bottom than the top, with only the joy of positive results in the Europa League and League Cup providing reassuring comfort for the Red Devils faithful.
- Tottenham Hotspur saw their unbeaten start to the Premier League season ended at Chelsea two weeks ago, but they successfully bounced back with a comprehensive romp over bottom club Swansea City. Mauricio Pochettino’s men find themselves within touching distance of the top four, but need to start racking up the wins if they are to trouble the likes of Man City, Liverpool and neighbours Arsenal. On the continent, a comfortable 3-1 win over CSKA Moscow in midweek may not have been enough to prevent Spurs dropping out of the Champions League, but will almost certainly have inspired the squad with confidence heading into their next fixture.
‘Lads, it’s Tottenham’ - the famous three word team talk Sir Alex Ferguson once gave his Manchester United players, but could current manager Jose Mourinho inspire his players with the same message ahead of a clash with a Spurs side who have improved dramatically in recent times? The Red Devils’ dominance over their Premier League counterparts has escaped them of late, with just two wins in their last eight meetings with the North London club, however, the bookmakers still fancy the Old Trafford side to take all three points this Sunday. A home win is priced at 23/20 with Paddy Power, but a fourth straight 1-1 draw does look tempting at 6/1.
Tottenham’s last away win against Manchester United came in 2014, when goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen helped the White Hart Lane club to a 2-1 victory. Only the latter of those two goalscorers remains at the club and the Dane is well priced at 9/2 with 888Sport to score during this match, while an anytime goal in a Spurs win is available at 15/2 with William Hill. Another player to keep an eye on could be Son Heung-min, with the South Korean striker in fine form this season following a shaky start to his time in the capital. The 24-year-old, who has 6 goals this campaign, is 8/1 to break the deadlock, while a brace for the forward is 20/1 with Bet365.
- Sports.net’s top tip: 1-1 Draw - 6/1 with William Hill
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.