Sunday 11th December. 2:15PM. Sky Sports 1
The battle for Champions League qualification has quickly reached top gear and the festive season could be a crucial part of the campaign, not least for Manchester United and Tottenham.
Sitting fifth and sixth respectively, neither team can afford to lose further ground on the top four, and Sunday’s showdown at Old Trafford could be the catalyst for either team to reignite their season. For the loser, though, qualification for the top four will look tougher than ever.
You wouldn’t want to miss it for the world, particularly as Unibet have a stunning promotion on offer.
Rooney The Record Breaker?
After weeks of waiting, will this finally be the day that Wayne Rooney becomes Manchester United’s joint all-time leading scorer? All eyes will be on the club skipper, if he plays, but the Red Devils will be purely focused on one thing – and that’s getting the win.
Jose Mourinho’s men are nine points adrift before the weekend’s action and simply cannot afford to lose here. A long trip to eastern Europe on Thursday isn’t ideal preparation, especially as they were forced to play a fairly strong team, but they must hit the ground running here.
Despite a lot of draws, the Red Devils are now unbeaten in seven competitive fixtures while fierce rivals Manchester City are the only club to beat them at Old Trafford. With Eric Bailly back in action too, albeit maybe not for this game, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring goals for fun once more, the hosts have to be confident.
The pressure is on, but United have won the last two meetings here without conceding while Mourinho has enjoyed some great wins over Spurs too. If they do pick up the win, thought of Champions League football can be back on the menu. Should they lose, even a Christmas miracle won’t save them.
Can Spurs Go Marching On?
Their Champions League campaign was a disaster, although they did qualify for the Europa League, and they also sit outside the top four heading into this weekend’s fixture list. Nonetheless, Tottenham have largely performed quite well this season, and will have every reason to fancy themselves at Old Trafford.
Mauricio Pochettino is still without Erik Lamela and Toby Alderweireld, which could cause a few issues, but his side has only lost one game in the league this term. Meanwhile, the return to form and fitness of Dele Alli and Moussa Dembele will be a huge source of optimism.
Perhaps more importantly, star striker Harry Kane is back among the goals. The England man has regularly been linked with a move to Old Trafford, can he be the man to hammer another nail into the coffin of United’s top four dreams?
Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling encounter from a purely football sense. With help from the Bet365 offer, let’s hope it’ll be an equally pleasing one for us punters too.
Manchester United V Tottenham Hotspur Betting
With home advantage on their side, Manchester United enter the clash as favourites at 5/4 with Unibet. Tottenham, meanwhile, are available at 5/2 and the draw can be backed at 12/5.
This game is included in Unibet’s famous in-play offer, which means you can gain a free £50 in-play bet simply by placing a bet pre-game. With this in mind, we’ll be looking to capitalise in style.
For our first bet, we’re backing no bookings in the first 10 minutes. As long as this comes in, we’ll be £6.25 up regardless of what else happens.
It’s advised to wait until after this bet has won before placing your in-play. If it does lose, you’ll have a free £50 bet to claw back your initial stake. If it wins, however, it’s a free £50 bet trying to win big.
The world’s most expensive man has a fantastic opportunity to start proving his worth. Let’s hope he can win us £400 by scoring.