Manchester United vs Tottenham – Prediction
Manchester United to win 2-1, what better place to kick-off a new Premier League campaign than Old Trafford. United come into this game on a back of a pretty strong pre-season campaign but despite another lavish summer spending spree they still do look weak at the back especially with De Gea set to sit out.
I like what Pochettino has done with the Spurs’ squad this summer. There hasn’t been too many additions infact he has trimmed out the entire squad by clearing out some of the dead weight in the locker room. I do expect them to push the top five teams this season and won’t even be surprised if they manage a top 4 finish.
United do look weak in defense while Spurs look light upfront with no real backing for young Harry Kane. We do expect both teams to score but United will just pip the North Londoners by a single goal or two courtesy of the sheer amount of attacking talent they have in their team.
- Manchester United are the bookmakers favorites to win the game with odds of 1.67. The odds for a Spurs win are at 6.5 and that for a draw is at 4.05.
- The big questions heading into this game is – Have Manchester United improved? Majority are saying yes! but i have to disagree here. Sure they have added quality to their squad but apart from the addition of Matteo Darmian has their been any real improvement in the United defense not that De Gea is set to leave.
- I have to say United are in for a rude awakening here but i don’t necessarily see them losing this game.
- The safest bet would be to bet over 2.5 at odds of 1.85 and Both teams to score at 1.85 or group them together BTS + Over 2.5 at odds of 2.20.
Pro Bettor Edgar Rusi Tip: – Manchester United to win and over 2.5
Van Gaal for the second season running has went in all guns blazing in the transfer market spending in excess of 100€ million and adding 5 names including Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero.
Van Gaal managed to get United back into the top four last season but with the amount of money he has spend pressure will be on the Dutch manager to improve upon what they managed last campaign. United’s opening day defeat to Swansea last season was the first time they lost a season opener since the 1972/73 season.
David De Gea is set to sit out the clash versus Spurs in the middle of the interest from Real Madrid. Defender Marcos Rojo is deemed not fit enough to be involved and the sames goes for world cup Bastian Schweinsteiger who’ll have to wait to make his official debut for the club.
However the likes of Depay, Schneiderlin, Darmian and Romero are all set to make their respective debuts for the Red Devils on Saturday.
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Tottenham come into this game on the back of a 2-0 win against AC Milan on Wednesday. Spurs infact has had a busy last couple weeks and the game against United will be their 4th in the last 10 days.
Unlike their opponents on Saturday Spurs have been uncharacteristically silent in the transfer window making just three new additions to their squad so far however of those three signings Toby Alderweireld looks to be a really promising one.
Of the 46 Premier League games contested between Spurs and United the visitors have only managed to win only 5. If Spurs are to win their game on Saturday it will be the third consecutive season that they manage to win their opening game of the season.
Hugo Lloris should be fit to feature against United after suffering a fractured wrist in the win over AC Milan on Wednesday. Spurs’ three new summer acquisitions – Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer could all make their respective debuts against United.
However the trio of Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado are all doubtful for the clash against United.
The last time these two teams met at Old Trafford last season Manchester United went onto win the game 3-0 with all three goals coming in the first half.
How they finished last season
4th – Manchester United – 38 games – 70 points – (+25 GD)
5th – Tottenham – 38 games – 64 points – (+5 GD)
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