Tottenham - Manchester United Betting Preview: Shell-shocked Spurs to keep things tight at White Hart Lane

Andre Villas-Boas' side are hurting after last weekend's 6-0 defeat, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to put in a cautious performance against a defensive visiting team
Tottenham will be desperate to bounce straight back from their embarrassing 6-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City when they welcome their city rivals Manchester United to White Hart Lane on Sunday.

That loss was a second Premier League defeat in a row for Andre Villas-Boas’ men, and the under fire Portuguese boss is available at 8/5 (2.60) with Betway to lift the pressure with a big win against the champions.

Unlike their opponents, the Red Devils are currently in high spirits after Wednesday’s resounding 5-0 Champions League away win over Bayer Leverkusen and are on offer at 33/20 (2.65) to come out on top in the capital.

Two of the last three meetings between these opponents have resulted in draws at this ground, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them cancelling each other out once again this time out.

If any manager can empathise with Villas-Boas after the City debacle, it must be David Moyes, who was humiliated 4-1 by the same opponents in his first Manchester derby since taking over.

However, slowly but surely the former Everton boss has made that result look more and more like a mere blip after overseeing seven wins and four draws in his last 11 games, including a precious 1-0 victory over Premier League leaders Arsenal.

If Spurs are to bounce back in a similar fashion then they will have to go back to the basics that saw them equal their best ever start to a Premier League season after nine games, namely a watertight defence.

Prior to last weekend, the hosts had let in just six goals in 11 league games and kept six clean sheets, so a return to that form could not be more welcome when United come to town.

Moyes’ own conservatism in big games looks likely to help grant them that wish, with previous encounters against Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal having reaped only two goals between them.

With this in mind, odds of 4/5 (1.80) are surely the way to go on under 2.5 goals being scored here, in a bet that would have paid out in 10 of the hosts’ 12 league games so far.

In fact, considering a single goal or fewer has been scored in seven of Tottenham’s 12 league games, odds of 5/2 (3.50) are also well worth considering on this game replicating their visitors’ other high profile league clashes this season and producing under 1.5 goals.

Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with Betway
Under 1.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 5/2 (3.50) with Betway

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.