Saturday 28th October. 12:30PM. Sky Sports
The weekend’s Premier League action gets started on Saturday lunchtime with the absolutely phenomenal prospect of Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. With both teams in desperate need of a win in their bids for the title, this one could be passionate from start to finish.
Can a Jose Mourinho masterclass keep the Red Devils in the hunt? Or will Tottenham underline their intentions of going one better than last season? Either way, you should be prepared for a classic.
Mourinho Demands Better
No game is easy in the Premier League, and results like the loss at Huddersfield will happen. However, it was the manner of the performance which left Mourinho fuming, and the Portuguese manager will expect a response on Saturday.
His side have been near faultless at the Theatre of Dreams, scoring 14 unanswered goals to register four victories from four. With Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial all finding the net on a frequent basis, the Red Devils can be confident in the final third.
In David De Gea, they arguably boast the best goalkeeper in the league too. So, even without the likes of Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, and Marouane Fellaini at their disposal, there’s no excuse for anything less than a strong performance.
However, following the displays against Liverpool, Benfica, and Huddersfield, it’s safe to say United have shown vulnerability in spite of the midweek win at Swansea. Can the visitors take advantage?
Pochettino Out For Another Big Win
While the Carabao Cup loss to West Ham would have disappointed Spurs, their league form has been brilliant, not least on their travels. They enter the weekend with four wins from four on the road while they demolished Liverpool at Wembley last Sunday. A repeat performance here would give them a fantastic shot at victory.
With a neat full strength squad to pick from, Pochettino will hope to see a backline of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and co. keep Lukaku at bay. Meanwhile, Dele Alli is returning to form while Christian Eriksen is certainly capable of pulling the strings.
The absence of star striker Harry Kane will be a big loss for Spurs, but it will Fernando Llorente to underline his worth to the team. Should his teammates create the chances, a tally of eight league goals looks likely to increase.
Both sides have been brilliant at times and if they’re both at their best here, we could be set for one of the showdowns of the season. One way or another, though, it’s sure to be a fascinating encounter.
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Betting
Home side Manchester United are the favourites to win this one but odds of 11/10 with Ladbrokes underline the feeling that it’ll be far from easy. Tottenham, meanwhile, are available at 5/2 and the draw can be backed at 5/2.
Mourinho’s men have been simply sensational at Old Trafford and are yet to concede a home goal in the league. However, with Spurs performing so well, there’s a good chance that the visitors will get on the scoresheet, even without Kane.
Still, this Manchester United team will always be expected to score at home, which is why we’re backing both teams to score.
Even at this early stage of the campaign, a loss for either side would make the title seem a million miles away, particularly if Manchester City beat West Brom later in the day. With this in mind, tempers could start flaring regardless of which team is winning.
At odds of 9/4 for either side to get a red card, it’s gotta be worth a punt.