Man Utd v Tottenham – Old Trafford at 14:15 live on Sky Sports 1
Both Man Utd and Tottenham have identical home and away records respectively this season, so a close match is expected. It’s the hosts that are in need of the 3 points to not drift further behind the Champions League places, but the visitors are the value bet on the Asian Handicap market.
United come into this match on the back of a Europa League win but it was a taxing and difficult trip to the Ukraine. They defeated FC Zorya 2-0 to secure a place in the last 32 of the competition, but domestically their form is far from encouraging.
The Red Devil’s have won just one of their last 8 Premier League matches, but it also has to be mentioned they have lost just once in that period.
Their last 3 matches have ended in 1-1 draws. West Ham, Arsenal and Everton all held Utd despite being the poorer side. The hosts performances are improving but results still aren’t going their way.
Thankfully for United fans, Zlatan is back on the score sheet after a dry spell, scoring 4 in his last 3 EPL appearances. They also boast a near fully fit squad. Just Chris Smalling remains sidelined for the hosts.
It’s already been a bit of an up and down season for Spurs already this term. It started well but a poor run throughout October and November has seen them exit the Champions League, EFL Cup and slip 7 points behind leaders Chelsea.
They lost their unbeaten league run against Chelsea two games ago but bounced back with a 5-0 win over Swansea last time which will build some confidence.
The absence of Harry Kane was felt throughout their disappointing couple of months, but the England striker is back and amongst the goals. Since his return, Tottenham have scored 10 goals in four league games, with Kane grabbing 5 of those. He will be the biggest threat to the Utd defence this Sunday.
Another positive for the visitors is the return of Toby Alderweireld, arguably the best centre half in the EPL. He came on in midweek for the last 20 minutes and should feature this weekend.
With identical home and away records, I don’t see too much that will separate these two sides. There is no doubt that United are improving but results aren’t forthcoming.
Spurs’ difficult spell looks to be over and they are getting back to their best.
Although they are away from home, Spurs will fancy their chances of getting something at Old Trafford on Sunday. United have not won at home in their last 4 league games and I think the visitors are good value to extend that to 5.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Tottenham +0.5 at 1.79
Prices correct at time of writing.
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