This should be some clash from the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Tottenham have played their way into a title challenge again but as they are still chasing the top two of Liverpool and Man City, they can’t afford any slip-ups.
Will they be able to earn themselves three points at home against Manchester United on the weekend? The Red Devils are on the up under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Man Utd 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.)
This should be a great match up and it is very important one for Tottenham. They start the weekend in third place in the league and six points behind leaders Liverpool. So even though they are in the title race and have good form, there appears at the moment to be little margin for error by them if they want to keep in touch. This is going to heap a bit of extra pressure on them to perform.
But they have been performing though without question. They collected a 3-0 win at Cardiff on New Year’s Day to start the year on a positive note. Tottenham have earned six wins in their last seven league games and in that sequence of games they have taken four clean sheets. So overall things are going pretty well for them. Their only slip up in that run of seven games was a shock home loss against Wolves on December 29th last year.
But it is natural for a team, as good as they may be, to have a bad day at the office now and again. That’s to be expected but not planned for. Tottenham home form this season is W6 D3 from nine games and before that surprise defeat against Wolves, Spurs had been on a four-match winning streak at home in the top flight. The odds on Spurs to beat Manchester United are at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.).
Tottenham took a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford back at the end of August last season. It was a really dominant display from the Lilywhites and it was the prime example of what they are capable of. They showed their might and power when they hosted Chelsea back at the end of November. They totalled tore apart their London rivals in a big show of strength at Wembley putting three goals past the Blues.
Tottenham have scored at least two goals in seven of their last nine Premier League games. Will that kind of scoring threat be able to nudge them past the challenge of Manchester United who have been leaky at the back this season? Spurs have scored ten goals in their last four Premier League home fixtures and they have Harry Kane who is on a four-match scoring streak in the top flight.
Last season in this corresponding league fixture, Spurs ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Manchester United. That is a three-match home winning streak that they have going against the Red Devils at the moment. Two of the three wins in that sequence have been with a clean sheet for the Lilywhites as well.
Spurs are actually undefeated in their last six home games against Manchester United in the league (W4 D2). Tottenham have conceded just the one goal in their last four home games against Manchester United. That is a trend which they will be hoping to keep going as well as they look to keep themselves as close as possible as they can to the top two.
The Red Devils arguably have been having a better time of things since the managerial change. Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen four Premier League wins from four. But that all needs to be put into context. The first two were against Cardiff and Huddersfield, two of the bottom four currently. The next was against Bournemouth who are badly out of form.
Their most recent win on January 2nd was a 2-0 success at Newcastle, but they struggled to break down the Magpies and were largely second best for the fixture. It means that the four wins have all been against sides currently 12th or lower in the Premier League table. They will bring a scoring threat as they have averaged two goals per away game. But their victory at St James’ Park at the start of the new year snapped a run of no clean sheets in eight away games.
Tottenham look the stronger and the more settled of the two sides. It is hard to really get a feel for where Manchester United’s revival is at as they haven’t faced a serious test since Mourinho left. They were poor against Newcastle and with them having no form out at Spurs recently, it all points to some value in those odds on Tottenham to beat Manchester United at even money* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 8th, 2019 at 9:42 p.m.).
The first North London derby of the season will light up Sunday when the two old rivals meet at the Emirates. This derby encounter between Arsenal and Spurs brings about two sides carrying some great form with them at the moment. The Gunners have strung together a long unbeaten streak of form in the top flight and have every reason to be full of confidence.
But Spurs meanwhile will show up carrying the best away form of all sides in the top flight this term. The odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham are 6/4* (Betting Odds were taken on November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.). Can the Gunners be the first to inflict and away loss on the Lilywhites?
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.)
The North London derby is always a great feature of the Premier League calendar and this meeting on the weekend could see Arsenal land a big statement. The Gunners go into the game three points behind Spurs, so a win would be quite significant for Arsenal. It would also be the culmination and big reward of a great run of form from them which has seen them go unbeaten in their last eleven league outings.
The other significant marker would be Arsenal would become only the second team this season to inflict an away defeat on Tottenham. So there is plenty of incentive for Unai Emery’s men to come out and push the boat in this one. They are W4 D2 L1 at home this season and recently held out for a 1-1 tie against Liverpool after putting in a fantastic second-half performance in the game. Arsenal would also be aiming to bake it back to back league home wins over their rivals.
Arsenal collected a 2-0 home win over Spurs last season and they are unwanted in their last seven Premier League home games in the North London derby. So the odds on Arsenal to beat Tottenham at 6/4* (Betting Odds were taken from November 28th, 2018 at 6:40 p.m.) aren’t a bad proposition at all. Arsenal have put together a six-match scoring streak at home in the league and they have scored in each of their last twelve home and away combined.
Manchester City are the only side in the league to have scored more goals than Arsenal this season and with the scoring threats of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette then they are certainly capable of causing problems. It hasn’t all been about the attacking strengths that Arsenal have been developing under their new manager, they have conceded at an average of less than a goal per game at the Emirates as well. Interestingly despite their good form, they have yet to be leading at halftime in a home game.
Spurs were in good form away from home last season and they still went to the home of their rivals and suffered a defeat. The Lilywhites are W7 L1 in eight-way games this season and that is nothing to be sneezed at by any stretch of the imagination. Their one lone defeat happened out at Watford. But the interesting thing overall about their away from this season is that this will be their first test against anyone currently sat inside the top six. From their three home games against current top four sides, they are only W1 L2 this season.
So there are vulnerabilities there for them despite their massive haul of wins away from home this season. They are taking a four-match winning streak into the game as well (home and away combined) but each of their last four wins have been against sides currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table. So there is no evidence of just how well Tottenham are going to handle themselves in these big away games. Last season Spurs won just one of their away games against the other top six (at Chelsea)
We have to wait until Monday evening to get our betting teeth into the big Premier League clash of the weekend. Manchester City head south to take on Tottenham at Wembley with both sides carrying some strong form into the match. Still, it is the Citizens who are the favourites to take the three points on offer. The odds on Manchester City to beat Tottenham are 3/4 with bet365* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm)
Manchester City 3/4
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm)
No-one has gotten the better of Manchester City this season and then they have been out on the road to two of the other top four sides already. They took a 2-0 win at Arsenal at the start of the season before playing out a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in a cagey battle in their last away game. So based on those performances they should be a good value option to avoid defeat at the very least.
Can they go all the way and deliver the win to back up those odds of 3/4 on Manchester City to beat Tottenham?* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm). The Citizens have gone W2 D2 in their away games this season and they have only conceded the one goal on their travels. With a run of five straight clean sheets in the top flight, they are probably going to be very difficult for Spurs to break down.
Manchester City to win to nil is at 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm). They have the scoring power of course and Pep Guardiola’s men have scored at least 2 goals in all but one of their last six league games in the top flight. Last weekend Manchester City went out and beat Burnley 5-0. That was the third time this season that they have had produced at least five goals in a Premier League fixture.
Sergio Aguero has opened the scoring in two of their last four fixtures, scoring in three of their last four. So he has come from behind him and he is the 3/1 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm) for the clash at Wembley. Manchester City took a 3-1 win at Spurs last season which was after thumping the Lilywhites 4-1 at the Etihad. That leaves the Citizens on a three-match winning streak against Spurs in the top flight.
Spurs though are carrying a four-match winning streak into his fixture and they have gone undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home matches in the top flight. So why are they 15/4 underdogs?* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm). Their current form really has to be taken into context. In this four-match winning streak, they have been Brighton, Huddersfield, Cardiff and West Ham.
Those are all sides currently 14th or lower in the current table. Going back to their home form they have just the one clean sheet under their belt and Liverpool did get the better of them at Wembley back in the middle of September. Spurs have produced five goals at home this season in their there games, with three of these in their home opener against Fulham, who have the worst defensive record in this season’s top flight.
Harry Kane has only the one home goal this season and while he has three goals in their last six league games, two of those were from the penalty spot. So he’s not in the sharpest of scoring form, certainly not when it is stacked up against that of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. Spurs have lost both matches this season so far against sides currently in the top seven, both 2-1 reverses against Liverpool and Watford.
There are vulnerabilities there for Spurs which were shown midweek in their 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, a game which Tottenham really needed to win. Manchester City have the form and the scoring power to out-punch the Lilywhites and the odds on Manchester City to beat Tottenham at 3/4 odds looks good value* (betting odds taken on October 26th, 2018 at 6:03 pm).
The big clash in this next round of the Premier League is the one that starts off the weekend. It is Tottenham v Liverpool from Wembley as Tottenham’s new home has had some pretty big delays which may not even see them move in this year. The Lilywhites had a decent time at Wembley last season but after a loss against Watford just before the international break, they are going to be under big pressure against Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.)
Liverpool need a big performance out on the road on the weekend and given what they have produced so far this term, they look good value to get a result. Liverpool opened the season in tremendous fashion, powering their way past West Ham, but their performances since have been less about flair and a lot more about character. They haven’t produced those big fluent attacking shows but they have dug out wins over Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Leicester recently, neither of them particularly convincing wins.
But that is a good sign, that they are showing this season they are capable of winning ugly. That was missing from them last season. After four straight wins to open the season with, another one here would move the Reds six points clear of a title rival. That would be a pretty big statement so early in the season. In the bet365 correct score market a Liverpool 2-1 option is at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). That has some appeal and while we like the odds on Liverpool to beat Tottenham, we can see both teams scoring.
Even though most of the attention falls on Mo Salah when it comes to Liverpool and their goalscoring exploits, Sadio Mane has had a really strong start to the new term and he can be backed at 15/8 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.). He has four goals in four games for the Reds in the Premier League this season.
Liverpool have gone unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 games against Spurs in all competitions, so they hold a strong record. They capitulated at Wembley against Spurs last season, suffering a 4-1 loss there however that sparked them into a whole new defensive mode. Since that loss, they have conceded fewer top-flight goals than any other team. They have shipped just the one goal in their four Premier League games this season.
So they are going well at the back and they will have seen how poorly Spurs played in their defeat against Watford just before the international break. There should be weaknesses there for the Reds to exploit. Liverpool are on a five-match winning streak in the Premier League and they have also been winning at half time and at full time in each of those five games. Throw that on top of their good recent head to head form against Tottenham and they look a solid option.
The odds on Liverpool to beat Tottenham are at 13/10 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from September 12th, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.) appeal. This will be their biggest game of the season so far, their toughest test. But just the fact that they have shown that they can win ugly this season will go a long way. It looks like a really tough call to make on this one, but of the two, Liverpool look the more assured of themselves. Spurs have only one clean sheet to their name this season.
We feel that there is enough there for Liverpool to have success in this one. Tottenham were poor against Watford in their loss and that shows that if their Plan A isn’t working, they don’t have a back up plan at all and they look flimsy. Liverpool look much stronger at the back this season and they can come up with the edge. We are backing the odds on Liverpool to beat Tottenham.
There is a great looking clash coming on the weekend from Vicarage Road in the Premier League between two sides who have made the strongest starts possible. Both have collected maximum points from their opening three games. Despite Watford’s great and somewhat unexpected start to the new season, it is Tottenham who will be kicking off on Sunday evening as the favourite for three points.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 30th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
When you look at the fixtures that the two of these have played this season, then it is Tottenham who have had the tougher tests. The proof of that is basically in last Monday’s trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Even though Spurs failed to find their gear in the first half of that game, they turned it on after the break to produce a 3-0 success in the game, pounding out a big advantage after the break.
In their two away games this season Spurs banked a 2-1 win at Newcastle and then that win at Old Trafford. In total they have scored eight goals and they have produced at least two goals per game so far this season. So they have the goals flowing from them and Harry Kane has had a great start to the season as well with two goals in his last two and he is the 5/2 first goalscorer favourite for this fixture* (Betting Odds were taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).
Lucas Moura has started with a bang though with three in his last two games for the club. Spurs posted a W10 D4 L5 record on the road for the season in the last campaign and it did fall away a bit at the end of the term. However, the Lilywhites have such strong form going against Watford because they have won nine of their last ten matches against the Hornets in all competitions which is a phenomenal run of head to head form.
Spurs got four points from their two games against the Hornets last season, but because Watford have started well we are going to have to consider both teams getting on the scoresheet in this fixture. Both teams to score is at 3/4 odds with bet365 but if you wanted to push it out you can take a Tottenham To Win & Both Teams to Score bet at 11/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 30th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.).
After their great work at Old Trafford last weekend Spurs won’t want to slip up before they head into the international break. They will want that hot momentum to continue and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last four Premier League games. They are also actually on a five-match winning streak in the English top flight. So certainly the form and trends are there.
They should be pretty much as they were from last Monday on their trip to Old Trafford. Erik Lamela missed that could and is a doubt for the game. While Son Heung-Min is at the Asian Games with South Korea. So even though Watford, who have won three from three will be confident, Spurs may edge it. Watford’s wins have been against Brighton, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace. This will be their first real test.
How will Manchester United handle this kind of pressure? After a shock loss out at Brighton last weekend in what was a really disjointed and poor performance, the pressure will be on them to avoid back to back defeats so early in the season.
With the other front-runners in the league title like Man City and Liverpool getting off to 100% starts, United can’t afford to drop further back. This is a tough game for them against a Spurs side who have also come out of the block strongly for the season. But the Red Devils will be banking on their strong home form over the Lilywhites.
Manchester United 6/4
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 23rd, 2018 at 11:32 p.m.)
This is where Manchester United need to step up to the plate. After opening with 2-1 home success over Leicester on the first weekend of the new season, there were enough bright moments in that game from the Red Devils to suggest that they were going to be alright. However, they were rocked to their core as they suffered a 3-2 defeat down at the Amex against Brighton in their second fixture of the season.
Manchester United looked disjointed, lacked any urgency and the body language of a lot of the players looked off-key. There was a lot of unrest in the summer at Manchester United, stemming from the top in Jose Mourinho. He has been playing up to the media and painting the picture of someone who is very unsettled and perhaps even getting set to make an exit strategy from the club.
However, the Red Devils could put all those stresses behind them with a strong performance at home on Monday night against Spurs. It is certainly one that they can’t afford to lose as that would leave them six points adrift of the Lilywhites after just three games of the season. So this is where Mourinho’s resolve and the resolve of his players has to all come together to produce a win. Manchester United are at 6/4 odds to beat Tottenham* (Betting Odds were taken on August 23rd, 2018 at 11:32 p.m.).
Manchester United we’re strong on home soil posting a W15 D2 L2 record for the season and conceding just the nine goals along the way. That was a powerful output. They want out of their five home games against the other top-six finishers from last season as well, the only exception a defeat against Manchester City. There was a trend in those home wins for United, as they were all by a one-goal margin only. Each of United’s last three home wins in the league have been by a one-goal margin.
Both Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have opened their accounts this season. Manchester United to win by a one-goal margin is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 23rd, 2018 at 11:32 p.m.). There have been positives from them this season even if their opening win over Leicester was not totally convincing and their loss against Brighton was a setback. They have netted two goals exactly in each of their games so their attack in some regard is working. So that should offer them a glimmer of hope back on home soil in this one.
In the bet365 correct score market a Manchester United 1-0 result is at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 23rd, 2018 at 11:32 p.m.) and that will probably have a bit of appeal to punters. Jose Mourinho generally is a pretty reliable source when it comes to these top clashes. He is not afraid to shut up shop or park the bus when those things are necessary. It will be interesting to see what he does because his defensive partnership of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof were so bad last week against Brighton, that Mourinho could drop them both and switch to a back three.
United are undefeated in 35 of their last 37 home games and they have also been winning at both half time and full time in all but one of their last six home games as well in the top flight. Manchester United can’t afford for this downtrodden attitude to affect them, certainly not in this first really big test of the new season. Who would put it past Mourinho producing the goods when it matters most once again?
We can see Manchester United doing enough on home soil to collect a win in this one. Mourinho is great at these big games, especially at home and they don’t need a great performance, they just need to shut down the threat of Spurs and go from there. They can spoil the afternoon of the visitors. Home win.