Spurs haven't beaten the Red Devils on the road since 1989 and there is little to indicate that pattern will change this evening.
If you like a bet, chances are that is likely as you are reading this article, then you would hard pressed to find a case for Spurs at Old Trafford. The last time the north Londoners beat the Red Devils away from home the Premier League had yet to be invented when Gary Lineker grabbed the winner way back in 1989.
Indeed, the last time Tottenham beat United in any game at all a certain Sir Alex Ferguson was planning to retire in a year's time. That was back in 2001 for anybody wanting to check the history books.
Manchester United taking three points off Tottenham has become as annual an event as Arsenal failing to win a trophy. At a price of 1.61 the hosts are fine value to maintain the pattern against Harry Redknapp's team.
United began their campaign with a win against West Brom where new goalkeeper David de Gea continued to struggle. Bet365 have suggested the Spaniard's shaky start could continue and are taking bets @ 6/1 (7.0) that the 20-year old will concede from outside the penalty area and 25/1 (26.0) that he will give away a penalty.
Bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth said, “The general consensus seems to be that de Gea should have dealt with Edin Dzeko’s effort and he could have thrown his cap on Shane Long’s daisy cutter so Harry’s bound to have Spurs trying their luck.”
Mind you Spurs have only scored once against United in their last four games. The champions are without Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic so a young backline and a less than convincing goalkeeper just might give Spurs hope.
United look a very solid if not a great value bet @ 1.61 to kickstart their home campaign with a win. Three of the last six matches between the sides have gone over 3.5 goals and that is a rather more inviting 2.62.
Wayne Rooney scored the Red Devils' first goal of the season and he's 5.0 to net the opener tonight again with 2.0 anytime. Ashley Young might also be worth a bet @ 3.40 to get on the mark during 90 minutes. Nani, who has scored three times in his last three games against Spurs, is 3.20 to net in the game.
Spurs spanked Hearts 5-0 last week with Rafael van der Vaart (3.75 anytime) and Jermain Defoe (3.75 ) both looking sharp. This is Spurs' first league game of the season after their opener with Everton was cancelled due to the riots in Britain. History indicates they would be better off staying at home for this clash too.
Match Odds: Man Utd 1.61, Draw 3.75, Tottenham 6.0 (bet365)
Best Bet: Nani to score anytime @ 3.20
Value Bet: Wayne Rooney to score first @ 5.0
Just for fun: David de Gea to save a penalty @ 34.0
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