May 9, 2017
May 9, 2017

Premier League preview: Tottenham vs. Manchester United

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Premier League preview: Tottenham vs. Manchester United

The Premier League title might be out of Tottenham’s reach, but this weekend’s fixture against Manchester United still means a lot. Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane will be the last in its 118-year history. Will Tottenham leave their home stadium in style or can Manchester United spoil the party? Read on for some betting insight.

The last two years have provided Tottenham Hotspur with the best chance they’ve had to win the Premier League. However, after defeat to West Ham United on Friday, they have now fallen short for the second successive season. Spurs will still want to end the season on a high and win the final game at White Hart Lane against Manchester United on Sunday.

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The struggle to get the job done

Tottenham have impressed from the very start of the season - they were unbeaten in their first 12 league games (winning six and drawing six). Despite winning ten league games in a row between late February and the end of April, Spurs have still failed to win that elusive Premier League title.

Tottenham have conceded the fewest Premier League goals this season (0.66 per game) and United the second fewest (0.77).

A young and talented side, many have cited inexperience as the reason behind Tottenham’s inability to challenge for the title until the very end. Regardless of what has gone wrong, Spurs will need to put the recent disappointment behind them to beat Manchester United on Sunday.

Tottenham will play all of their home games at Wembley next season and move into a new ground the following year. In addition to trying to hold on to star players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Spurs will be concerned about the potential disadvantage that comes with playing in a new stadium.

Two teams that are hard to beat

Something that has defined both Tottenham and Manchester United’s season this year is how difficult they have been to beat - the two sides have lost the fewest number of games in the Premier League (four). It is converting draws into wins that has been the difference between the two sides (Tottenham have averaged 2.2 points per game, while Manchester United have averaged 1.86).

Another similarity between the two teams is that they have built from a solid defensive foundation - Spurs have conceded the fewest league goals (0.66 per game) and United the second fewest (0.77). However, there is a great contrast in terms of goals scored, Tottenham have averaged 2.0 goals per game and Manchester United just 1.48. 

Where is the value?

As the market suggests, it’s hard to get away from a home win for Tottenham on Sunday. The fact that it is the last ever game at White Hart Lane has given Spurs something to play for, while the chance to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League is likely to influence Jose Mourinho’s team selection.

Tottenham haven’t fared too well against Manchester United in recent years - they have only won three of the last ten (losing four and drawing three) - so a draw could prove tempting for bettors. 

Over 2.5 appears to be the most obvious bet at 1.917* - United have struggled to find the back of the net all season but it is unlikely that they will adopt the usual tactics of soaking up pressure against a creative Tottenham side that will dominate possession.

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