2016-17 EPL: Tottenham vs Manchester United Betting Tips

May 14, 2017 by Posted in Soccer Tips

Manchester United
Chelsea completed the formalities and secured the English Premier League title with a win on Friday night. This makes the contest between Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United on Sunday, May 14th almost without context. However, this being the final game at the legendary White Hart Lane, there is enough excitement among Spurs’ supporters for this clash.

The goal now for Spurs is to secure the second spot
For the second year running, Spurs came close to winning their first league title since 1961. Now that the title is gone, all Mauricio Pochettino can hope is to secure the second spot. Spurs get the stick for choking at key moments this season but in reality, they were the only team pushing Chelsea.

Then of course is the farewell to White Hart Lane – their home of 118 years. With so many memories tied up to the stadium, there is no doubt that it would be an emotional weekend for the players, management and supporters alike.

What better way to celebrate this occasion than defeating the Red Devils! Spurs conceded just 23 goals throughout the season putting them on the verge of their best defensive record in the club’s history – of 32 goals.

United’s focus is elsewhere
Manchester United have seen their unbeaten record in the Premier League broken last week at the Emirates by Arsenal. Of course, Jose Mourinho has prioritized Europa League over Premier League commitments. Now that they have reached the finals and their chances of qualifying in top-four next to negligible, expect another weakened side to play this encounter.

They could be as many as seven points adrift of the top four before kickoff at the White Hart Lane. With the club resigned to finishing outside the top three for a fourth season running – first time happening since 1986-87 – Mourinho would keep his first squad players out of this match.

Nevertheless, United have a proud defensive record on the road this season having picked up more points away from the Old Trafford than at home.

The loss to West Ham could push Pochettino to make changes – a recall for Mousa Dembele and Kieran Trippier would be top of his agenda. United will be without many regulars due to injuries and Jose could keep the same side that played against Arsenal. With their priorities lying elsewhere, the Red Devils could be sliding towards another defeat. Odds of $1.85 (bet365) on a host win looks worthy of a punt.

TIP: Spurs to win – $1.85 at bet365

United is one of only two clubs that Harry Kane has failed to score against in the Premier League. With the visitors facing a defensive crisis, this could be his best chance to correct that stat. Back Kane to score a goal anytime in the game at odds of $2 (bet365).

TIP: Harry Kane to score anytime – $2 at bet365

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