Where’s your head at?
Fresh from embarrassing Scottish football in mid-week, Spurs have a much tougher task tonight as they travel to Old Trafford.
August 22nd, 2011
Spurs actually kick-off their Premier League season tonight, much later than everyone else thanks to a combination of Sky TV scheduling and the action of some cheeky scamps in North London, and they head to a ground on which they haven’t won since Gary Lineker scored in December 1989. In fact, it has been a decade since Spurs took three points from United at any venue.
Tottenham’s cause won’t be helped by the fact that Luka Modric will not feature for tonight because, according to Harry Redknapp, “his head’s not in the right place”. We’re roughly translating that as “his head’s at Chelsea”. Of course, Modric may not get the move to the Bridge that he apparently craves, what with Chelsea close to a deal with Valencia’s Juan Mata and all, so he’ll have to get his head in the right place pretty quickly.
What is in Tottenham’s favour however is a bit of a defensive re-jigging at Old Trafford. With both Wes Brown and John O’Shea shipped out to Sunderland and Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Rafael all suffering from some form of injury after last week’s win over West Brom, a new partnership of Jonny Evans and Phil Jones will make up the middle of United’s back four.
Spurs, unsurprisingly, will be without Ledley King and both William Gallas and Alan Hutton will miss out as well.
All of that points to some goals. We’re not backing Tottenham to win, not even at 5/1, but we reckon that they’ll manage to beat David de Gea at least once. That makes the 8/11 available on either >2.5 goals or both teams to score our bets of the night.