Third meets fifth in Wednesday’s tantalizing Premier League battle at Old Trafford, as Manchester United seeks to return to winning ways against Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United was held to a goalless draw against Newcastle at the weekend but, while their lack of finishing touch will disappoint Erik ten Hag, there is no denying they are on an upward trajectory after a dismal start to the campaign. Tottenham on the other hand had no such problems as they easily saw off Everton 2-0 in their last match.
Manchester United and Tottenham always seem to put on attractive matches when they meet, and Wednesday’s Premier League clash should be another cracker.
Form Guide: Manchester United
Manchester United failed to beat Newcastle on Sunday. The game ended without goals, with the home fans leaving Trafford frustrated once again. United’s recent displays at home haven’t met expectations, as Ten Hag’s crew lost to Sociedad and defeated Omonia, both 1-0, before Sunday’s game.
The offense is problematic, but the defense hasn’t been well, despite keeping clean sheets in the past two events. There are many issues in all the lines, and for the moment, the inconsistency is killing this unit.
Putting aside their 6-3 hammering at Manchester City, the Red Devils have won five of their last six league games and beaten the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, with new signing Antony adapting well to the demands of the Premier League.
Form Guide: Tottenham
Spurs, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Brighton and Everton. The capital club is eager to stay in the title race. Tottenham beat Everton this weekend 2-0, which was the third victory in a row for the Spurs. Some would say that it came at a high cost because they lost Richarlison, who could even miss the World Cup due to an injury picked up in this event.
The Spurs managed to keep back-to-back clean sheets in the English Premier League; after beating Brighton on the road, 0-1, they stopped Everton, yet in the meantime, they did play against Eintracht Frankfurt and defeated them 3-2.
Tottenham will be pleased that they are keeping pace with Arsenal and Manchester City, and not too concerned that their all-round displays have perhaps not been quite as convincing as those of Mikel Arteta’s men or Pep Guardiola’s side.
However, Spurs could do with a statement performance and victory at some point, particularly as they lost the first north London derby of the campaign at the beginning of the month. In August, meanwhile, they were outplayed by Chelsea in a 2-2 draw. Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford provides Tottenham with an opportunity to lay down a marker in a game against a fellow member of English soccer’s big six.
How the game could go
Manchester United also have a fantastic recent record against Spurs, winning the last three encounters and losing just one of their last seven competitive meetings. That, combined with their impressive wins at home to Liverpool and Arsenal, make a home win appealing at these odds.
The situation in Manchester is tense, and there is no way that the hosts would attack right away. Ten Hag is aware of Tottenham’s counter-attack, and he isn’t willing to experience their power. Tottenham’s style on the road is to wait and seek a chance from some set piece or transition because, overall, Conte also prefers that. So the bottom line is that this game shouldn’t see too many goals.
Man Utd will be desperate to secure all 3pts at home to Tottenham on Wednesday to reduce the gap that stands between the two sides to just 4pts. Tottenham have started the new season well and currently sit third in the Premier League with 10-games played. We’re expecting both teams to score in this midweek clash as that has been the outcome in five of the last six meetings between Man Utd and Spurs in the Premier League. Three of Man Utd’s previous five matches in all competitions have produced goals at both ends of the pitch while both teams have scored in three of Tottenham’s last six outings, adding further weight to our prediction. Bet9ja have 1.47, 1xbet have 1.58 and Paripesa have 1.58 odds.
The introduction of Bissouma proved pivotal in Tottenham getting over the line against Everton, whereas Man United is a tough nut to crack at Old Trafford. The Red Devils will also take confidence from their recent spate of goal-laden wins against the Lilywhites, but it is difficult to back Ten Hag’s side to prevail against Conte’s resilient crop, and we think a low-scoring draw is the most likely result in this Big Six battle. This match is more likely to be tight and cagey than open and expansive, with both teams happy to leave the ball to the other in a bid to open up space in transition. Neither manager will allow the game to become an end-to-end thriller. Bet9ja have 3.55 odds, Paripesa have 3.60 and 1xbet have 3.60 odds.
Anytime Goalscorer (Manchester United)
The Portuguese forward has now found a steady place in the starting position for Manchester United. The absences of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford due to Injuries. He has finally broken his duck this season and could be looking to replicate his performances from last season as he dragged his side over the line in the previous fixtures. He scored a hatrick last season against the same opponents. Bet9ja have 2.45 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.20.
Antony has made a bright start to his career at Old Trafford and already joint-top scorer in the league for ten Hag’s men with 3-goals. The Brazilian international always looks a threat cutting in from the right-wing as was evident in his last two league games against Everton and Man City which Antony scored in. We’re backing Antony to find the back of the net in the Premier League for a third straight game when the Red Devils play host to Tottenham on Wednesday night. Bet9ja have 3.60 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 3.50.
Anytime Goalscorer (Tottenham)
However, one player doing business at all venues is Kane, who has struck 10 times for Spurs, including five goals in his last six club games. He has scored nine league goals in 10 games which is a very good statistic going into this game. He has a good history also against Manchester United and this is why he has been selected here. Kane’s 16 Premier League appearances against United have yielded only five goals, but the last four have come at Old Trafford. Bet9ja have 2.55 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.40.
Son hasn’t had the best start to the season this campaign and he has struggled to find his footing, he has scored this season coming off the bench to score a hat trick and has now found a way to the starting lineup. He can definitely produce the goals today when called upon which is why we have him selected here today. Bet9ja have 3.25 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.70.
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