Man Utd v Tottenham Betting Tips
Jose Mourinho could hardly have been more frank in his post-match media duties on Saturday. “I don’t even remember a friendly match when our attitude was so poor,” said the Man Utd manager after watching his team’s first defeat of the season against Huddersfield.
Mourinho also said that Huddersfield fully deserved the victory in a break from his normal modus operandi.
The Portuguese normally prefers to protect his players from criticism to develop a siege mentality but he clearly felt that something drastic was needed to snap the Man Utd squad out of their funk.
They certainly have to snap out of it quickly as Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham visit Old Trafford early on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs made it four Premier League wins in a row with their 4-1 dismantling of Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday and they’ll be confident of overturning a run of three straight defeats at Old Trafford.
Man Utd to Dig Deep and Produce a Gritty Display
The ease with which Tottenham scored against Liverpool prompted many commenters to wonder just why Mourinho decided to employ such a defensive strategy when Man Utd visited Anfield recently.
After a very impressive start to the season, it was galling to see United take their foot off the gas and resemble the safety-first team who missed out on a spot in the top four last season. Some went as far as to suggest that it sowed the seeds for the Huddersfield loss.
However, don’t expect Mourinho to change his approach against Spurs.
He oversaw a 1-0 win against the Pochettino’s men in December and he’ll once again set his team up to ensure they contain Tottenham’s attacking threat first and foremost. That’s a risky strategy against Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen but so is taking the game to Spurs which opens up space for them to launch counterattacks.
Pochettino’s side has almost the perfect balance between attack and defence (they rank third in the Premier League for both goals scored and goals conceded) but the Argentine will favour the latter at Old Trafford.
This is a big test for both teams and we’d be far from surprised if there was little in it come the final whistle.
So, we recommend taking the 5/2 that Marathonbet are quoting on the draw. We also think under 2.5 goals looks like a solid option at 5/6 with BetVictor.
Kane to Win the Battle of Two Top Marksmen
Mourinho and Pochettino are two of the most respected managers in world football. They’re at different stages in their careers and they have different ways of approaching the game but one belief they share is that top quality teams need top quality goalscorers.
Pochettino was fortunate in that Harry Kane came through the ranks at Tottenham to become one of the most lethal strikers in Europe while Mourinho had to rely on Man Utd’s spending power to sign his main man up front, Romelu Lukaku.
Both Kane and Lukaku are 24 and can therefore both get even better. For now though, Kane is the more rounded of the two and with one more goal than Lukaku this season, the England striker is the one we’d back to score on Saturday at 17/11 with Unibet.
Patience Required in What Should be a Slow Burner
The Premier League is known all around the world for its frenetic pace but its entertainment is not based solely on high scoring games.
There are plenty of fascinating tactical battles that take a little longer to come to the boil and we think that’s exactly what we’ll get at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The majority of Man Utd’s goals this season have come in the second half while Spurs have conceded twice as many goals in the second 45 minutes than the first.
That leads us to a couple of betting tips.
First, bet on the second half to have more goals than the first at 23/20 with Betway. Then, take the 6/5 that Paddy Power are quoting on the first goal being scored after the 30th minute.
Top Betting offers
Match result draw at 5/2 with Marathonbet
Under 2.5 goals at 5/6 with BetVictor
Harry Kane to score at 17/11 with Unibet
Second half to have more goals than the first at 23/20 with Betway
First goal to be scored after the 30th minute at 6/5 with Paddy Power