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Manchester United and Spurs Set for Sunday Stalemate
Eric Roberts 2016-12-10 in Football Tips
It’s a cracking day in the Premier League on Sunday with four games – three of which are live on TV! You can find our preview of Liverpool v West Ham here, and we’re also looking at the other two live games to keep you up to date with the best TV bets of the day.
Clearly the pick of the action is Manchester United against Spurs, where Jose Mourinho’s men are looking to put a run of four consecutive home draws behind them. Tottenham’s return to form has coincided with the return of Harry Kane, but it was all too little too late as far as Champions League qualification in midweek was concerned. They drop into the Europa League alongside United, but make no mistake, the Premier League remains the top priority for both sides. Don’t forget that Bet365 are offering a free £50 in-play bet on this match, which you can claim by clicking below:
Meanwhile, Chelsea are on a hot streak of eight successive league wins, and that’s helped them to forge three points clear at the top of the table. The Blues welcome an in-form West Brom to Stamford Bridge in the early kick off, but it’s hard to look past Antonio Conte’s slick side.
Manchester United v Tottenham
The match between United and Spurs is tough to call, and the value lies with another Old Trafford draw at 12/53.40+2402.402.40-0.42 with Bet365, Ladbrokes and BetVictor.
The Red Devils are some way off the pace in the Premier League, sitting in 6th position, but already a huge 13 points behind Chelsea. The United sides of the past may have been able to make up that sort of ground – remember that season where they reeled in Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle – but it’s a tall order with this current squad.
Eric Bailly is due to return to the baackline after appearing in the Europa League in midweek, while Carrick and Valencia are likely to come back in after being rested. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has started to look like the player we saw in Germany last season, and the likes of Martial, Rashford and Lingard give Mourinho a host of attacking options to add to Rooney, Mata and Ibrahimovic.
The main man at Spurs is Harry Kane, but both Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are also coming back to their best for, and Toby Alderweireld could come back into central defence after coming on as a sub against CSKA Moscow in midweek.
Manchester United haven’t lost at home in ten matches across league and cups, while their only Old Trafford defeat of the season came to Manchester City back in September. Spurs have only lost once home or away in the league this year – the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea – but haven’t won in seven away games across league and cups, with four draws and three defeats on their recent travels.
This game is always a high intensity match, and it’s one to sit back and enjoy. With so little to choose between the sides, the stalemate is the value call in a very difficult encounter to predict.
Chelsea v West Brom
Our next TV bet is to back Chelsea to win by at least two goals against West Brom at 7/81.88-1140.88-1.140.88 with Bet365 and BetVictor
Tony Pulis and West Brom may be suffering from a touch of vertigo when they glance at the league table and see their side in 7th position, but the Baggies fully deserve to be there after a great run of form. Victories over Leicester, Burnley and Watford were only interrupted by a 1-1 draw at Hull, and for now at least West Brom fans are entitled to dream of European football.
However, a glance at their results shows recent defeats to both Liverpool and Man City, pointing to a trend of West Brom struggling against the bigger clubs. There are none bigger and better than Chelsea in terms of form in the Premier League, with those eight straight victories propelling them to the top of the pile. It’s not just been the results, but the manner of them which has caught the eye. Antonio Conte’s men have beaten the -1.5 Asian Handicap in six of those eight wins, including games against Manchester United and Manchester City. Last week’s 3-1 victory at the Etihad was highly impressive, and Chelsea wouldn’t even have to reach those heights to put West Brom to the sword quite comfortably here.
Manchester United and Tottenham to Draw
Sunday 11th December, 14:15 GMT
Chelsea -1.5 to beat West Brom
Sunday 11th December, 12:00 GMT
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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