Tottenham v Man United: Poch’s men to continue fine home form

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Manchester United suffered a first Premier League defeat since October when they travelled to the Emirates last weekend. And that loss is likely to be followed by another gloomy day in North London as they face Tottenham on Sunday.

Spurs boast comfortably the best home record in the division so far, with their previous 18 home games yielding 16 victories and two draws. Oh, and they’ve only conceded eight goals (or 0.44 per game) in the process.

As for Jose Mourinho’s men, they’re enduring something of a wobble at present. They’ve won just one of their last five games – a run which has seen them held at home by relegation candidates Swansea City, and comfortably beaten by Arsenal.

That means the Lilywhites more than justify their price of 7/10 for victory, with 29/10 for the draw, and 17/5 on offer for United to be the first visitors to win in the league here in over a year.

However, while you’d usually expect Harry Kane to make the net bulge at White Hart Lane, it’s a certain Danish midfielder who’s catching our eye in the goalscorer markets this time around.

Step forward, Christian Eriksen. The former Ajax man has netted in four of his last 10 games, scoring the first goal in three of them. There’s 11/4 on offer for him to score anytime, though we think the 8/1 for the 25-year-old to open the scoring could offer the best value.

However, don’t expect a goalfest. None of the last five meetings between the pair have seen both teams register. So at 19/20, we’re liking Both Teams to Score – No.

Especially so when you consider United have drawn a blank on their last two visits to White Hart Lane. And with Mauricio Pochettino’s side so strong on their own patch, the 2/1 for Tottenham to win to nil looks generous.

But the signs do suggest Spurs will have the edge during the second period.

The North London outfit have won the second half in six of their previous seven Prem games, while nine of the last 11 goals the Red Devils have shipped have arrived after the break. So we like 2nd Half Result: Tottenham at 11/10.

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

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.