United And Spurs To Entertain Yet Again

Wayne RooneyManchester United and Tottenham played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane on the first day of December so back the Red Devils and Spurs to go over the two-and-a-half goals line when they meet at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day.

Games between Manchester United and Tottenham have a history of being action packed and that was even the case during the time that Andre Villas-Boas spent as Spurs manager. The 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane earlier this season should have been much higher scoring. Even so, it was the fourth time in the last five meetings of Manchester United and Tottenham that backing over two and a half goals has paid dividends.

The majority of Manchester United’s English Premier League matches have gone over two and a half goals – 11 over and eight under – and Tottenham’s attitude change under novice boss Tim Sherwood means that Spurs have gone from an under two-and-a-half-goals team to one that looks likely to go over two and a half goals in most of their games.

Bwin is offering odds of 1.75 that Manchester United and Tottenham combine for three or more goals at Old Trafford and that stands out as the best midweek football wager.

Not far behind it is BetVictor’s offer of 1.92 that Arsenal beats Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium without conceding a goal. The disgusting manner in which Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has treated Malky Mackay means that every football fan who does support the Bluebirds will be quite happy to see them go down at the end of the season. Crisis club is an overused term in football but it fits Cardiff like a glove.

Cardiff has failed to score in five of its nine away matches in the English Premier League, while Arsenal has kept clean sheets in five of its nine home games in the top flight. It is inconceivable that Arsenal will not boost its title push by collecting three points from its Emirates Stadium clash against Cardiff but rather BetVictor’s offer of odds of 1.92 about the Gunners winning to nil is more attractive than the same bookmaker’s offer of odds of 1.25 about a home victory.

Swansea has not won any of its last six matches across all competitions, including home games versus Everton and Hull, so one has to fear for the well being of the Swans when Manchester City arrives at the Liberty Stadium with its confidence sky high and its away blues ancient history.

Manchester City took out the reverse English Premier League fixture 3-0 at Etihad Stadium only a few weeks ago and, such are the contrasting fortunes of the Citizens and their Welsh opponents, that BetVictor’s offer of odds of 1.62 about the title contenders accruing three points will be popular.

Wigan upset Manchester City in last term’s English FA Cup final but not much has gone right for the Latics since the greatest day in their history. Wigan was supposed to push for promotion back to the English Premier League at the first attempt but the Latics are on the bottom half of the English Championship ladder and their form is patchy.

One cannot say the same about Derby, which has gone on an amazing run since the Rams sacked Nigel Clough and hired Steve McClaren. Under McClaren, Derby has taken 32 points out of a possible 39 and positioned itself on the heels of Leicester, Burnley and Queens Park Rangers at the top of the English Championship ladder. Derby has won each of its last four home matches, whereas Wigan’s away statistics since crushing now bottom-of-the-pile Barnsley 4-0 on the opening day of the season comprise two wins, one draw and 10 losses.

Walsall and Sheffield United are two of English League One’s under two-and-a-half goals kings. Walsall and Sheffield United drew 1-1 at Bramall Lane and odds of 1.62 with BetVictor about the Saddlers and the Blades going under two and a half goals at the Banks’s Stadium appeal. Only six of Walsall’s 23 English League One games have gone over two and a half goals and just eight of Sheffield United’s 23 matches in the same competition have featured three or more goals.

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