Tottenham Hotspurs’ 5-0 thrashing of Swansea City has widened the gap between the Premier League’s top five and the rest, with the fault line of this division falling between Spurs and their opponents this weekend.
Defeat for Manchester United at Old Trafford would create a nine-point gap that is surely insurmountable. Predicting a winner is very difficult, but with both teams’ strikers in good form and the visitors looking back to their best, the most valuable betting opportunity is over 2.5 goals at 2.00*.
Seven of the last ten games between Man United and Tottenham have featured three or more goals.
Jose Mourinho’s team have drawn four consecutive league matches at Old Trafford, but have only been beaten once on home soil this season. They are tough to break down and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic looking unplayable recently (six goals in his last five games) they are expected to deny Spurs the three points - the draw is priced at 3.360*
United should find the net at least once (they have failed to score in just three of their 23 matches so far under Mourinho). But the same can be said for Spurs. Christian Eriksen was sensational in the destruction of Swansea last weekend, while Harry Kane has overcome his annual August-September slump to score eight goals in his last eight games.
Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick look increasingly solid as a pair at the base of midfield, but the narrow attacking lines of Eriksen and Dele Alli could overwhelm these two fairly slow players.
This feels like a definitive match for both sides. Spurs (3.660*) cannot afford to concede more territory to Chelsea, while United (2.230*) are a couple of dropped points away from being ruled out of contention for the top four. As such, both will be going all out for the win – making a goal-fest highly likely.
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