Bookies not expecting the same again from Spurs

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Tottenham have already beaten Manchester United once this season, their victory at Old Trafford the only blot on the Premier League leaders’ copybook on home soil.

But bookies don’t expect them to complete a league double over Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, Stan James pricing the north London outfit as 2/1 outsiders as the teams renew hostilities at White Hart Lane.

It’s 5/2 with Skybet to finish all square and the hosts’ quality will certainly ensure that’s a popular wager but United have won nine and drawn one of their last ten league fixtures, form that’s hard to ignore, so they just about have the edge at 29/20 via BetVictor.

Nevertheless, like Sunday’s contest against Liverpool, this one will be a stern test for the Red Devils, who aren’t likely to have things all their own way and a case can subsequently be made for an away success by a one-goal margin at 10/3 (bet365).

BetVictor’s 10/1, posted against another 2-1 United triumph also stands out, especially as it seems probable that both teams will find the net (8/15, bet365) and it’s a slightly chunkier 8/13 at Stan James for the clash to produce three or more goals.

Robin van Persie meanwhile, will inevitably be well backed at 4/1 via Paddy Power to grab the first of those and with the in-form front man set to attract the ire of the home crowd due to his Arsenal connections, he’ll be as keen as anyone to strike.

The Gunners, looking on enviously as their former favourite scores for fun at Manchester United, will be hoping to close the gap on Spurs in the race for the Champions League places but it’s hard to see Arsene Wenger’s charges gleaning anything from the short trip across the capital to face Chelsea and indeed they’re odds-on at 5/6 with Paddy Power to emerge empty-handed at Stamford Bridge, where BetVictor offer 17/2 about a 2-1 home victory.

Champions Manchester City stayed in the title hunt with a 2-0 success at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and they should add another three points to their tally at the expense of Fulham, a result William Hill price at 1/4. That price gives little away however and more shrewd punters might back City, starting from a goal behind, at 8/11, in bet365’s handicap betting.

On Monday, Everton’s current solid form on the road should give them the upper hand at odds of 21/20 (Stan James) as they visit Southampton and in Saturday’s evening kick-off, West Brom are an enticing 8/11 courtesy of the same firm to pile more misery on beleaguered Aston Villa at the Hawthorns.

Liverpool can take plenty of positives from their second half performance at Old Trafford on Sunday and on the back of that showing they’re worthy favourites to overcome Norwich at 1/3 via Ladbrokes), who also rate West Ham at 11/10 to get one over on former boss Harry Redknapp and his QPR side.

In the remaining fixtures, William Hill chalk Swansea up at 6/5 to defeat Stoke, Newcastle are 5/6 with Ladbrokes to get back to winning ways against struggling Reading and Stan James make Wigan 11/10 to boost their survival hopes by seeing off Sunderland.

England were comprehensively outplayed in the second ODI against India, going down by 127 runs and now that they have drawn level at one-apiece, the hosts are favourites at 4/7 (Skybet) to go on and win the five-match series while the tourists have drifted to 6/4 at bet365.

The manner of the defeat for Alistair Cook and company lends appeal to Stan James’ 3/1 for India to eventually run out 4-1 winners and BetVictor make them 4/6 to move closer to that goal by sealing victory in the pair’s third clash in Ranchi.

Bet365 chalk England up at 13/10 but after their dismal batting performance on Tuesday, it’s hard to see them prevailing so it might be worth taking a bit more of a gamble by backing Joe Root at 7/1 (Stan James) to be the tourists top batsman.

Bet of the week: Robin van Persie to score first – 4/1 (Paddy Power)

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