The form of both sides has been questioned this season despite good results but Adam Bate expects the goals to flow at Old Trafford on SaturdayManchester United have won few plaudits for their performances so far this season. Apparently Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are stuttering, showing signs of weakness and were fortunate against Liverpool and Galatasaray.
They’ve also won six matches on the bounce now.
Such are the demands upon Ferguson's side that winning is not enough and fans will be expecting a dominant display against Tottenham in the late kick-off on Saturday.
Manchester United are 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power to get the three points that could take them top of the Premier League depending upon Chelsea’s result at Arsenal earlier in the day.
Spurs – and more specifically Andre Villas-Boas – are another team under the spotlight despite rather than because of their results.
Talk of a media witch-hunt may seem over-the-top but a sequence six games without defeat does not suggest this is a club in crisis either.
When Spurs have clicked – such as against Reading or after the break against QPR – they have shown real promise and are attractively priced at 5/1 (6.00) with Paddy Power. The draw is available at 3/1 (4.00).
In the goalscorer markets, Robin van Persie is favourite to net first at an industry-best price of 4/1 (5.00) with Paddy Power.
Tottenham’s best bet is to back lone frontman Jermain Defoe to continue his encouraging form – he’s at 8/1 (9.00) to stun Old Trafford by netting the opener.
For a long-shot bet, if you were impressed by Rafael’s finish at Anfield last weekend, he’s an industry-best 33/1 (34.00) with Paddy Power here.
For the best bet in this fixture we must look to the goals market and specifically over 2.5 goals.
United’s last five Premier League games have all seen at least three goals with the majority featuring at least four.
The majority of Tottenham’s games this season have also seen three or more goals and both fixtures between the sides last season had at least three goals in them by United alone.
For the pick of the bets here, back over 2.5 goals at 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power.
But for the value bet we return to that man Robin van Persie. The Dutchman has five goals in four Premier League starts and will relish the chance to line-up against his old north London rivals.
Paddy Power are offering a price of 9/2 (5.50) against Van Persie netting twice in this fixture – that’s significantly better odds than any other bookmaker and the best value bet available in this one.
|Over 2.5 goals at 4/6 with Paddy Power
||Robin van Persie to score two or more at 9/2 with Paddy Power|
Sign up with Paddy Power for up to £250 in free bets and back Adam's selections for this game
Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on