Premier League betting guide: Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

The race for the Premier League title ends today. Everyone is already preparing for the Christmas rush and the chance to add the Premier League trophy to the Champions League crown that Manchester United…

Premier League betting guide: Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

The race for the Premier League title ends today. Everyone is already preparing for the Christmas rush and the chance to add the Premier League trophy to the Champions League crown that Manchester United already owns.

Manchester United takes on Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford, hoping to keep a brief assault on the title alive before it evaporates from their sights with a month to go. Gareth Bale and Harry Kane will be a tough nut to crack for Manchester United, and they’ll have to be on top of their game to defeat Tottenham.

Monday’s match was initially expected to end in a draw, but goals from three different players were enough to give Tottenham the victory over Manchester United. A goal from Kyle Walker and an own goal from Jose Gimenez made up the final score, which made this one a tie for the top spot in the EPL.

Spurs Hotspur stay in first place with 103 points, but Manchester United overtook them with a 77-point total. Arsenal remains third with 76 points.

Which team will finish top of the EPL on Monday night?

STORYLINES

— After losing their last match against West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back with a victory. Spurs are one game away from clinching their place in the EPL tournament for another season, but they’ll likely need to beat Manchester United in order to do so.

— Where Tottenham Hotspur are falling down in the race for the Premier League title could be thanks to a first-half goal from Manchester United. Gareth Bale was unlucky to end up with an assist for the red devils, but at least his side has kept themselves in the race for the top spot in the league.

— Manchester United will be looking to break Tottenham Hotspur’s spirit with a timely goal. The Red Devils are coming off a lackluster performance against West Ham United in their last match, but they have the ability to get back on track with a victory at Old Trafford.

— Harry Kane’s goal last night was a cool one that illustrated his everyman skills. The English striker is an offensive-minded striker, able to find his teammates when they go down a man, and he even managed to mark a United defender before darting into the box to bury the winning goal. Kane is a weapon for the Spurs, and Manchester United will need to be prepared to deal with his presence.

— Spurs have had success against Manchester United in the past, claiming three consecutive victories from the start of the 2014-15 season. But Louis van Gaal’s men have found success as well, having not lost in the Red Devils’ last 11 home Premier League matches.

KEY MATCHUP

Gareth Bale vs. Romelu Lukaku: There has been much speculation about who will score the winning goal for each of these sides tonight. While it could come from either player, the real key to the game will be who wins possession of the ball. Can Spurs keep possession, or can United make more passes in the offensive end to keep Spurs as penned-in as possible? Either way, possession will be key in this match.

STAR WEDNESDAY

Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard is on fire this year. He’s scored twice against Manchester City and again in the Red Devils’ last game against West Ham United. Lingard will need to build on his scoring prowess tonight to help help Manchester United keep a slight cushion in the standings with just a month left to play.

Last week’s match did not go as planned for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

Injuries: Manchester United – Eric Bailly (injured, out for season), Phil Jones (suspended), Anthony Martial (knee), Michael Carrick (niggle, out for the season), Tyler Blackett (hamstring, out for the season), Marcus Rashford (leg). Tottenham Hotspur – Kieran Trippier (ankle, out for the season), Ben Davies (knee, out for the season), Juan Foyth (ankle, out for the season), Eric Dier (hamstring, out for the season).

Prediction: Manchester United 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1

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