Manchester United at Tottenham - Premier League Picks

By  Jonathan Willis

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Their new stadium might not be ready, but Tottenham Hotspur continue to make Wembley Stadium their own. Spurs are off to their best start in recent memory despite not playing in a true home field, and they are currently third in the table. They are six points behind Liverpool for first and two points off Manchester City for second, so they can’t be upset with their position. Tottenham face a tough test against a hard-charging Manchester United club this weekend though.

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Tottenham Hotspur +106

Manchester United +246

Draw +262

Over/Under 3

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Even the staunchest Jose Mourinho supporters have to be wondering what took Manchester United so long. The club floundered under Mourinho’s watch, but they have roared back into relevancy with the hiring of Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils have won four straight Premier League matches, and five in all competition, and they are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup too. He has opened up the offense, and that has sparked an offensive renaissance.

Tottenham Hotspur may have bookended the month of December with Premier League losses, but everything else has been gravy. Spurs hammered Everton and Bournemouth by a combined margin of 11-2 to climb all the way up third place, and they are still alive in three cup competitions. They made it to the knockout rounds of the Champions League, crushed Tranmere Rovers 7-0 in the FA Cup, and beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals.

Spurs stunning 3-0 win over Manchester United in Old Trafford earlier this year was the first sign that something was seriously amiss with the historic club. United had a number of chances in the first half, but couldn’t convert, while Spurs

Key Injuries

Eric Bertrand Bailly is set to miss this match for Manchester United. He picked up a red card against Bournemouth two weeks ago, and he won’t be able to return until next weekend. Marcos Rojo is out for a little while longer due to an injury, and Chris Smalling is doubtful to play due to an ankle injury. Alexis Sanchez is questionable because of a strained hamstring, while Paul Pogba is probable to play.

Victor Wanyama continues to be sidelined for Tottenham, while Jan Vertonghen is out for at least another week as well. Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele are both listed as doubtful to play because of injuries, and Lucas Moura is questionable because of a knee issue.

Player to Watch

This will be Son Heung-min’s last game before he departs for the United Arab Emirates to play for South Korea in the AFC Asian Cup. He has had a fantastic season to date. Son led South Korea to a win over Germany at the World Cup, the gold medal in the Asian Games, and he has been one of the brightest stars for Tottenham this year. Tottenham have not looked as sharp without Son in the lineup, and Harry Kane has not been as productive.

Prop Bet of the Game – Over 3 and 3.5 Goals at +125

Since taking over, Solskjaer has had Manchester United play much more aggressive. They are averaging 3.5 goals per game, as they look to push forward with Paul Pogba leading the charge. Tottenham will be happy to play that way too, and I expect this one to have four or five goals.

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The over is the best play, and I also like Tottenham. Manchester United have looked sharp, but they have yet to prove themselves against top clubs in England.

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English Premier League Odds: Tottenham Hotspur 3, Manchester United 1

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