Trend shows it’s beat Man Utd or bust for Tottenham title hopes

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Tottenham Hotspur’s title hopes lie in the hands of Manchester United, a team they haven’t beaten at White Hart Lane since 2001.

Looking back on the occasions where the 13-time Premier League winners haven’t got their hands on the trophy, the usurpers have more often than not had to get a result against the Red Devils.

Spurs lost 1-0 to Louis van Gaal’s men at Old Trafford on the opening day of the campaign and need to put this right if they are to come good on their 11/2 odds of achieving league glory for the first time since 1961.

Only one team this century has managed to do this and that was the invincible Arsenal side of 2004.

Of course, the untouchable Gunners were able to pick up enough points elsewhere to ensure their success to make them only the second side in the history of the Premier League to finish top come the end of the season without beating Man Utd.

Blackburn Rovers managed it in 1995, but, as the division found its feet, the Red Devils emerged as kingmakers.

That puts Arsenal as the team best positioned to secure the title, with their 3-0 win at the Emirates besting Tottenham’s loss and Leicester City’s 1-1 draw.

However, Spurs have a greater opportunity than the Foxes as no team has won the Premier League without beating United at home, other than the Invincibles, and Claudio Ranieri’s men wasted their opportunity at the King Power Stadium.

Therefore, Mauricio Pochettino’s men must end their White Hart Lane hoodoo against the Red Devils to stop their north London rivals getting their hands on the trophy, with an Arsenal triumph priced at 13/2.

Losing to the Gunners was Man Utd’s only defeat at the hands of a team in the top third of the Premier League, while Spurs have lost three of their 11 against outfits ranked in those positions.

Thus, you can expect Tottenham’s title hopes to come to a screeching halt at the hands of the kingmakers, who can be backed to pick up three points at 10/3.

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

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.