Tottenham vs Manchester United preview, betting tips and prediction: Kane to shine but hosts to grab point in big clash

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Score draw @ 7/2 with Betfair 

1-1 draw @ 11/2 with Betfair

Harry Kane to score first and Tottenham to win @ 6/1 with Betfair

Both Manchester United and Tottenham had contrasting results last weekend, and they said everything about the attitude some top clubs have towards different Premier League games. Spurs showed United just how weak Liverpool’s defence was, after Jose Mourinho refused to attack it in a recent stalemate at Anfield, running out 4-1 winners, while the Red Devils fell to a shock 2-1 loss at Huddersfield.

Beating Liverpool was a chance for Mauricio Pochettino’s men to flex their muscles and prove they are title challengers. Mourinho spoke of how his players struggled to get motivated for their clash on a rainy afternoon against a battling newly-promoted side at the John Smith’s Stadium; he has also admitted that he lives for the big games. In that sense, a game at home to Tottenham, a real rival at the top end of the table, could be just what Manchester United need.

A victory in this fixture last year showed the capability of the team and Mourinho despite a very disappointing domestic campaign. It will be a very interesting match up because while goals have suddenly become an issue for United, they certainly aren’t for Spurs. Mourinho has tended to try and nullify the bigger teams and beat the smaller ones, but that will be very tough against a side who have scored three goals or more six times in all competitions so far this season. Harry Kane remains on fire, returning to the scoresheet after two games with a brace against Liverpool.

The fact the game is at home may make Mourinho attack a little more, but he will be wary of pushing on too much, especially with Phil Jones set to miss out and be replaced by Victor Lindelof, who was hugely at fault for one of Huddersfield’s goals. If there is a favourite, it has to be Spurs, even though they have a dreadful record at Old Trafford, winning there just once in the Premier League era. Backing an away win with Kane as FGS is very generously priced at 6/1 with Betfair, and it is most definitely worth a look.

But United cannot be counted out and this is a clash of the two most in form strikers in the league this season in Kane and Lukaku. The latter scored in his first seven league games but that seems to have been overlooked; he will provide a focal point in attack for United and they will have chances and are therefore a good bet for a draw. It is unlikely to end 0-0 so a share of the spoils with BTTS at 7/2 is much more likely.

Key battle: Victor Lindelof vs Harry Kane

There can be no other battle more intriguing than this one truthfully. Kane showed what he can do against a defender low on confidence last week when he embarrassed Dejan Lovren. Lindelof has been criticised heavily in the aftermath of his mistake, but he is highly rated and backed to improve.

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He will face the most feared striker in Europe right now and Kane will view it as an opportunity. If Spurs are to win, Kane will more than likely score and it is easy to see who he will look to play up against at Old Trafford.

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