Both Tottenham and Manchester United are finally showing the form expected of Champions League contenders, with Louis van Gaal’s side already somewhat entrenched in the top four and the Lilywhites all the way up to seventh after a tricky campaign so far.
They face off for the first time this term at White Hart Lane this weekend. Here are our three best bets.
United may have only lost once since mid-September, and at that away to Premier League champions Manchester City, but they’ve still only triumphed on the road twice in nine matches under Van Gaal, with both those victories unconvincing 2-1s at Arsenal and Southampton.
The fact that they’re 5/4 favourites here is very strange, especially seen as 2/1 Spurs saw off their past three top-flight opponents and have only been beaten in the league by leaders Chelsea in their last seven.
Pochettino’s men seem to have got over their home yips as well, winning five of their past seven all told in front of the faithful, after failing to triumph in half of the first six of the season in Tottenham.
At the very least, they deserve backing to avoid losing once more.
This scoreline is starting to become somewhat serendipitous/freaky where Spurs are concerned, with eight of their past ten Premier League matches finishing 2-1 to one side or another.
Pochettino and co’s recent 2-1 win over Leicester made it three in a row. You’d be mad not to back it again when the Red Devils hit north London.
With a strike managed in four of his side’s past six fixtures, no United player has done more than Rooney to facilitate their charge up to third in the Premier League, apart from superstar keeper David de Gea, although a goal is probably beyond the Spanish number one-elect.
Bearing that in mind, backing Rooney to notch his 13th club-and-country effort of the campaign is strongly advised at odds-against.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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