Nice double on the free tips last week with Spurs and Arsenal both easily winning!
Now on to this screamer of a game…
It’s now proven that coach Jurgen Klopp’s strategy of just “attack and attack” is beginning to fall apart. Liverpool’s frailties at the back had been exposed quite some time ago, but things came to a head at Wembley on Sunday when they were handed a 1-4 thrashing by Mauricio Pochettino’s men who now along with Manchester City look serious contenders for the Premier league title.
Tottenham Hotspur who are on a winning run of six games in all forms of competition will now head for Old Trafford this weekend where they will face a faltering Manchester United. Gone are the blustering moments for Jose Mourinho’s United when they were winning one outing after another to register one of their brightest starts to a Premier league season in recent times. After a slew of matches with bottom-half sides, it was a given that United would struggle against stronger opposition. They were lucky to come out with a draw against Liverpool and when they had a chance to gain three valuable points against first-time Premier league entrants, Huddersfield Town, they botched things up at the John Smith stadium, going down 1-2.
October 28th’s game will be the beginning of a series of games for the Red Devils where they will have to contend with top-flight opposition. For United, the worrying factor has been the sudden loss of form of their talismanic striker of the season, Romelu Lukaku. After getting a goal in each of his initial 7 outings, the Belgian striker has gone without adding to the tally from his last 4 games. Lukaku looked lost in the recent fixtures and it was only Marcus Rashford’s goals that have salvaged United from plain disaster during the month.
Against Huddersfield, an 80 per cent possession yielded just three shots on target and a solitary goal by Rashford which speaks volumes of the lack the imagination inside the rival box. Against a tight defense such as Spurs, the Red Devils will be hard pressed to score. Alderweireld, Sanchez and Vertonghen have been superb at the back, not to speak of the incredible Hugo Lloris between the posts. An avaricious Liverpool attack that hogged nearly two-thirds possession were easily kept at bay by the Spurs defense and while they counter-attacked it was to great effect. Harry Kane’s hunger for goals simply keeps growing. The 24-year old English international striker already has 8 goals for his club and has found terrific partners in attack in the form of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, one thing looks almost certain post the outcome of Saturday’s Old Trafford game – the Lilywhites look confident in maintaining their undefeated run of 10 games. But strangely bookmakers seemed to be wagering for a United win on Saturday. It would be a revival in form of sorts for the hosts if that were to happen.
Manchester United win: 23/20
Tottenham Hotspur win: 11/5
Recommended Tip: Tottenham to WIN, Best Odds 13/5 BetVictor