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Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur Pick

Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur and Pick to Win
Date:Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Where: English Premier League – White Hart Lane – Tottenham, Greater London, UK
by Keith, Professional Soccer/Football Handicapper, Predictem

Match Odds: Manchester United 43/10, Tottenham 4/5, Draw 3/1
Moneyline: Manchester United +430, Tottenham -120, Draw +300
Over/Under Best Market: UNDER 2.5 20/21 (-105)

Given the fact these two teams are within the top-five of the Premier League table, this game will still have all the appeal even if the Blues are Chelsea are set to be this year’s champions barring some form of a catastrophe. It’s Tottenham Hotspur against the Red Devils of Manchester United. The festivities are set to take place this time in London at the historic White Hart Lane, where the Red Devils will continue their London road trip. The Spurs remain unbeaten at White Hart Lane as they have not lost there this season. While the Spurs are not mathematically eliminated from the English Premier League title, they are seven points behind with just three games to go. Chelsea would essentially have to lose all three games and Tottenham would have to win out for such an event to occur. Given the fact Chelsea has a rather comfortable schedule to close out their campaign, Tottenham should be thinking more along the lines of securing yet another Champions League qualification.

For the Spurs in particular, many question their morale after they were defeated by cross-city rival West Ham United. This game in essence was three points left on the table for Spurs and as a result likely cost them an opportunity force Chelsea’s hand down the backstretch whilst vying for the English Premier League title. The movement would signal Tottenham’s second consecutive runner-up finish. For Manchester United, the Red Devils have diverted their attention elsewhere after losing to Arsenal to the Emirates, last week.

For Tottenham, there is still one thing worth playing for in addition to securing their position: the fact that they can finish unbeaten at White Hart Lane. This is something that the Tottenham faithful and the personnel of this football club pride themselves on and nothing would serve as a better exclamation point then serving up a defeat to Manchester United in the closing stages of the Premier League 2016/17 campaign. Tottenham may look to one-up their arch rivals Arsenal and shell the Red Devils by a greater margin than the Gunners did when they orchestrated a 2-0 defeat of the Reds in Highbury. Overall, Tottenham has certainly exerted their will as a top London club in their past two campaigns.

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Since enduring several injuries, Manchester United has hit a nasty skid which has challenged and liquidated their depth. United’s offense has seemingly looked non-existent against Arsenal and there is the potential for the Reds to encounter trouble yet again here as they have let the ship sail on a top-four finish. For Man United, they are thinking Europa League or bust. A draw at Old Trafford gets them into the Europa League Championship and a chance to play-in for Champions League play in 2017, all Mourinho has to do is focus on one game in the second leg of the Europa League Semifinals. The books are astute to this situation and thus United is priced at a deceptively good price here.

However, we will not bite here. With much of the public expressing a lack of faith in Tottenham after their shocking loss combined with that tasty offering with Man United, we can get the second best team in the EPL for just a bit more than a standard vig. It is often a rarity to get Tottenham at home at close to evens, so we will dive right in. In Over/Under Goal Markets we will go ahead and call for the UNDER 2.5 as scoring will likely be minimized on Manchester United’s end with Tottenham relying on an economical attack to generate a convincing win. We stand to risk two units for the potential of collecting 1.75 units if we are successful. Chalk it is in a rare situation.

Manchester United Recent Form
L – Arsenal 0-2
D – Swansea City 1-1
D – Manchester City 0-0
W – Burnley 2-0
W – Chelsea 2-0

Tottenham Hotspur Recent Form
L – West Ham United 0-1
W – Arsenal 2-0
W –Crystal Palace 1-0
L – Chelsea 2-4
W – Bournemouth 4-0

Keith's Prediction for the Game: TOTTENHAM 4/5 (-120) and UNDER 2.5 20/21 (-105).

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