It is only the third week of the season, but the pressure is already on Manchester United and manager Jose Mourinho. United is coming off a very disappointing 3-2 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion and another loss on Monday against Tottenham could turn up the heat on Mourinho.
United beat Leicester City at Old Trafford in their season opener, but this game against the Spurs figures to be even more difficult. Let’s look at this Monday match on NBCSN and Premier League picks.
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Tottenham at Manchester United
Date and Time:Monday, August 27, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Premier League Odds at BETCRIS:
Manchester United +154
Total 2.5 over -126
Manchester United -120
Tottenham vs. Manchester United TV Coverage:NBCSN
United is listed as a slight favorite in this game, but if you look simply at the two teams right now you have to think Tottenham is the better squad. The problem for Tottenham is that they almost never win at Old Trafford. They have lost their last four trips to Old Trafford. Tottenham has just eight wins in Premier League action against United versus 33 losses.
If you throw out the history, you have to like manager Mauricio Pochettino's side in this contest. Tottenham is 2-0 with wins over Newcastle United and Fulham. The Spurs have a potent offense led by Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. The United backline is weak and it could be that Mourinho has to make changes to the partnership of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.
There is probably not a better time to play United than right now. The defensive problems for United are not going away. Bailly has no confidence and Lindelof is struggling. United does have some scorers, but so far they are not getting much from their top players. Alexis Sanchez is probably going to miss this game due to injury. United is hoping that they will have Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia available for this contest. Both players missed the first two games, but they have been back at training this week.
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Harry Kane is the top striker in this game. He will be looking to score 30 goals or more for the third time in four seasons. The problem for Kane in his career has been scoring against Manchester United. He has scored just one goal against them in eight games. He has never scored a goal in his career at Old Trafford. That should change on Monday, as the United defense is weaker than it has been in a long while.
United has won their last four matches at home against Tottenham and didn’t give up a goal in any of them. The matches between these two teams are usually tight and low scoring. In the last nine matches the teams have not combined to score more than three goals. In seven of the nine matches at least one team failed to score a single goal.
Tottenham vs. Manchester United Free Picks
If there was ever a time for Tottenham to pick up a road win at Old Trafford it would be on Monday. United simply isn’t playing well right now and there are rumblings that Mourinho could be on a short leash. I think there is a lot of value on the Spurs on the three-way line at +178 in this contest. I also think that Kane is worth taking to score a goal in this one at plus money. I will back Tottenham in this Monday match.
Tottenham vs. Manchester United Pick:Tottenham +178 at BetCris
Tottenham vs. Manchester United Score Prediction:Tottenham 2, Manchester United 1
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