Manchester United travel to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday for what will be their first real test under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United’s temporary manager has won five on the spin since replacing Jose Mourinho in the hot-seat last month, but title-chasing Spurs are likely to be a much tougher proposition.
A favourable fixture list handed Solskjaer matches against Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and Newcastle United, and he duly guided the Red Devils to 12 points out of a possible 12.
That run of results has moved United to within six points of fourth-placed Chelsea, sparking talk that the team can bag a Champions League qualification place.
United are priced at 12/5 with 138.com to win the game and that looks a generous price in light of their recent form.
Eric Bailly is suspended for United following his red card against Bournemouth, while Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are out injured.
Romelu Lukaku is pushing for a start after scoring three goals in as many games off the bench, although it’s unlikely that Solksjaer will change a winning formula.
Spurs’ midfielder Eric Dier is back in contention after injury, but Victor Wanyama remains sidelined as he fights to recover from another long-term knee problem.
Lucas Moura, who scored twice in Spurs’ 3-0 win at Old Trafford earlier this season, will be assessed ahead of the game after sustaining a knee injury at Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup.
Jan Vertonghen will return to the squad after a thigh problem, while Heung-min Son is almost certain to start given that this will be his final game before leaving for the Asian Cup with South Korea.
Spurs head into the game third in the table, ten points in front of United and just six points behind league leaders Liverpool.
United have failed to win at Tottenham in their last six matches, their worst run at any other Premier League side during the same period.
However, Solksjaer has massively improved United’s fortunes over the past few weeks and he will be eager to push forward his claims to be given the manager’s job on a permanent basis with a strong showing against Spurs.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were beaten 3-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last home match, showing that they are still far from invincible at Wembley.
Their record against the top six continues to be an issue, with three of their five defeats this season coming against the Premier League’s big guns, and United are fancied to continue their resurgence this weekend.
Tottenham vs Man Utd Betting Tips
The two sides have scored 40 goals between them in their last six matches. Bet on over 3.5 goals at odds of 6/4 with 138 UK.
Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in his last three matches. Bet on the striker to score any time against Spurs at 15/8 with 138 UK.
United look capable of beating Spurs this weekend. Bet on both sides to score and United to win at 17/4 with 138 UK.
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