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Manchester United vs Tottenham: Spurs can halt Old Trafford hoodoo

Manchester United vs Tottenham Match Preview and Predictions

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Match information

When is it? Monday 27th August

What time is kick-off? 20:00

Where is it being played? Old Trafford

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Craig Pawson

Jose Mourinho will be in the spotlight on Monday night as Manchester United take on Tottenham at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese seemed deeply unhappy even before the season had started but the 3-2 defeat at Brighton meant United find themselves in the eye of a storm.

With question marks surrounding the happiness of Paul Pogba, this could be a good time for Tottenham to arrest a four-match losing run at Old Trafford and extend their perfect start to the season.

Manchester United vs Tottenham Betting Tips

Check out our three best tips for the game below:

The lowdown

Spurs beat Newcastle and Fulham to join five other clubs with maximum points but they will need to overcome a poor recent record at Manchester United if they are to maintain their 100% record.

The north Londoners have lost their last four games at Old Trafford and failed to score on every occasion.

United have won this fixture 1-0 in the last three seasons and a repeat of that scoreline is 8/1, but instead we're going to take Mauricio Pochettino's side to win and under 3.5 goals at 5/2.

Mourinho orchestrated 15 wins from 19 at Old Trafford last season, but the atmosphere seems poisonous around the club despite the manager saying otherwise.

Since the end of October, 14 of United's 16 home games have produced three goals or fewer and with Mourinho focused on defence we're expecting the outcome to be settled by a single goal.

First goalscorer tips

Dele Alli remains one of Tottenham's most potent forces and think the attacking midfielder can break the deadlock at 10/1.

Alli opened the scoring during Spurs' 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford and he also struck the winner at Newcastle on the opening weekend, so his confidence will be high.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Although we're not expecting too many goals on Monday night, Kieran Trippier looks an interesting prospect to score anytime at 8/1.

The England defender is sharing free-kick duties with Christian Eriksen and scored from a dead-ball situation against Fulham.

Where the game will be won and lost

United got off to a great start on the opening night of the Premier League when Pogba scored from the spot against Leicester inside the first five minutes, but the team went into their shell after that and were lucky to come away with three points.

The Red Devils are still taking too long to launch attacks which makes it difficult to break down well-organised defences.

United produced an xG of just 0.87 against Brighton, excluding their penalty, and are seventh in the fledgling table with an average of 1.56xG.

Last season, United were level at the break in eight of their home games at half-time, including both wins against Spurs in the FA Cup and the Premier League, so the next of our free football tips is for Draw HT/Tottenham FT at 11/2 with the visitors sneaking a 1-0 win at 17/2.

Team news

Alexis Sanchez, Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia are possible options for Manchester United after injury. Summer signing Diogo Dalot is also training for the first time.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has a decision to make over goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after he was charged with drink-driving. Son Heung-min is still away on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Games.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Manchester United's recent record against Tottenham is too good to ignore and their results from last season and this one read W16 D2 L2. They may have their troubles but the comfort of home will settle their early-season jitters.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football