Man Utd may have strung a few wins together in all competitions, but victories over Luton Town and a second-string Brighton side in the League Cup hardly convince that they’re heading in the right direction, while they were highly fortunate to walk away with all three points against the Seagulls last weekend in the league.
Prior to that, they were well beaten at Old Trafford by Crystal Palace, as a lack of transfer activity threatens to undermine their season before it’s really begun.
Spurs have hardly set the league ablaze either and have already dropped four points this term as they lost to Everton on the opening day and drew with Newcastle last weekend.
They have shown more in the cups, downing Chelsea midweek on penalties, but though Jose Mourinho will be pleased with the 7-2 win over Israeli outfit Maccabi Haifa on Thursday, playing two midweek fixtures is a tough ask on his squad ahead of this clash.
Heung-min Son has already fallen foul to the schedule with a hamstring complaint and with Gareth Bale not due back in action until after the international break, Mourinho will pray nothing happens to Harry Kane, who played 75 minutes in the Europa League.
Still, he’ll be bitterly disappointed if his side can’t muster a goal here, with neither team convincing at the back.
Both Teams To Score
Spurs are yet to keep a clean sheet in eight appearances this season in all competitions, despite having also played Macedonian outfit Shkendija in the Europa League, with both teams scoring in the last seven. In fact, both teams have found the net in 16 of Spurs’ 20 away league matches since the start of last season.
Meanwhile, Man Utd have already conceded five times in just two games in the new campaign, as the need for a new left-back and a quicker centre-back partner for either Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof is apparent.
Strangely, at least one team or the other has failed to score in nine of the past 12 league meetings since 2014/15.
However, both of the exceptions came in last season’s meetings, and given how porous these two can be at the back, we would expect both teams to score here.
Man Utd won five of six at Old Trafford over this period since 2014/15, though at odds-on we couldn’t be backing them here given their current problems.
However, we also wouldn’t fancy getting behind Spurs in the outright, who have hardly excelled on their travels in recent times. They’re just W5-D8-L13 since February 2019, as all but one of those victories came over bottom-half sides.