Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview
The Premier League went on a short pause last weekend as the clubs competed in the FA Cup instead. England’s top football competition returns with another set of entertaining matches this week, though, and the clash between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will attract a lot of attention. The kick-off at Old Trafford is scheduled for 4:30 pm on Sunday, January 13.
The two teams are racing for European spots in 2023/24, although the visitors are in a much better position to achieve it. As it will become clear in our Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur prediction, the hosts have had a very tough campaign so far.
Manchester United Preview
The Red Devils finished in the Premier League top four last term, giving the fans a lot of hope ahead of the new campaign. However, 20 matches into the 2023/24 league season later, Man United find themselves sitting eighth in the table with 31 points.
Erik Ten Hag’s men have a goal difference of 22 scored and 27 conceded, the worst among the top 10 clubs in England. Their recent form is not favourable either, with one win, one draw and three losses in the last five Premier League outings.
The list of absentees cannot be ignored in our Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur tips either. The hosts are left without Tyrell Malacia, Mason Mount, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire (all injured), as well as Andre Onana and Sofyan Amrabat who are away on international duty.
Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Spurs were the big surprise of 2023/24 as Ange Postecoglou’s men were sitting first in the Premier League at some point. The team suffered a downturn in form in November but is back on the winning track, currently placed fifth in the table with 39 points.
The Lilywhites have scored 42 and conceded 29 goals. As for recent form, the visitors boast four wins and one loss in recent weeks.
The visitors cannot count on Ivan Perisic, Manon Solomon, Cristian Romero, and Alejo Veliz (injured), as well as Heung-min Son, Yves Bissouma and Pepe Matar Sarr (international duty). All things considered, it is obvious why the Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur odds doesn’t have a clear favourite.
Betting Tips for Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Both teams to score? Yes
The attentive reader would have noticed that defence is not the forte for both of the teams involved. It will only makes sense starting the Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur prediction by saying that both teams will score on Sunday. Betfair offers 1.40 odds on it to happen.
Man United have just one clean sheet in the last five matches – the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on December 17. If you watched the derby, though, you remember that the Red Devils deserved to concede at least once in that game. With their starting goalkeeper away for international duty, Ten Hag’s boys will have it even harder on Sunday, especially against such a strong attack.
Spurs, too, have just one clean sheet in the last five league outings, as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 on the road last month. That game aside, the London-based team conceded in every Premier League match starting with October 23. Even a depleted Man United should be able to score against them.
Over 2.5 goals
With two problematic defences going head to head, it will be time for the attackers to shine this weekend, and we expect more than just two goals at Old Trafford. The odds on over 2.5 goals stand at 1.45 on Betfair.
To back it up with numbers, four out of Spurs’ recent five Premier League matches ended with three goals or more. The exception was the aforementioned win over Forest. As for Man United, they were involved in three high-scoring matches during the same period.
Ten Hag has tried to be more conservative in his approach, especially against big rivals, but it has barely resulted in any success. It is high time the Red Devils started to gather points, otherwise they will not qualify even for UEFA Conference League football. On the other hand, Man United pushing high will offer just the perfect opportunity for Tottenham to exploit the free spaces behind.
Both teams have a lot people either out with injuries or away on international duty. However, one could argue that the visitors are at a bigger disadvantage here since they have lost their captain and main attacking threat Heung-min Son because of the AFC Asian Cup.
Thus, while Tottenham may be in better form at the moment, we can see the multiple departures hurting Postecoglou’s team in the coming month. Man United may have just enough firing power to keep Spurs to a draw on Sunday. Bet365 offers 3.00 odds on a tie.
The hosts have been an all-or-nothing team this term, registering just one draw since the start of the 2023/24 Premier League. Spurs are not much different, with just three ties to date. Nevertheless, a draw reads like the most likely outcome given the circumstances.
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