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Man Utd v Tottenham betting tips: Spurs can pile misery on struggling Reds

| 11.03.2022

Man Utd v Tottenham betting tips and odds

The biggest Premier League game of the weekend is Saturday’s televised battle between top-four hopefuls Manchester United and Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Fifth-placed United are just a point adrift of Arsenal, who have three games in hand, so it is essential they start winning games if they are to be playing in the Champions League next season.

A win for Antonio Conte’s side would see them leapfrog their opponents, but the hosts are 11/10 favourites so let’s look at some of the talking points and odds in our Man Utd v Tottenham betting tips.

Man Utd v Tottenham form

Ralf Rangnick’s side take on their Champions League-chasing rivals hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s humiliating 4-1 defeat in the Manchester derby after which they were heavily criticised by former players Roy Keane and Gary Neville for throwing in the towel.

Cristiano Ronaldo was absent for the game with a hip flexor injury although rumours were flying in all directions that the Portuguese star had been dropped, which has since been proved not to be the case.

The defeat ended an eight-match unbeaten run for the Red Devils who have drawn three of their last six Premier League games.

A share of the spoils is priced at 5/2, with goals thrown into the mix available at 16/5, but no team has drawn fewer games than Spurs’ three this season, so on balance there is likely to be a winner as there has been in 14 of the last 15 meetings between the clubs in all competitions.

Tottenham have been very inconsistent lately, so it’s hard to predict how they will perform, although their last couple of Premier League games have been very encouraging.

Spurs thrashed Leeds 4-0 in what turned out to be Marcelo Bielsa’s last game in charge of United and on Monday hammered Everton 5-0 in front of their own fans.

In between, a strong Tottenham side, like United, were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Middlesbrough six days after they had lost at Burnley.

When we add their 3-2 win at champions Manchester City into the equation, the picture becomes even more muddled.

Conte, one of the leading contenders in the next Man Utd manager odds, said that Spurs were starting to look “stronger” since his arrival and insists they “can fight” for a Champions League place.

The Red Devils lacked spirit last weekend, so Spurs to win at 12/5 is one of our Man Utd v Tottenham betting tips, while they can also be backed to win to nil for a third time at 6/1.

The last seven games at Old Trafford in all competitions have all involved two goals or fewer which is available at 11/10.

Man Utd v Tottenham head to head

Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford were all on target in United’s 3-0 win in north London at the end of October which was the third successive time the away team had won in meetings between these teams.

All three games involved at least three goals and Spurs are 8/1 to win that way bearing in mind they won 6-1 on their last visit to Old Trafford!

Four of the last five meetings have involved goals at both ends which is 4/7 and with three of those games producing a winner, we like the look of both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and either team to win at 11/8.

Tottenham to win or draw, both teams to score in the second half and over 2.5 goals in the match looks an interesting option at 9/2.

Key Battles

Everton found it difficult handling the intensity of Tottenham’s players on Monday and that could be the case for United, who started with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba up front at the Etihad.

Conte lined his players up in his preferred 3-4-2-1 formation with Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski playing behind the excellent Harry Kane.

Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty, who has come in for criticism from some quarters this season, played out wide with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentacur in the middle.

Rangnick was without Ronaldo and key defender Raphael Varane last weekend and the German will be keen to welcome back these key players for the clash with Spurs.

Man Utd v Tottenham team news

Ronaldo and Cavani are both back in training, but it remains to be seen whether Rashford starts in place of Anthony Elanga having been a sub on Sunday.

With Ronaldo back in the frame, Fernandes and Pogba will be back in midfield, while Varane and Luke Shaw will hopefully return having missed the City defeat with Covid.

For Spurs, Sessegnon, whose cross was diverted in by Michael Keane to break the deadlock on Monday, came off injured and is doubtful, so Sergio Reguilon is ready to step in,

Doherty’s excellent recent displays at right wing-back means he is likely to start ahead of Emerson Royal.

Goalscorer Odds

Kane and Son both scored twice here almost 18 months ago and they are 9/2 and 5/1 respectively to break the deadlock or 17/10 and 9/5 to find the net in our Man Utd v Tottenham betting tips.

Son got the ball rolling in a 3-1 defeat by United in April last year and scored Spurs’ second against the Toffees on Monday.

Doherty and Kulusevski have looked lively in recent games and are 9/1 and 16/5 to get on the scoresheet.

However, Ronaldo is the favourite to get the game’s first goal at 4/1, while Cavani is 17/10 score in his third successive appearance against Spurs, although he is unlikely to start on Saturday.

Jadon Sancho scored a beauty at the Etihad and is 7/1 and 3/1 in the two markets, while Harry Maguire and Varane are 9/1 and 16/1 to find the net.

Match Info

Where: Old Trafford

When: 17:30, Saturday 12th March

How to watch: Sky Sports

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner