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Man United v Tottenham
The Premier League weekend draws to a close with a fascinating clash between Man United and Spurs. As ever here on Andy’s Bet Club, we’re all over every Premier League game this weekend, with our usual range of Premier League bet builders and Premier League accumulators. Not only that, but away from these shores we also have various expert football tips & predictions from across Europe and beyond.
Manchester United welcome an exciting Tottenham Hotspur side to Old Trafford as the curtain falls on the weekend’s Premier League action. With these two sides vying for Champions League football next season, and given the fact they are experiencing very different campaigns, this is set up to be an intriguing fixture and it should be an absolute cracker for the neutral.
Erik ten Hag comes into this fixture as he has done all season long, under increasing pressure as the manager of the Red Devils. The 2-1 loss on the road against Nottingham Forest last time out was their fourth defeat in seven league games and means that the hosts are now nine points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, and their hopes of clinching that coveted top four place seems an uphill task.
Tottenham Hotspur arrive here following their FA Cup win over Burnley last Friday night and hope to continue their good form in the league. Manager Ange Postecoglou will have been delighted by his side’s reaction to a dip in form, as having been winless in five matches, losing four of those, the visitors have now won four of their previous five and should come here confident of getting a result.
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🏆 Match stats: Spurs to contribute to a thriller
This game has all the ingredients to be an absolute thriller, with goals aplenty. Tottenham Hotspur secured their first win in six head to head meetings in the reverse fixture, with the last victory before that coming at Old Trafford when they destroyed their hosts 6-1. After a recent difficult period, where they lost four in five, the visitors have rediscovered that early season form, winning five of their last six.
Manchester United have scored 22 goals in the league this season, at an average of just over one per game, but it’s their defence that has drawn plenty of criticism, as they have conceded 27 at the other end. That’s no surprise when you consider that regular first team defenders Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelöf and a rejuvenated Harry Maguire are all currently in the treatment room with injury.
Tottenham Hotspur have been value for money this season, scoring 42 goals, but they have been poor at times at the back, conceding 29 themselves. With their attacking mentality, they are sure to cause the opposition defence plenty of problems and are fancied to grab themselves at least one goal here. However, a potent attack that includes Marcus Rashford can hurt them at the other end.
⚽ Both teams to score @ 1.36
⚽ Tottenham double chance @ 1.62
🎯 Shooting stats: Tottenham all over the target
The change in philosophy under Postecoglou has been well documented and this is a completely different Tottenham Hotspur side, compared to the one that lost 2-0 here last season with Antonio Conte in charge, and a much more exciting and offensive performance is expected from the away side this time around. As a result, one angle to focus on is shots on target, and there is plenty of value for the visitors here.
Liverpool are the only side to take more shots than Tottenham Hotspur this season, with Postecoglou’s side registering an impressive 117 on target in their 20 league games. That’s an average of 5.85 per 90 minutes and is the fourth-highest in the Premier League. Manchester United have given up 93 on target in their 20 games at a rate of 4.65 per game, with even Wigan Athletic having two in the FA Cup.
The visitors also had 6 on target in the reverse fixture and a similar outcome is expected here. Despite top scorer Son Heung-Min away at the Asia Cup, there is still enough firepower in this side to cause plenty of problems, not least new arrival Timo Werner who can make an instant impact.
⚽ Timo Werner to have 1+ shots on target @ 1.40
⚽ Tottenham to have 5+ shots on target @ 1.62
⛳ Corners stats: Count on several Corners
The corner count is an interesting angle for this game, especially as it’s expected to be played at a frenetic pace, which could result in a number of set plays. In the last five head to head encounters between these two sides, the total match corners read as follows: 11, 14, 11, 9 and 11. Therefore backing 11 or 12 in this one makes plenty of sense, especially at rather generous prices.
Manchester United have amassed 126 corners in the Premier League this season, at a rate of 6.3 per game, and that is coincidentally the fourth-most in the division behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal. With Rashford and Garnacho hitting the byline with regularity, there is every chance they win themselves a fair few in this game, and it’s more than possible they hit their seasonal average.
Similarly, Tottenham Hotspur themselves win a fair few corners having racked up 107 in their 20 league fixtures this season. That’s an average of 5.35 per game and combining that with the average of the Red Devils, that amounts to 11.65 per match.
⚽ Over 10.5 corners @ 1.60
⚽ Over 11.5 corners @ 2.0
🛑 Fouls stats: Full backs on the radar
John Brooks will officiate this game, and with the high intensity expected here, that could result in plenty of fouls. The man in the middle is currently averaging 23.92 fouls per game this season, and that certainly warrants a look at the fouls markets. With the pace of the Manchester United wingers, there is definitely plenty of value in backing the Tottenham Hotspur full backs for a foul or two.
Pedro Porro is likely to be tasked with marking Marcus Rashford, who will operate down the left-hand side. The Spanish defender has already committed 19 fouls this term at an average of one per game, collecting three yellow cards. Rashford, meanwhile, draws around a foul per game and looked really sharp against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup.
Destiny Udogie is always good for a foul and this game should be no different for the tenacious defender. He will most probably be matched up with Alejandro Garnacho, who is bang in form at the moment. With Udogie committing a staggering 28 fouls in the league (1.65 per game), matched up against a player who has drawn 27 fouls (1.50 per game), this looks likely to be a mismatch which causes the Italian to commit at least a couple of fouls.
⚽ Pedro Porro to commit 1+ foul @ 1.50
⚽ Destiny Udogie to commit 2+ fouls @ 1.87
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* All odds displayed correct at the time of publishing.
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