United are heavily favoured to continue their superb recent record over Spurs, while eyes will also be on north London for Chelsea's trip to Arsenal
|By PAUL GOUGH
Tottenham Hotspur might be showing signs of improvement after a slow start under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, but they face a familiar stumbling block in Manchester United in what is the pick of a huge Saturday of action in the English Premier League.
Spurs will head to Old Trafford as rank outsiders at Luxbet at $5.75 to win this game - with United at $1.55 and the draw at $3.95 - and it is hardly surprising considering, Tottenham's incredibly bad record against the Red Devils over the past decade.
While Spurs have been regulars in the top six in recent seasons, you have to go all the way back to May, 2001 for their last win against Manchester United with the Red Devils since being unbeaten in 26 matches against Spurs in all competitions - 20 wins and six draws.
Spurs have come close on occasions - Pedro Mendes was infamously denied a clear goal in the dying seconds of a drawn game in 2005 at Old Trafford when his 50-yard shot crossed the line but was not given, while they were also beaten on penalties in the 2009 League Cup final at Wembley.
But that breakthrough win has always proved elusive.
And despite Spurs now being unbeaten in their past six matches in all competitions - after losing to Newcastle on the opening day of the season - that breakthrough win against Man U is unlikely to arrive on Saturday.
While Spurs are in eighth place with eight points from five games, United sit second - one point behind Chelsea - on 12 points, and are on a high after beating arch-rivals Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield last week.
In further good news, superstar striker Wayne Rooney made a successful return from a gashed leg in the League Cup win over Newcastle on Wednesday.
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The other big game on Saturday is between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates, where the Gunners are favourites against the league leaders.
Elsewhere, in-form Fulham are great value at home at $4.25 at Luxbet to upset defending champions Manchester City, who have made a stumbling start to their title defence.
They have drawn three of their first five games, although they remain unbeaten.
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