Are Manchester United Overrated by the Bookies?

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at Old Trafford could be summarised in a graph format, it would represent a rollercoaster, with the Norwegian taking caretaker charge of Manchester United in December 2018 and bringing about an upturn in fortunes which saw the former Red Devils striker handed a permanent contract.

Since then, there has been a huge slump, a resurrection, another slump and then a charge towards the Champions League places. Which brings us to the present moment where United have lost at home to Crystal Palace and won away to Brighton, with the latter victory being filed under the “massively fortunate” category.

Most firms are going odds-on about the home side winning this Premier League clash although there’s little evidence to suggest that Manchester United have a greater than 50% chance of claiming victory considering that they are yet to play the sort of enterprising football which saw them as the form team after lockdown last term.

The Red Devils have conceded three against the Eagles and two against the Seagulls, with Tottenham arriving off the back of scoring five goals at St Mary’s in their opening away clash.

Tottenham Facing a Ridiculous Week of Fixtures

Jose Mourinho knew this was coming but he must still feel exasperated by the headache of playing Chelsea in an EFL Cup on Tuesday before a Europa League encounter against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday. At least both of these contests are on home soil before heading to the north-west for this crunch clash at Old Trafford.

Son Heung-Min picked up a hamstring injury in the team’s recent 1-1 draw against Newcastle which saw Tottenham lay siege to the Magpies goal for most of the match but failing to build on Lucas Moura’s opener, with the visitors as big as 3/1 to come away from Old Trafford with three points.

While Spurs have a busy week of games, it’s virtually certain that Mourinho will write off the EFL Cup for his team this season and instead focus on being competitive enough to overcome Maccabi Haifa before aiming to sign off for the international break with at least a point in this game. The bookies have 11/4 about the draw happening in this clash.

What Do The Bookies Expect to Happen?

Manchester United are pegged as slightly uncertain favourites, with the Red Devils having been outplayed by Crystal Palace in their opener before the same happened against Brighton, although Solskjaer’s team did manage to land victory at the AMEX Stadium in what can be described as a smash and grab raid.

Many punters will think they can double their money by backing the home team against a Son-less Spurs, with the bookies offering similar odds about the draw and away win. The layers think it’s fairly likely that both teams will find the net in this clash with their quotes of 3/4 and it’s happened in both United EPL matches to date.

What Are the Best Bets for This Match?

We’re going to take a punt on two bets which are priced around the even money mark. Despite Gareth Bale probably needing more time before making a first appearance, we are still happy to go for Tottenham on the Asian Handicap betting market with half a goal start, with Mourinho likely to have a game plan to nullify the opposition.

In keeping with the “park the bus” narrative, we will also grab some even money about a low-scoring affair which means we want no more than two goals to be scored during the ninety minutes. United will be wary of a team who racked up five goals at Southampton.


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