Aug 22, 2018
Aug 22, 2018

Premier League preview: Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United vs. Tottenham odds

Inform your Manchester United vs. Tottenham prediction

Analysing the Manchester United vs. Tottenham stats

Premier League preview: Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham travel to Old Trafford to play rivals Manchester United in our highlight fixture this week in the Premier League. Looking for value in the Manchester United vs. Tottenham odds? Read on to inform your Manchester United vs. Tottenham prediction.

A close look at the Manchester United vs. Tottenham odds

Unsurprisingly, the Money Line odds make this a very even game with neither side the clear favourite to win the match. Home advantage gives Manchester United the edge, giving them a 36.36% chance to take all three points.

Time: Monday August 27 19:00 UTC kickoff  

Venue: Old Trafford

Manchester United vs. Tottenham Predicted lineups

Manchester United predicted lineup

4-3-3: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Pereira, Pogba, Mata; Lukaku, Sanchez.

Manchester United team news

Sergio Romero and Nemanja Matic are still sidelined with injuries, whilst new signing Diogo Dalot and Antonio Valencia are unlikely to be available. Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera are also not likely to feature.

The big team news for Manchester United is whether or not Alexis Sanchez will start. The Chilean missed the match at Brighton through injury and it is yet unknown whether the 29 year-old will be back in contention.

Tottenham predicted lineup

3-5-2: Lloris; Alderweireld, D.Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Eriksen, Dier, Alli, Davies; Moura, Kane.

Tottenham team news

Tottenham should almost be at full strength and with Heung-Min Son away on international duty, it is highly likely Lucas Moura will retain his place in the starting line-up after an impressive start to the season.

Manchester United vs. Tottenham stats

  • Manchester United expected goals per game: 1.53
  • Manchester United expected goals against per game: 1.69
  • Manchester United expected points per game: 1.19
  • Tottenham expected goals per game: 2.01
  • Tottenham expected goals against per game: 1.25
  • Tottenham expected points per game: 2.2
*Data is for season 2018/19 only

Inform your Manchester United vs. Tottenham prediction

Manchester United's poor display against Brighton has left a bitter taste amongst their fans only two games into the season. Meanwhile, Tottenham, despite a few scares during their games against Newcastle United and Fulham have carried on where they left off in the 2017/18 campaign looking a well-organised solid all-round side with a real goal threat.

If fit, Manchester United will be looking for more from Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean made some eye-catching passes to link up with Romelu Lukaku in United’s first home game at Old Trafford, but Jose Mourinho will want more goals and more chances created from last season’s marquee signing. The former Arsenal man has created 47 big chances with a goals per match ratio of 0.46 since arriving in England and United will need similar returns this season if they want to compete for the title.

Some of the statistics from United’s loss to Brighton were not impressive and highlight the need for more intensity and desire in their performances which Sanchez does bring. Jose Mourinho’s side covered only 99.5 kilometres, to the 108.5 kilometres ran by their opponents.

From two matches, United are averaging 8.5 shots per game—which would have been the poorest amount in the league last season. Despite a small sample size, the underlying stats don’t paint a great picture at Old Trafford when you compare that to scoring with a greater percentage of their shots on target (39%) than every side other than Manchester City last term.

Looking at Tottenham, Fulham looked good in spells against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, forcing Hugo Lloris to produce some crucial saves at key moments. Harry Kane is up and running as the England captain finally broke his August goal drought and they will come into the clash at Old Trafford confident of getting a result.

It was a tough game for Spurs, but they merited their victory in the end, generating 3.04 xG to Fulham’s 1.40, and despite any summer signings look a side heading in the right direction.

Manchester United vs. Tottenham: Where is the value?

Jose Mourinho has cut an irritated and unsatisfied figure during the last few months as Manchester United manager and his next assignment won’t be much easier dealing with a strong looking Tottenham side.

The Portuguese manager’s slow approach to games seems to somewhat hinder United’s playing style and The Red Devils are crying out for two out-and-out wingers to complement Romelu Lukaku. They lack real creativity within the team and there is little fluidity in their attacking style.

For Tottenham, their tactics and style of play will likely remain the same looking to take the game to United. Pochettino is a big fan of his fullbacks and the Argentine manager will look to press forward to keep Mourinho’s wide players playing as defensive as possible.

Spurs are available at 1.543* on the 0 Handicap and the way Pochettino will set up his side for the trip to Old Trafford this could offer real value.

On the Money Line we are only two games in but the fashion in which Manchester United lost at Brighton proposes there are real problems at the club currently. Despite this, United usually get things together when Totteham visit Old Trafford, winning their last four home meetings against Spurs in the Premier League, so backing the draw at odds of 3.230* looks the smartest option.

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