Betting Preview: Tottenham v Manchester United

by Dan Fitch on January 19, 2013

Tottenham face Manchester United tomorrow with the confidence of knowing that they have already beaten their opponents once this season, having won the fixture at Old Trafford 3-2.

Spurs are 2.80 to win again, with the draw at 3.50 and Manchester United the 2.35 favourites. The fact that United are relatively heavy favourites away from home to a team like Tottenham, is a testament to their recent form.

Since being defeated by Spurs earlier this season, United have won 14 games, drawn one and lost one. Tottenham are themselves unbeaten in their last six league games, but it is the visitors who are undeniably the team in form and this is reflected in the football betting odds.

If Manchester United are the team in form, then the man in form is Robin van Persie. The Dutchman has scored eight goals in his last nine league games and looks quite devastating at the moment. He only needs half a chance right now and Van Persie can be backed at 5.00 to score first and 2.00 to score at any point during the game.

Tottenham’s forwards are in less sparkling form. Top scorer Jermain Defoe has only scored once in his last seven games for Spurs and can be backed at 2.50 to get back on the scoresheet. Perhaps a better bet is Clint Dempsey at 3.25. The American was on target against United earlier this season and has scored four in his last five appearances, despite the fact that in four of those appearances he  came on as a substitute.

Goals are expected in this game from both sides. Spurs have only failed to score in five of their 31 games in all competitions, while Manchester United have only kept seven clean sheets in 32 games.

Over 2.5 goals is available at 1.6, with unders at 2.25. Over 3.5 is tempting at 2.40, with unders at 1.50 and if you fancy a repeat of the five-goal thriller from earlier in the season, then over 4.5 can be backed at 4.33.

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