Saturday, December 4, 2021

Prediction: Tottenham vs Manchester United

Verdict: Over 1.5 goals in the second-half

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Two sides who find themselves seeking a real Premier League boost this weekend, Tottenham will welcome Manchester United to north London on Saturday.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, managing to pick up what was a much-needed EFL Cup boost in midweek, Tottenham will be desperate to build off of that momentum. While Spurs might not have been at their best once again at Turf Moor, Nuno Espírito Santo’s side did claim a 1-0 win on the road as they booked their spot in the quarter-final of this year’s tournament. However, last seen on Premier League duties getting hit with a worrying 1-0 loss away at London rivals West Ham, the former Wolves boss is calling on his side to desperately find some stability. Coming under more scrutiny after suffering a shock Europa Conference League defeat against Vitesse earlier in the month, Tottenham have collected just six points from their last six top-flight fixtures. Enduring a nightmare September run that saw them suffer three consecutive hammerings away at Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, Spurs will be hoping to pile more pressure onto Saturday’s guests this weekend.

Team News

After being forced to limp off at Turf Moor in midweek, summer arrival Bryan Gil appears to be a doubt on Saturday.

While Matt Doherty might have returned to Tottenham’s matchday squad against Burnley, Ryan Sessegnon remains on the sidelines.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, putting in what was a nightmare display at Old Trafford last weekend, Manchester United find themselves in the midst of what has become a very public crisis. Eventually hit with an embarrassing 5-0 hammering against bitter rivals Liverpool on home soil, the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shoulders has reached a boiling point. Struggling to find any stability since opening the 2021/22 campaign, the former Premier League champions open this weekend’s fixtures sat down in seventh. Coming off the back of what some have billed as one of the darkest days in the club’s history, United are in the midst of a woeful run of form. Including that 4-2 drumming against Leicester on the road earlier in the month, the Reds have remarkably picked up just a single point from any of their last four Premier League outings. Only showing a string of issues at the back, Solskjaer faces what could be a season-defining showdown in the capital on Saturday.

Team News

Shown a straight red card against Liverpool last weekend, Paul Pogba will start his three-match suspension on Saturday.

However, in a much-needed boost, compatriot Raphael Varane is back in full training after a groin injury suffered on international duty.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off last season, Saturday’s opponents produced 11 goals between them.
    • Likewise, each of the last five meetings between Tottenham and Manchester United have finished with both teams finding the net.
    • The Reds have managed to collect just a single point from any of their last four Premier League contests.
    • Manchester United have also shipped nine goals in just their last two top-flight outings.
    • Four of Tottenham’s last five home fixtures across all formats have finished with over 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    With both sides in the midst of a real Premier League struggle, neutrals from up and down the country will be hoping for another lively affair on Saturday. Coming off the back of that dreadful 5-0 drumming against Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend, Manchester United have collected just a single point from any of their last four top-flight contests. Shipping a staggering nine goals in their back-to-back Premier League losses, the Reds find themselves desperately seeking a boost. In a contest that famously produces chances at both ends, it should be noted that their back-to-back meetings last season produced 11 goals between them.

    Verdict: Over 1.5 goals in the second-half

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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