Manchester United v Tottenham – Premier League Betting Preview and Prediction
Manchester United and Tottenham are set to clash on Wednesday, December 4, in what will be one of the most anticipated fixtures of EPL’s round 15. Both sides have had their ups and downs this term and neither have as of yet justified their tag of being one of the “Big Six”. They will, however, have a perfect chance to do just that at Old Trafford, where the struggling Red Devils will play host to the “new and improved” Spurs.
Jose Mourinho’s magic touch
People talk about Jose Mourinho and his so-called “magic touch”, which can take any club from being an average team to being champions. And while the Portuguese mastermind failed to live up to the expectations in recent years, his arrival at Tottenham ahead of round 13 helped the Spurs improve even so slightly. As it stands now, Spurs are sitting at sixth place in the league with a 5-5-4 record and 20 points next to their name, which sets them one point behind fifth-placed Crystal Palace, meaning a win here would catapult Tottenham into the top five. In regards to Tottenham’s last five fixtures, the Spurs lost to Liverpool (1:2), drew with Everton (1:1) and Sheffield United and ever since they signed Mourinho, Spurs won their next two against West Ham (2:3) and Bournemouth (3:2).
Tottenham’s bout with Bournemouth ended with Spurs claiming all three points, yet we can’t praise them too much for conceding two goals on that night. Tottenham opened the scoring in 21st minute, to which they added two more in 50th and 69th minute. Being three goals up, the hosts clearly let their guard down and conceded twice in 73rd and 90’+6 to win the game with minimal margin. While Spurs never really came close to losing that fixture, it’s surprising to see how poorly they perform in the defense, considering they also conceded two goals against West Ham (3:2) in the previous round.
Manchester United meet with their former head coach
To say the Red Devils haven’t had a strong start of the season would at this point be an understatement. As a team that entered the 2019/20 season with high ambitions to contest top spots, Man United fell flat relatively early and are now sitting mid-table with a 4-6-4 record and 18 points, which sets them eight points adrift from the top four and 22 points short of reaching Liverpool. It’s safe to say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men can throw their ambitions to claim the title right out the window, yet there is still a very solid chance they can clinch a European league spot. Looking back at their last five fixtures, United defeated Norwich (3:1), lost to Bournemouth (0:1), defeated Brighton (3:1) and drew their next two against Sheffield Utd (3:3) and Aston Villa (2:2) this past weekend.
In Man United’s clash with Villa (2:2), Man United produced 16 goal attempts and six shots on goal with 62% ball possession while Aston Villa had to settle with three shots on goal with nine-goal attempts. It would be safe to say United were the more dangerous team in the attack, yet that did not stop them from conceding twice. Their defense has been a major issue seeing how they conceded at least once in all of their last five fixtures. On average United conceded 1.6 goals in their last five and 1 goal in their last five home games.
Verdict & Prediction
Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic are both listed as questionable for the upcoming fixture. Adding to the list, Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot will also remain sidelined until they fully recover from their injuries. Tottenham on the other side have no new injury concerns, meaning they will remain without Lamela, Davies and Vorm. Lloris is a long-term absentee, who should not return to the pitch until 2020.
Looking at Tottenham, we can’t really say they significantly improved under the new coach, but with two wins behind them, morale and confidence are surely high, which, we believe will sooner or later result in stronger performances. The Red Devils on the other side have nothing to show for. Their results are mediocre at most and we can’t really say their morale is high by any means. They have had a tough start of the season and looking at their recent results, we don’t believe their form has improved even so slightly.
All things considered, Tottenham come off as a stronger team here. Not only have they shown more in recent weeks, but they also boast with a stronger team and are traveling to Manchester with high spirits. While Man United haven’t lost a single home match since the end of August, they also failed to defeat any strong team in front of their own fans, which leads us to believe they won’t have an easy time against Tottenham this Wednesday. Jose Moutinho’s return back to Old Trafford should add some flare to the game and will inspire some much-needed motivation for Spurs to win and get themselves into the top five.
Prediction: Tottenham +0.00 Asian Handicap
Odds: 2.01 Matchbook