EPL Football Betting: Spurs vs. Man Utd
This is what is shaping up to be a real grudge match. Which side of the Premier League Betting Odds do we sit on for this one?
Manchester United did exactly what I thought the go to do last weekend and beat Liverpool. The final score was 2-1 to United but that score bordered on flattering Liverpool. Round about the same time Tottenham were hosting the side at the bottom of the English Premier League and despite everything pointing to a (probable) Tottenham victory they managed not a goal and left with just a point from a 0-0 draw, hardly Champions League pedigree. One can only assume that Spurs were saving themselves for what could be a season defining match against the champions elect.
Enough with last weekend…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
The bookies seem to think that this game will end in Manchester United's favour, United are 7/5 to take all three points on Sunday, and the table certainly agrees with them. Manchester United are seven points clear at the top of the table having only dropped points in four matches out of the 22 they have played in the league, this season. Away from home they've won eight drawn one and lost two, but at home they've been almost majestic, winning 10 games and losing just one. If you're impressed by their points tally you should also likely have your head turned by the amount of goals they've scored. They are 27 goals to the good having scored 30 at home and 26 away, more than any other side in the league. It's no surprise that the bookies have Manchester United at 3/10 to win the league, and 1/500 (if you can find it) on a top four finish. Some might say that I only mention this because of my somewhat crush on Alex Ferguson and his gumchewing, but nothing could be further from the truth. Facts is just facts!
Anything to say about Spurs?
Tottenham are not having a bad season by any stretch of the imagination (and their backers haven't been having a bad football betting season either)they are a single solitary point behind third placed Chelsea, although the Blues have a vastly superior goal difference and that all important game in hand. You might like to know that Tottenham are 250/1 to win the league this year and are 6/5 on a top four finish.
Tottenham will most likely be looking upwards at the three tame teams above them in the table and may even be dreaming that they could catch second place Manchester City, as they are only (only) eight points between the two sides. However what is more important and is more of a provocation for Tottenham is the fact that they have three sides snapping at their heels and within six points of touching them, and should Arsenal win their game in hand there would be two sides just a mere point behind Spurs, the other being Everton. Spurs can ill afford to roll over for United, even if the bookies have a home win at 2/1 and a draw at 12/5.
Still when grudge matches kick off, it gives us all a chance to forget about form.
The last time these sides met, it was at Old Trafford and Tottenham beat Manchester United 3-2. That was a truly momentous occasion as it was the first time in 23 Premier League meetings that Tottenham had beaten Manchester United, it was also just the third time that United had lost to Spurs since 1981. While losing an unbeaten run of that magnitude might be “slightly distressing” for some clubs. For Manchester United, it gave them a reason to really dislike Tottenham, and I expect them to start taking their revenge this Sunday. ManU will go down on my Free Picks ticket this weekend.
Premier League Tips: Manchester United win 3-1, available with Stan James at 16/1.