Man Utd vs Spurs betting preview 22/08/2011
Manchester United take on Tottenham in the first Monday night live clash of the season. Man United got off to a good start last Sunday against West Brom, with a 2-1 win, but Tottenham’s game with Everton was called off due to the incidents in North London. This fixture last season ended in a 2-0 win for the home side, but there was also a rather controversial second goal, involving winger Nani and goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. A repeat of that score line may not be a bad bet, as Spurs have not won any of their last 19 visits to Old Trafford.
Man Utd vs Spurs odds
Man United Form: WW 1.67 – Bet365
Manchester United have had a good start to the season, with a charity shield win over local rivals Man City and a solid win over West Brom last week. The victory last Sunday wasn’t spectacular, with another moment to forget for new goalkeeper David De Gea, but as they did last season, they ground out a result. Injuries to centre backs Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were concerning for the champions, with Ferdinand set to miss several weeks but Vidic should be back sooner. Both players are set to miss the game on Monday, which will mean summer signing Phil Jones will partner Chris Smalling, in what may be an inexperienced partnership that Spurs could target. Another summer signing Ashley Young was very impressive last weekend, and could well be a good bet at 8.5 with Paddy Power to open the scoring. Tottenham don’t have a particularly good record at Old Trafford, not getting anything from their last 8 visits, which is why a 3-1 home win is looking good at 13.0 with Skybet.
Tottenham Form: W 6.0 – Stan James
Unfortunately for Tottenham, their home game last weekend with Everton was called off, so this will be their first league game of the season. Spurs did though, play in a Europa League play off on Thursday night against Hearts, and ended up coming away with a 5-0 victory. Rafael Van Der Vaart had a superb game again, following on from last season, scoring and creating freely. With this in mind, the attacking midfielder is looking a good bet 4.0 with Skybet to score at any time on Monday night. Luka Modric should come back into the side on Sunday, which is good news for Tottenham fans after what has been a relatively slow summer in terms of transfers. However, Harry Redknapp does have a fully fit squad to choose from, and if they can keep tight at the back, then they will be a real handful on the break for Man United’s young back four.
3-1 Home Win – 13.0 Skybet
Ashley Young first scorer – 8.5 Paddy Power
Van Der Vaart anytime scorer – 4.0 Skybet
Tottenham WIN – 6.0 Stan James
Over 3.5 goals – 3.0 William Hill
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