Manchester United face a critical home game against Spurs as Jose Mourinho desperately tries to shake off talk of another below-par season unfolding and will try to bounce back from surprising defeat to Brighton. The game between Man United and Tottenham will take place at the Old Trafford on August 27th, 2018
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Three-Way: 1: Man United +154; X: +229 Draw; 2: Tottenham +200 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: Man United -120; Tottenham +110
Total 2.5 goals: Over +100; Under -125
A shock United loss against Brighton & Hove Albion in the previous round cemented the club’s worst start to a Premier League season since 2014/15. Additionally, that match saw the Red Devils concede three first-half goals in a game for just the tenth time in the club’s history in the EPL. They were lucky to beat Leicester in the opening round, but this time around, not only that they didn’t have luck, but United didn’t deserve a better result at Brighton.
Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy gave Brighton a 2-0 lead in space of three minutes, and although RomeluLukaku cut the deficit to half in the 34th minute, another shock occurred by the end of the first half. Pascal Gross converted a penalty in the 44th minute, and all Man United could do in the second half is to score a consolation goal from the penalty spot through Paul Pogba in the injury time.
Pogba is under a lot of pressure in this campaign especially with his captain armband and he already scored a pair of goals. Even though both goals came from penalties, the French midfielder could surpass his EPL tally of seven, and at +350 to score anytime against Tottenham, I believe he is worth of try.
- Manchester United lost just two of their last 37 league games at home
- The Red Devils were up at HT/FT in five of their last six matches
With a third-straight win, Tottenham would make their best start to a Premier League season since 2009/10. Spurs are one of five clubs to begin the campaign with two straight wins but have not appeared settled as yet. They played an unfamiliar back three for the first time since November 2017 against Fulham last weekend.
Still, that wasn’t a problem as Spurs secured a deserved 3-1 victory thanks to Lucas Moura, Kieran Trippier, who scored a magnificent goal from a direct free-kick, while Harry Kane sealed the deal in the 77th minute. Kane finally broke his August curse as he scored his first-ever Premier League goal in the opening month of the season and he could go on to score 30+ in 2018/19.
Harry Kane has scored just once against United in seven league games – by far his worst rate against any of the five other EPL teams not to be relegated. However, Kane already ended one negative tradition, so if you want to back him to score at the Old Trafford on Monday, you can do it at +110.
- Spurs lost just two of their last 22 Premier League matches
- Tottenham’s last three games have seen over 2.5 goals scored in total
The Old Trafford is not a happy hunting ground for Spurs as they have just two wins at the ground in the Premier League era (1992-present) and none since 2014. United won five out of the previous eight H2H encounters and the visitors are without a victory in this fixture since Spurs’ win in January 2014. The last draw between the sides occurred in December 2014 when it was 0-0 at White Hart Lane and I believe we could see a draw on this one.
MY PICK: Draw (+229)