One hoodoo was broken last week when Harry Kane finally scored a Premier League goal in August. Time for another this week as Tottenham bid to end a run of four straight defeats at Old Trafford without a single goal being scored but could they be playing United at the right time?
Tottenham have made a good start to the season, at least on the pitch, that is. While rumblings continue over the lack of summer signings and expensive stadium delays, they have opened their Premier League campaign with two wins.
Manchester United also have problems off the field with reports of a rift between Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward but they also have issues to deal with on the pitch. A win at home to Leicester City was followed by a dismal display at Brighton and Hove Albion last Sunday. Another lack-lustre performance here would put even more pressure on Mourinho and Tottenham will be hoping to capitalise on the disarray surrounding Old Trafford. Manchester United vs Tottenham prediction pundits believe Spurs have an excellent chance to take home a positive result and punters can back the north Londoners are odds of 2.8 to win this game.
A Look at Tottenham’s Betting Odds
Questions have been asked of Tottenham after they failed to sign a single player during the summer transfer window but Mauricio Pochettino has already built an impressive young squad. The last three Premier League seasons have seen Tottenham finish in the top three, a consistency they haven’t had since the late 1950s and early 1960s when they won what was then the English First Division.
However, despite finishing third last season, Tottenham were still 23 points adrift of champions Manchester City and fans rightly felt they needed to strengthen the squad to close that gap. Improvement in the Champions League was another reason to strengthen the squad after a last sixteen defeat by Juventus last term.
Perhaps the key for Tottenham is the fact that they didn’t lose any of their major players this summer with the likes of Harry Kane and Hueng-min Son signing new contracts and they’re benefiting from having a settled squad that’s grown together in recent years.
They opened their season with a 2-1 win at Newcastle United and while it was a vital three points for the Londoners, Dele Alli grabbed the headlines for his goal celebration. You can back the England attacker to score against United at odds of 4.3.
Three points in the bag wasthe best response to their critics but Harry Kane looked short of fitness at St James’ Park and only had four touches in the Newcastle penalty box. With only two more chances to score this month the pressure was on as Tottenham hosted Fulham at Wembley last weekend.
Lucas Moura broke the deadlock and although Fulham got back in the game in the second half, Kieran Trippier restored Tottenham’s lead before Kane finally scored a goal in August to secure a routine 3-1 victory and make it two wins out of two for the season. Kane is 4.5 to be the first goal-scorer against United and 2.1 to score anytime in the game.
Statistics Not in Tottenham’s Favour
Now they head to Old Trafford knowing a win would take them six points clear of United at this early stage in the season. Recent form at Old Trafford isn’t impressive though with four straight defeats in the Premier League and no goals scored. The last three visits have all ended in 1-0 defeats. Only twice since 1989 have Tottenham won away to United and their last meeting ended in a FACup semi-final defeat earlier this year.
Winning at Old Trafford is never easy (only Manchester City and WBA won league games their last season) but Tottenham come in to the game in the better form so a double chance bet on Spurs to win or draw looks a good one at odds of 1.55.