Tottenham named a surprisingly strong team for their trip to the lowly Newport County in the FA Cup on Saturday, with Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Moussa Dembele, Fernando Llorente, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, and Jan Vertonghen among the first team players to start the game. What was even more surprising is the fact they could only manage a draw though, and even that required a late equaliser after the likes of Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min had been brought on.
This followed on from Spurs disappointing draw against Southampton the weekend before and sets up yet another fixture in an already crowded season. Considering their massive reliance on a few star names, this constant stream of fixtures could well take it’s toll.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions to be fair, but they have dropped far too many needless points this season and they haven’t really shown up against the top teams. They did beat Liverpool 4-1 at home, but apart from that they have lost against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea in the league this season.
Manchester United are in great form at the moment as well. They comfortably beat Yeovil 4-0 in their FA Cup tie to make it five wins on the bounce, and after a worrying spell of draws, The Red Devils finally seem to be back on their feet.
This recent success has taken them back to 2nd place in the Premier League, with a three point lead over 3rd placed Chelsea but a 12 point deficit on the incredible Manchester City. They will be hoping the arrival of Alexis Sanchez can start to narrow the gap though.
The main reason behind the visitors’ return to form has been a revival of their goalscoring prowess. This is true away from home as well, where they have scored in each of their last six in the Premier League and netted two or more in five of these. This, along with Spurs’ recent poor performances, makes a Manchester United Over 1.5 Team Goals bet look a good choice.
The main value lies in the Both Teams to Score market though. Tottenham have scored in each of their last 16 competitive games and have only failed to score in one of their home Premier League games this season, although they have conceded in seven of these 12 games. The visitors have conceded in six of their last eight on the road too, so we’re backing that alongside a 2-2 correct score predictions.
Harry Kane is the obvious choice for the goalscorer predictions. He has scored an incredible 21 league goals in just 23 appearances this season and has added a further six in the Champions League and three in the FA Cup. This takes his entire tally to 30 goals in 28 games this season, so backing him to find the net here looks good value for money.