Monday, May 29, 2023

Prediction: Tottenham vs Manchester United

Verdict: Manchester United draw no bet

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to make a Premier League statement on Thursday night, Manchester United will make the trip to north London when they meet a struggling Tottenham.


Starting with the hosts, last seen over the weekend putting in an infamous display away at St. James’ Park, Tottenham find themselves in the midst of a rather public nightmare. Eventually getting hit with a woeful 6-1 drumming at the hands of Newcastle and sacking interim boss Cristian Stellini, Spurs are now needing a minor miracle in their bid to claim a crucial top-four finish. Only showing a string of issues on either side of March’s international break, the Lilywhites have won just a pair of their last nine appearances across all competitions. With their nightmare spell highlighted by a shock 3-2 defeat at home against relegation scrappers Bournemouth on April 15th, Tottenham have also shown some rather glaring defensive issues. Shipping a remarkable nine strikes in their back-to-back Premier League defeats, Thursday’s hosts have also failed to muster a single top-flight clean sheet since the end of February.

Team News

Shockingly taken off at half-time during last weekend’s 6-1 defeat away at Newcastle, Hugo Lloris is seen as a major doubt on Thursday night. Tottenham will also be without the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Emerson Royal, Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur here.

Bagging a consolation strike at St. James’ Park a few days ago and notching 24 Premier League goals this season, England skipper Harry Kane will spearhead Spurs’ attack in north London. Although Richarlison might still be waiting to open his top-flight account, the ex-Everton forward could be set for a full recall.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, eventually punching their FA Cup final ticket over the weekend thanks to a nail-biting penalties victory against Brighton at Wembley, Manchester United will be desperate to make a Premier League statement here. However, shockingly crashing out of the Europa League last week following a remarkable 3-0 drumming away at Spanish outfit Sevilla, Erik ten Hag’s side are seeking some recent stability. Picking up just a single victory within 90 minutes from their last four attempts, the former Ajax boss will be calling on his side to finish the season on a positive note. Cruising their way towards a Champions League return and ending their six-year trophy drought back in February as they were crowned EFL Cup champions following a 2-0 win against Newcastle, United should be relishing a trip to north London in midweek. In fact, claiming a 2-0 win when they welcomed Spurs to Old Trafford on October 19th, ten Hag’s men have won each of their last four meetings against Tottenham.

Team News

Manchester United will be without Lisandro Martinez for the remainder of the season after the ex-Ajax defender underwent surgery on a foot injury. Likewise, once again missing out at Wembley over the weekend, French international defender Raphael Varane will not feature in north London on Thursday night.

Making a full return in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Brighton, England ace Marcus Rashford will once again spearhead ten Hag’s attack. Having to settle for a spot on the bench at Wembley, Jadon Sancho could come in an replace Antony in the final third.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides met for their reverse Premier League meeting on October 19th, Manchester United picked up a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.
    • In fact, Thursday’s hosts have won each of their last four straight Premier League meetings against Tottenham.
    • Spurs have recorded just a pair of victories from their last nine appearances across all competitions.
    • Including last weekend’s 6-1 defeat against Newcastle, Tottenham have shipped nine goals in their back-to-back Premier League defeats.
    • Manchester United have collected 10 points from their last four Premier League trips to north London.


    Punching their FA Cup final ticket over the weekend after edging their way past Brighton at Wembley, Manchester United should be relishing a trip to the capital on Thursday night. Watching Spurs put in an infamous display away at Newcastle a few days ago as they eventually slumped to a 6-1 drumming, Tottenham are in the midst of a real Premier League crisis. Shipping nine strikes in their back-to-back top-flight defeats, United should be excited by a rampant record against Thursday’s hosts. In fact, along with winning each of their last four Premier League meetings against Spurs, ten Hag’s side have also collected 10 points from just their last four top-flight trips to north London. Despite suffering major Europa League heartbreak against Sevilla last week, we are backing an away draw no bet here.

    Verdict: Manchester United draw no bet

    Best Odds: 

    Bookmaker: Unibet


    Tom Dunstan

    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan



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