Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Odds with EPL Match Preview & Prediction

October 28, 2010 | In: Articles

Saturday, October 30th: When you start looking at the coming together of these two clubs, you really run straight for an outright win on Manchester United, especially at Old Trafford. The truth is, that Manchester United have had things pretty much their own way when they have faced off against Spurs. Last season for example, United got the better of the rising Tottenham both home and away, and when you look at the stats, it really adds up. Manchester United have won 65% of all matches played between the two sides at Old Trafford. That is an incredibly strong percentage record, with Spurs having on a 16% success rate when they head north. Looking at the goal scoring record, Man Utd have averaged almost two goals per game against Spurs at Old Trafford, while Spurs have averaged less than one. Even the overall head to head matches between the two sides leans heavily in favour of Manchester United, who have won 81 encounters, while Spurs have been victories in just 46 of the encounters. There have been 45 drawn matches between them. You have to go back to December 2000 to find the last time that Spurs beat United, when they triumphed 3-1 at White Hart Lane. It’s been a very strong record and that is hard to ignore in betting strategy when looking at the stats. You really look back through the stats and would pencil this one in as a banker for the home team. The bookmakers seem to think so as well. You take a look at the odds and see that Manchester United are very strongly fancied to pick up three points, even with them throwing points away this season, and Spurs on the upwards swing. While Man Utd seem to have the upper hand, it will be a good time to look for a Asian Handicap taking Spurs in the positive. A Tottenham +1 Asian Handicap is nicely priced at 11/10 at Victor Chandler for example and is a tempting proposition. You need to look at a bigger swing the other way for some profit, and Manchester United -2 Asian Handicap priced at 31/10 at Bet365 is interesting, as two of United’s four home matches this season in the league have been won with three goal margins. Even though United aren’t playing great, it is hard to see Spurs breaking the current run of bad form at Old Trafford and getting a win out of the match. United are having trouble keeping clean sheets, Spurs aren’t prolific in front of goal. So, a Manchester United 2-1 Correct scoreline win is a decent showing at 15/2 with SkyBet. Alternatively, look for a Manchester United to win by 1 Goal for 11/4 at Bet365 which offers a reasonable price. United should edge it you would expect. Maybe not by too much.
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Odds

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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Betting Statistics

Last 5 Head to Head
Manchester United 3, Tottenham Hotspur 1
Tottenham Hotspur 1, Manchester United 3
Manchester United 5, Tottenham Hotspur 2
Tottenham Hotspur 0, Manchester United 0
Tottenham Hotspur 1, Manchester United 1

Manchester United have a 75% win percentage at home in the league this season
Tottenham Hotspur have a 50% win percentage away from home in the league this season

Manchester United have scored 11 goals, and conceded 4 at home
Tottenham Hotspur have scored 5 and conceded 4 goals in their away matches

Manchester United have scored the bulk of their goals in the 41-45 minute bracket
Tottenham Hotspur have scored the majority of their goals in the 16-30 minute bracket

Manchester United have opened the scoring in 67% of their matches
Tottenham Hotspur have scored first in 22% of their matches

Manchester United average 2.75 goals per match at home this season
Tottenham Hotspur average 1.25 goals per match away from home this season

Manchester United 2010/11 top scorer: Berbatov, 6
Tottenham Hotspur 2010/11 top scorer: Van der Vaart, 4

Manchester United injuries/suspensions: Rooney, Giggs, Owen, Valencia, Hargreaves
Tottenham Hotspur injuries/suspensions: Corluka, Defoe, Dawson, O’Hara, Woodgate

Manchester United 2010/11 Season Form: P9 W4 D5 L0 GF20 GA12 Pts 17 (3rd)
Tottenham Hotspur 2010/11 Season Form: P9 W4 D3 L2 GF11 GA8 Pts 17 (4th)

Even though Man Utd have not been on top of their game this year, and the speculation over Wayne Rooney’s departure due to lack of ambition and quality at the club as added fuel to the fire that they are not good enough to win the Premier League this year, they remain the only unbeaten side in the league. It is true that the quality to go on and be dominant on the domestic and European fronts is not entirely there at the moment, long term you have to look at the them to do something about it. They have thrown a lot of points away this season, uncharacteristically drawing five out of their nine matches, but they haven’t been broken completely yet, and that will give Red Devil fans a lot of hope. They are still scoring plenty of goals, even though Rooney isn’t contributing, and there is a general malaise about the attacking flow of United. They picked up their first away win of the season last weekend, when they won away at Stoke, but again it looked as if they had thrown the match away after taking the lead. It needed a late goal from Hernandez to rescue them, but that is exactly the kind of thing they can build upon. Old Trafford is still one of the most intimidating places to go, but as Sunderland proved in holding United to 2-2 draw there, isn’t not impenetrable. The real problems for United have come at the back, where they are not water tight at all. Far from it, as they have looked very shaky, and some of the blame has to be placed on a lacklustre midfield which hasn’t really performed, putting pressure on the back line, which in turn hasn’t coped very well. They have shipped a lot of goals this season, which has put their title charge on shaky ground, and now they find themselves sitting level on points with Saturday’s opponents, Tottenham. You simply cannot ignore the statistical record that they have going on here, and Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur betting should reflect just that. Betting odds aren’t expecting much more than 1 goal victory really for the home side, and there is the feeling that it will be a tight game. Therefore a Berbatov first goalscorer is a nice price for 9/2 at Unibet, the same price as Javier Hernandez 9/2 at Bet365, as both with probably get a run without Rooney in the picture still.

Well, Spurs have started moving along quite nicely in the league, and are up where they were expected to be seen. They had a slow start to the season, and were rocked with the news that Jermain Defoe had to sit on the sidelines for a few months through injury. That has left them a bit lightweight up front, and Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch aren’t the most prolific in front of goal. Much has been made of the contribution from Wales midfielder Gareth Bale of late, after he hit a hat trick against Inter Milan in the Champions League. He will probably be the spark of inspiration from the midfield, but it is whether or not they can create enough chances away from home against Manchester United to really make an impact in this match. Old Trafford hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for them, and if you foresee a Spurs victory coming, then the visitors to win by a 1 goal margin is 7/1 at 888Sport. Rafael van der Vaart could be the biggest danger to United though with his pace and creativity, and is 10/1 at Bet365 to score first. Meanwhile striker Pavlyuchenko to hit the back of the net first in the match, is 9/1 at BlueSquare, sort of highlighting how Spurs are expected to perform in this match. Not very well. They haven’t coped with Manchester United in the past, and with their lack of firepower unlikely to threaten the shaky United defence too much, a draw seems the most plausible scenario which Tottenham would walk away with. A draw/draw halftime/fulltime bet is 6/1 at Victor Chandler and represents a decent punt. However, you feel that the visitors will be up against it from the kick off. United aren’t too great at the moment, and there is a great deal at stake here with both teams level on points in the league. Boss Harry Redknapp was brave in Milan, sending out an attacking side. Will he do the same, or be more conservative in the search for points? They may need to beat, because they aren’t all that stable at the back either.

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