With their city rivals breathing in their neck, Manchester United can’t afford any false steps and losing away at Tottenham would be such a costly mistake. Their opponents are not to be trifled with, as they haven’t lost in almost two months and they have also improved the number of goals scored. While the visitors are aiming another Premier League title, the hosts would gladly settle for a Champions League berth, as the gap separating them from the leader is too wide to close. Having said this, punters should be looking for a low scoring game, despite the fact that bookmakers suggest otherwise.

Except for the most recent results when both teams managed to keep a clean sheet, neither Manchester United nor Tottenham were very successful in the defense. They could count on the fact that their opponents were afraid to make a move against them, but tonight things change dramatically. The visitors will start with Rooney and Hernandez upfront, but having Nani and Valencia right behind them means that Sir Alex Ferguson is basically starting with a 4-2-4 formation. On the other hand, there is always the possibility of a sudden change of plans and United could field the same team that defeated Liverpool.

Either way, Tottenham has plenty of reasons to fear the visitors and will only send Adebayor and Defoe in the offense, while using a standard 4-4-2 squad. The first half is decisive, because if either teams succeed in scoring an early goal, the opponents will be forced to retaliate. Given the high stakes and the considerable pressure bearing on the shoulders of both coaches, we predict a rather quiet first half. If this prediction holds, then punters who go for the under 2.5 goals to be scored, will scoop a nice payout.

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