Tottenham v Man United: Low-scoring stalemate in store

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A quick search on a reputable job site for any companies requiring a problem troubleshooter in London returned no results prior to penning this article which, considering the problems at Tottenham are so complex, seems strange.

The Lilywhites are meant to have a finger-licking-good type of attack, but would equal their longest ever Premier League barren stretch should they fail to score against Manchester United. They are also the side to have kept their sheets the most clean this season, but shipped humiliatingly large amounts to both Manchester City and West Ham.

In short, theirs is a conundrum that even the sharpest of Countdown champion would struggle to crack in the 30-second time allowance, let alone the 12 games Andre Villas-Boas has had. Nonetheless the next manager to leave market indicates time is running out on the Portuguese’s own clock and a negative result may see his reign at White Hart Lane come to an end, which is a 7/4 shot.

With a United side who are slowly creaking into gear but yet to get anything better than a point against a top-six rival away from home in town, this match is naturally difficult to call.

The history of the clash in north London points to a low-scoring stalemate, something that would have won cash in four of the last six meetings at the Lane. A fifth certainly looks to be on the cards here given Spurs’ fear of the net and David Moyes’ preference to keep things tight against the big sides, the City clash excluded.

A punt on the 14/5 about this being a draw with under 2.5 goals in it looks to be the best of a fence-sitting bunch. Although the Hotspurs’ current woes coupled with a recent record of one win in 24 league meetings with United means the 6/4 on an away win should appeal to those feeling brave.

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Matt Wiggins

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