Betting preview: Tottenham vs Man Utd: Back Red Devils to come out fighting at goal-shy Spurs

If wounded animals are the most dangerous, then be very wary of Manchester United this weekend.

Crisis club Manchester United will attempt to get their season back on track when they travel to Tottenham this weekend.

The Red Devils have lost their last two Premier League matches, conceding nine goals in the process. In fact, they haven't won in the Premier League since August 19 when they rode their luck to overcome West Ham at London Stadum.

The 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool last time out was especially grim and it understandably heaped the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has managed to cling onto his job for now, but it definitely feels like the clock is ticking on his Old Trafford reign.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are a place and a point above Man Utd but they have concerns of their own.

They have struggled for consistency this season and a minus goal difference despite being in the top six certainly suggests that the margins have been perilously small.

When, where and how to watch

When: Saturday, October 30, 5.30pm BST

Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

How to watch: Sky Sports

Best bets for Tottenham vs Manchester United

Manchester United to win to nil at 7/2

Half-time draw, full-time Manchester United at 5/1

Cristiano Ronaldo to score and assist a goal at 9/1

It's perhaps counter-intuitive to back a team who have conceded nine goals in two games to suddenly start winning to nil, but it could prove profitable.

Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in 27 of the 58 Premier League matches they have played against Tottenham, and you just know that 5-0 tonking to Liverpool has seen a greater emphasis placed on defensive structure during training this week.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd vs Leicester

By the same token, United will likely start the game with a plan to keep it tight at the back, get to half-time level, and win it after the break. That brings the half-time, full-time market very much into play.

Finally, big defeats tend to bring a big response from big players, so expect a powerful performance from a wounded Cristiano Ronaldo.

Last time out

West Ham 1-0 Tottenham (October 24, 2021)

Tottenham won away at Burnley in the League Cup in midweek, but their last Premier League outing was not a happy one.

They made the short trip across the capital to face London rivals West Ham, but in truth the final score flattered them a little.

On the other hand, West Ham are a genuine force this season and they are capable of beating anyone, so just how much could, and should, be read into this particular defeat is questionable.

Premier League form (most recent first): LWWLL

Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool (October 23, 2021)

If you're a Man Utd fan, you might want to look away now. Their defeat to Liverpool was the kind of outcome we all fear before our team play a big derby match but you never think you'll see.

United never even got into the game. They were behind after five minutes, two down within a quarter of an hour and four down before half-time.

By the time they had Paul Pogba sent off on the hour, the inquest had already well and truly started.

The worst thing about it, though, was how no one was really surprised that it happened.

Premier League form (most recent first): LLDLW

Premier League head-to-head

Tottenham wins: 10

Draws: 12

Man Utd wins: 36

Tottenham goals: 57

Man Utd goals: 98

Manchester United with a point to prove

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba look dejected during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

Whether Solskjaer held onto his job this week because the board still believe in him or they couldn't get a replacement is anyone's guess.

The fact of the matter is that he's still there and will be keen to prove his doubters wrong.

Not just Solskjaer, either, but the whole Man Utd team. They have been vilified by fans and the media since that drubbing at the hands of Liverpool and that won't have sat well with the big egos in the dressing room.

Expect them to come out fighting in this one before reverting to type in their following fixture.

Goal-shy Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur's Tanguy Ndombele (left) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game with team-mates during the Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle.

If there is one thing Tottenham have not had to worry about for years, it is goals. Harry Kane generally guarantees them, but he still does not look himself.

Tottenham have scored just nine goals in nine Premier League games this season, and a third of those came in one game.

Five wins from nine games is never to be sniffed at, but the manner of those victories is a cause for concern for Spurs fans. They are yet to win any of them by anything greater than a one-goal margin, and that doesn't suggest they are playing with the kind of authority they have enjoyed in recent years.

Goalscorer bets for Tottenham vs Man Utd 

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes during the UEFA Champions League, Group F match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

With Kane still out of sorts, Heung-min Son has carried the brunt of the goalscoring burden for Tottenham and done it admirably.

He is 11/2 to score the first goal and that could be good value, but consider Lucas Moura at 7/1 too.

Manchester United, for all their struggles, still have an array of brilliant attacking talent at their disposal.

If you don't fancy Ronaldo to open the scoring, then Bruno Fernandes at 6/1 looks a solid shout.

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