Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips & Predictions – Tuesday 3rd December 2019

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The International Champions Cup is a great name for a big, important football tournament. It’s a cup, it’s international, and there are champions. But let’s not be fooled, this is a money-spinning pre-season friendly designed to further brands, create new revenue streams and maybe, as a tertiary concern, stretch a few legs.

This is the seventh edition of the International Champions Cup but we doubt that even fans of Man United will remember they won it in 2014; whilst perhaps Spurs supporters will have vague memories of their success over Borussia Dortmund 12 months ago. Anyway, belittling of this Shanghai showpiece aside, one way to liven things up is to have a bet on the game and we’ve picked through the stats and facts to hopefully find you some value.

Top Tips

Man United to win @ 8/5

Over 3.5 goals @ 7/4

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Tottenham Hotspur News: Better Summer for Spurs

Tottenham Playing Home Match Against Manchester United
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12 months ago Spurs fans were getting itchy about the lack of transfers and as the window progressed things would only get worse. Tottenham didn’t sign anyone at all and the mood was gloomy. Mauricio Pochettino turned lemons into lemonade though, leading his side to the Champions League final and securing qualification to that tournament once again this year by finishing fourth. Oh, and by finishing above Arsenal yet again.

The mood is rather brighter now, with Harry Kane and Pochettino seemingly committed to the club. Moreover, they have even signed some new blood. Promising youngster Jack Clarke came in from Leeds (albeit then loaned straight back) whilst Daniel Levy committed well over £54m to bring in Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon. With moves for Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon reportedly also very close, the club are really backing their manager and fans will hope they can finally land some silverware (something a little shinier than another Champions Cup even!).

Kane Stunner

As if scoring in August last year wasn’t enough, England captain Kane has already scored in July this year and what a goal it was. His first time effort from the centre circle without even looking up was one of the best goals you’ll see. It will have been even sweeter for Kane because not only was it a stoppage time winner, it was scored against former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Spurs Behind in Preparation

Partly due to the very late date of the Champions League Spurs are some way behind other teams in terms of their pre-season preparedness. The Champions League final was on the 1st June and there has been little time for rest. Last Sunday’s clash with Juve (Spurs won 3-2) was Tottenham’s first game of pre-season and that will concern some fans. Getting the right balance between rest, and building up fitness and sharpness, was an almost impossible task for Pochettino but there is no doubt that United should be the team closer to full fitness here.

Manchester United News: Red Devils Must do Better

Sir Alex Ferguson Stand Seating at Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium
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Man United finished last season down in sixth place, 32 points behind rivals Man City, 31 adrift of old enemies Liverpool and five shy of Spurs. The glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson are now starting to seem like a different era and the fans are desperate for better times: such is the desperation, they don’t even crave a title, just better times.

The signs are encouraging though, with United making positive moves in the transfer market and giving lots of game time to exciting youngsters. If United can complete a deal for Harry Maguire and add one or two more top players they should certainly be capable of a push for the top four, although it’s hard to see a serious title challenge coming this term.

Youngsters to the Fore

United have a long history of giving youth a chance to shine but that was not always the case under Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese has always preferred experience and on the occasions he did start younger players he was not always helpful with his post-match comments regarding their performance.

Of course, current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a disciple of Sir Alex and played alongside some of the most successful young players in the club’s history. Players such as Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Axel Tuanzebe, Angel Gomes, Scott McTominay, Tahith Chong and new signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James should get lots of playing time this term. They all have great promise and are perceived as the future of the club and if even half of them have half the United careers of Paul Scholes and co, the future will be bright.

Analysis: Goals Aplenty with Pressure Off

Making predictions in friendly games such as this one is never easy but there are a number of reasons to believe we should see goals here. The recent history of this fixture has been one of exciting goalfests, none better than the 5-2 win for the Red Devils at Old Trafford in 2009. We might not get quite that many goals here but with the pressure off we should certainly see the best of the attacking sides of these teams.

Longer Preparation to Give United the Edge

As said, United a little further along the road of pre-season than their opponents and so we feel they offer more value here. Spurs are favourites at odds of 6/4 but United are the better bet at 8/5. Spurs did well to beat Juve 3-2 in Singapore but with that game just four days ago they may still be a little leggy given the heat many of these games are being played in.

United’s pre-season saw them beat Inter Milan in Singapore, Greenwood netting the only goal of the game on the 20th July. Prior to that they had beaten Leeds United 4-0 and Perth Glory 2-0 and they will slowly be building towards full match fitness. Solskjaer has generally named strong XIs and with that in mind we think his side can do enough against an opponent they get the better of more often than not.

Goals Expected

As said, this game usually produces goals and with little at stake we see no reason why both teams shouldn’t really go for it. United have kept three clean sheets in a row in pre-season but clearly Kane and co will offer far more threat than the Red Devils faced in Australia.

With Spurs’ one warm-up game this term seeing five goals, with Pochettino making a number of changes throughout the game, we could well see an exciting clash here. Both teams to score looks a solid bet, even at short odds of 4/7, whilst over 2.5 goals is also a good pick at 13/20. We are going to be bolder though and over 3.5 looks cracking value at big odds.

Recent Matches

Last season in the Premier League Man United lost at home before gaining revenge at Spurs. Overall their record against the north London outfit is superb though. This meeting certainly won’t have as much significance as many of the past almost 200, but it might just give one of these rivals a small psychological boost ahead of the season to come.

13th January 2019: Tottenham 0 – 1 Manchester United

United had been soundly beaten in the reverse fixture earlier in the season but gained revenge thanks to Marcus Rashford’s goal just before half time. David De Gea was the man deserving of credit though, the Spaniard producing save after save to deny a dominant Tottenham at Wembley. The hosts had 11 shots on target with De Gea using just about every part of his body to repel them. Kane had seven shots but couldn’t find a way past the United stopper and ultimately Rashford’s goal on the break earned Solskjaer a sixth straight win as interim boss.

27th August 2018: Manchester Utd 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Despite the full-time scoreline, Spurs reached half-time in this game lucky to be level. The visitors were short on ideas and saw Lukaku miss an open goal after rounding Hugo Lloris. Pochettino’s men returned from the break a completely different side however and two quick fire goals put them in command. United had never lost a Premier League home game 2-0 before and Lucas Moura ensured the incredible stat continued when skinning Chris Smalling and hammering home his second.

21st April 2018: Manchester Utd 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham’s wait for another piece of silverware continued as for the eighth time they were defeated in an FA Cup semi-final. Things began so well for the Londoners too as Dele Alli handed them the lead 11 minutes in. Able to prevent further punishment, Mourinho’s men grew into the game and levelled through Alexis Sanchez. Ander Herrera completed the turnaround in the second half to book his side’s place in a record equalling 20th FA Cup final.

31st January 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 Manchester Utd

Many fans weren’t even in their seats when Christian Eriksen drew first blood in this match. The Dane needed just 11 seconds to fire past David De Gea, making it the third joint fastest goal in the history of the Premier League. United failed to recover from their shaky side in what turned out to be an incredibly one-sided contest. Spurs scored another when Phil Jones diverted into his own net and only some poor finishing prevented them extending their lead further.

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