England: Premier League
Match start: 13:30 (GMT+2)
The main round of the 10th round of the EPL will be presented by the super battle of favorites. It is natural that we need at first to recollect the statistics of previous meeting of the Mancunians against the Spurs at Old Trafford:
29.09.2012. Man United– Tottenham – 2:3 (Nani, Kagawa – Evans (own goal), Bale, Dempsey);
01.01.2014. Man United– Tottenham – 1:2 (Welbeck – Adebayor, Eriksen);
15.03.2015. Man United– Tottenham – 3:0 (Fellaini, Carrick, Rooney);
08.08.2015. Man United– Tottenham – 1:0 (Walker (own goal));
11.12.2016. Man United– Tottenham – 1:0 (Mkhitaryan);
Here we see unusual paradox. During the first two matches under the supervision of both André Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood the quests of Old Trafford had won over the hosts twice. But then the modern team of Mauricio Pochettino had lost three next matches with the total score 5:0.
Man United (the head coach José Mourinho)
In December 2016 during the last meeting of the current opponents at Old Trafford the rival of Mauricio Pochettino was José Mourinho. And the Mancunians had won after an accurate kick made by Henrikh Mkhitaryan at 29th minute.
Now, both top clubs have 20 points each. They take, respectively, the 2nd and the 3rd places and are the main challengers of Manchester City (25 points).
Tottenham (the head coach Mauricio Pochettino)
Simultaneously, the hosts and the current guests of Old Trafford are fighting for the second place. And that is why the final result of the forthcoming meeting is extremely important for both teams. But, the Mancunians are more motivated now. As during the previous round MU had lost away match to Huddersfield (2:1).
But Tottenham had won another victory and this time over Liverpool (4:1). And now the Spurs are getting ready for the battle against one of the most honored club of EPL.
José Mourinho can’t rely on Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimović during the forthcoming battle. The Spurs have less squad losses - Moussa Dembélé, Victor Wanyama, Erik Lamela.
Just because of this reason the current squad of the vice-champion is more balanced and organized. And that is why here the bet “guests won’t lose” will be wise.
Man United – 2.30, draw – 3.20, Tottenham – 3.35;
Tottenham to win or draw (Asian Handicap +0.5) - odds 1.79 Pinnacle
Both teams to score - odds 1.91 William Hill