Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur and Pick to Win
Date:Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Where: English Premier League The Lane Tottenham, Greater London, UK
by Keith, Professional Soccer/Football Handicapper, Predictem
Match Odds: Manchester United 13/10, Tottenham 12/5, Draw 5/2
Moneyline: Manchester United +130, Tottenham +240, Draw +250
Over/Under Best Market: OVER 2.5 1/1 (+100/EVENS)
The English Premier League will crack on with a scintillating match-up of two teams deadlocked for the second and third positions on the table, when London and Manchester square off yet again. This time the combatants will be the Red Devils of Manchester United and the Spurs of Tottenham Hotspur. The contest will take place in the Greater London area when United travel down to White Hart Lane on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 to meet with their adversaries.
Given the fact these two teams are within the top-three of the Premier League table, this game will have plenty of implications for both teams moving forward. United are still reeling from the effects of a shocking defeat when Huddersfield Town defeated their neighbors just to the south in a 2-1 barnburner, last Saturday. The Reds have responded recently with a win against Swansea City but the defeat was nothing less than historic for Huddersfield who were promoted to the Premiership for the 2017/18 campaign. Given the firepower acquired by Man U in the transfer window, such a loss is deemed unacceptable if they wish to keep pace with their cross-city rival Manchester City who sit at the top of the table now with a five-point lead.
For the Spurs in particular, this squad is red hot at the moment. The Spurs come in off a 4-1 shelling of Liverpool and have won five of their previous six fixtures overall. The Spurs remain unbeaten over this stretch. Tottenham will look to wield some home cooking against the invaders as they play at a different level at The Lane. This is something that the Spurs faithful and the personnel of this football club pride themselves on. The Spurs are primed to take advantage of a possibly still-beleaguered Manchester United and press forward from there. Lest us forget, Tottenham up-ended an unbeaten Manchester City at home last year when they curated hosting duties. The combination of Kane and Alli is nothing short of catalytic and electric. The two can ignite The Lane with the touch of a ball and can serve to be a serious issue for an offensive-oriented Manchester United.
United skipper Jose Mourinho expressed discontent in the opening stages of the 2017/18 campaign because he felt the Red Devils were too concerned with playing a video game style. The Reds simply love to score and not worry about anything else but this has proven to be a reckless approach to the game. Despite the eyesore loss to Huddersfield Town, the Reds have also four of their last six fixtures. Manchester United was simply playing at a superfluous level in the early stages of their endeavors and were bound to hit a bump in the road at some point. The same can now be argued for the Spurs who are priced very long given the fact they are playing this one in their own yard.
However, it is essential here not bite on Tottenham with enhanced odds at home as many books argue that a draw is nearly as likely. Instead, what we have purveyed is an ideal buy-back opportunity on United who are likely offered at above-evens due to last weeks course of events. Manchester United is positioned here to lay siege to The Lane and strike with fury. The attack of Pogba, Matic, Martial, and Lukaku can be nothing short of a nightmare to defend even for a fundamentally sound team such as Tottenham. Even if United were to concede they have plenty of ammunition to score in bursts. Thus, while the stock is low we will go ahead and book United at a quality place combined with the Over 2.5 which has equity at evens. All in all, we stand to risk two units to gather 2.3 if successful on both wagers.
Manchester United Recent Form
W Swansea City 2-0
L Huddersfield Town 1- 2
W Benfica 1-0
D Liverpool 0-0
W Crystal Palace 4-0
Tottenham Hotspur Recent Form
W Liverpool 4-1
D Real Madrid 1-1
W Bournemouth 1-0
W Huddersfield Town 4-0
W Apoel Nicosia 3-0
Keith’s Prediction for the Game: MANCHESTER UNITED 13/10 (+130) and OVER 2.5 1/1 (+100/EVENS).
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