Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Jose Mourinho tangles with his former employers when Tottenham Hotspur welcome Manchester United to north London on Friday evening. The break in action came at a good time for Spurs, who have not won in their last six games in all competitions and are out of the FA Cup and Champions League. This clash is all about the battle for a top four finish and both teams need the points. Read on to see where to find the best betting value in what should be an entertaining game.
Spurs desperately need to return to winning ways if they are to salvage anything at all from this season. Six games without a win in all competitions is the kind of record that will have the famous intense Mourinho gnashing his teeth with rage. Captain Harry Kane’s return to action from injury should give the side a real boost. Spurs will also be hoping that Manchester City’s appeal against their European ban is successful, as that could open up fifth spot for Champions League qualification. As they are not now in any other competitions, their entire focus can be on the league.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s United side were on an excellent run before football was suspended in March. The Red Devils are on an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions, and had taken 11 points out of the last 15 on offer in the Premier League. Now fifth in the table, United are three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Forward Marcus Rashford will return to action this Friday after a lay-off due to back surgery. The England international tends to enjoy playing against Spurs, having scored three goals in the last two games against the north London team.
Manchester United won 2-1 when the sides clashed at Old Trafford in the Premier League earlier this season. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in the sixth minute, with Dele Alli equalising in the 39th. Rashford then sealed the points for United with a 49th minute strike from the penalty spot. United won 1-0 away at Spurs last season, when the north London outfit were still playing their home games at Wembley Stadium.
Manchester United often score in the first half of games. The Red Devils have scored in the first half in their last eight games. They have also scored before the break in their last seven games away from home in all competitions. United don’t perform as strongly in attack after half-time, however. If their record after half-time was all that counted, Solksjaer’s team would be in 14th place in the Premier League. BetVictor has a price of 85/40 if you think that United will ‘win’ the first half of Friday’s contest. They are priced at 17/4 at the same bookie to be leading 1-0 at half-time.
There have been 55 Premier League games between these two sides in total. United have dominated the fixture, winning 35 of those games, with 13 of those victories coming in north London. There have been 11 draws, while Spurs have beaten the Red Devils just nine times in the Premier League. Out of those nine wins, six have come at home, so Spurs will be pleased to be on home soil for this crucial clash, even without a home crowd to back them.
The return from injury of Marcus Rashford could be significant for the outcome of this match. The England forward is United’s top Premier League goalscorer with 14 strikes to his name in 2019/20. That is three more goals than Tottenham’s top scorer, Harry Kane, who will also be returning from injury on Friday evening. BetVictor have Rashford priced at 7/2 to score the game’s first goal. They also have Kane priced at 4/1, so there are some tempting odds on offer there relating to the two strikers.
Our recommended tip for this game comes from BetVictor. They are offering odds of 12/5 on the 1X2 market on the game being a draw. We think that this a good bet as we suspect that United will make a strong start before Spurs fight back in the second half and equalise. Both sides will be somewhat rusty after the long hiatus in Premier League action. This may lead to some defensive errors and we would certainly expect both teams to score in the game. Odds of 12/5 look like very good value to us.