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Tottenham v Manchester United: Red Devils to take revenge at Spurs

| 19.01.2013

Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United at White Hart Lane looking to complete a Premier League double over the Red Devils.

The North Londoners are not the favourites for victory on home soil however, priced at 2/1 for victory with Ladbrokes.

Their opponents are the shorter 5/4 odds to win, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side having won on eight of his last 11 trips to the lane.

United’s away form is the best in the division, but having lost to Andre Villas-Boas’ improving Spurs side earlier in the season the visitors will be cautious when they travel to the capital.

The draw will be favoured by punters finding it difficult to separate the two teams – who are both unbeaten in seven games – and is available at 5/2.

But couple United’s persistent record at Tottenham and their recent good form and it seems that supporting the away team in the draw no bet market would be a wise move at 8/13.

With defensive midfielder Sandro ruled out for the rest of the season with injury and striker Emmanuel Adebayor away on international duty, Spurs are a somewhat weakened force for this encounter.

Gareth Bale remains one to watch, 7/1 to score first, but the Welshman will find his side’s task all the more testing without their usual first-team regulars.

With Wayne Rooney (11/8 to score anytime) back in the United squad, Ferguson has options up front as regards to who he starts alongside the prolific Robin Van Persie.

The Scot may go with five in midfield and keep things tight, but if the league leaders are to get a positive result at White Hart Lane then it is likely that Van Persie’s name will appear on the scoresheet.

The Dutchman has 10 goals in his last 10 games, and is proving the £24m United paid rivals Arsenal for his services to be great value.

The Red Devils past seven wins have seen Van Persie find the target, and at evens to strike anytime he is perhaps a better selection to support than an outright match result.

As a former Gunner the 29-year-old is well versed in big games against Tottenham, and he could even repeat his performance against Liverpool by breaking the deadlock again at 4/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Jamie Dickenson