- The battle for the fourth Champions League spot in the EPL is going to the wire
- Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United clash on Sunday in north London
- Read on for our preview of the game, odds and the best bet
As the EPL season reaches Matchday 30, there’s still loads to play for, despite Liverpool having all-but clinched their first title since 1990, including an intriguing battle for the Champions League places.
Two of the teams in this battle – Tottenham and Manchester United – clash in north London on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 12:30 pm EST. We’ll preview the game and see if we can identify some good bets.
Tottenham vs Manchester Utd Odds
|Tottenham||PK +143||+225||O 2.5 (+112)|
|Manchester Utd||PK -163||+124||U 2.5 (-132)|
All odds taken Mar 11.
Spurs Staring Down the Barrell
It’s not been a good few weeks for Tottenham. Some poor EPL form has been punctuated with exits in both the Champions League and the FA Cup, at the hands of RB Leipzig and Norwich City respectively, and manager Jose Mourinho has cut an unhappy, beleaguered figure.
Injury problems have overshadowed his first few months in charge, in particular to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min – the team’s main two sources of goals. As a result, Spurs’ defensive issues have been exposed, with RB Leipzig, in particular, ruthlessly benefiting from the uncertainty and lack of cohesion in their backline. The north Londoners have now gone six games without a win.
United on a Roll
A home game against a Manchester United team who are flying is not ideal for Mourinho, but it does offer the intriguing prospect of him coming up against a team he managed as recently as December 2018. In order to close the four-point gap between his Spurs team fifth-placed United, Mourinho will have to come up with something extraordinary if recent form is anything to go by.
Goals, as ever, will be the issue for Tottenham and the experiment of playing Dele Alli up front hasn’t worked as Mourinho had hoped. The predatory instincts of Kane and the pace and skill of Son have proved irreplaceable and, while Spurs will be set up to be solid and hard to breakdown, they will still need to shuffle their attacking options in order to really hurt United.
Injury problems have overshadowed Mourinho’s first few months in charge, in particular to Kane and Son – Spurs’ two main sources of goals
Tottenham vs Man Utd Head-to-Head Stats
Solskjaer Demanding More of the Same
In contrast to Mourinho, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be asking for more of the same following last weekend’s outstanding win over local rivals Manchester City. After some fallow periods through this season, Solskjaer has finally managed to find a winning formula that has brought with it some consistency.
Ironically, this success has come at a time when United are without arguably their two best players – Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford – and, theoretically, when the pair return to fitness, United will get even stronger.
Another big game, another BIG performance ?
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 11, 2020
Plenty Left to Play For
Unlike Spurs, who have only a Champions League place left to play for, United are still very much alive in both the Europa League and the FA Cup. Solskjaer’s men are playing with confidence and will head to London expecting to prosper at the expense of Spurs’ struggles and open up a significant seven-point gap between the two teams.
United’s renaissance has come at a time when many were starting to question the worthiness of Solskjaer’s appointment after a series of abject performances, which bore little resemblance to the swashbuckling, attacking style of soccer that Man Utd fans demand and have become accustomed to. But a timely return to form of French striker, Anthony Martial and Solskjaer finding a midfield combination that works, which includes a rejuvenated Nemanja Matic and Fred, has propelled them forward in a way few saw coming.
Miserly Mourinho to Keep It Tight
For Tottenham to get anything from this game, Mourinho’s men will need to discover some defensive solidity – a rare commodity for them these days – while also having enough forward thrust to cause problems for a United backline that looks increasingly water-tight. With Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire finally living up to their billing, the Red Devils’ back-four is now the third-best in the EPL.
So, we can’t expect too many goals here – unless United cut loose after a fast start – and Mourinho will be looking for Spurs to keep it tight and contained while making the most of the opportunities they get on the break. If they can do this, and only if they can do this, can I see Spurs getting something from the game. But Mourinho is wily and given his history will be going all out to avoid defeat.
Pick: Tottenham and Manchester United to draw (+220)
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