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We all missed football while it was gone these last few months, but you can argue that it was the English Premier League that was missed the most. The EPL has a worldwide audience and is considered the best league in the world by many. Just one day back in action and we already have a ton of talking points to discuss. Sheffield United were denied a win when what looked to be a clear goal was denied after the goal line technology and VAR failed in their tasks. The second game of the day on Wednesday saw Manchester City thump Arsenal 3-0 in a game that had a little bit of everything, with both sides reduced to 10 men at the end with a sending off and injuries coming into play. Every team has now played the same number of games, which means that the next round proper begins on Friday, with two more games to come. We are going to focus on what looks to be a good one, with Manchester United heading to London to face Tottenham and former manager Jose Mourinho. This should be a tight one, with the bookies listing it as a PK play. The goal total has been set at 2 ½.
When: Friday, June 19 at 3:15 PM EST
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
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Why bet on Tottenham
Tottenham came into the new season as one of the favorites to compete for the title, but they took a massive step back and went into the lockdown sitting in 9th. Their poor start to the season saw the front office move to sack Mauricio Pochettino and bring in Jose Mourinho as his replacement. Spurs have been seen as an underachiever for a few years now, winning nothing despite having one of the best young squads in the business. Whether that group stays together beyond the end of this season remains to be seen. Tottenham are 11-8-10 on the season and are 4 points back of United for the Europa League spot, which may become a UCL place if UEFA upholds their ban on Manchester City. At home, Tottenham are 8-2-4 this season, scoring 27 and surrendering 15.
Why bet on Manchester United
If you want to talk about a huge fall from grace, you need to talk about Manchester United in the years since Alex Ferguson retired. They have slowly slipped backward, but also appear to be on the brink of turning things around under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, assuming that the board gives him time to bring in the personnel that he wants. He has certainly done a good job of that thus far, with the signing of Bruno Fernandes looking like one of the best bits of business in quite some time. United are currently in 5th, but they have their eyes on Chelsea and a UCL place next season. On the road, Manchester United are 4-4-6, scoring 15 and surrendering 18.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It was Manchester United who came away with the 2-1 win at home when they faced Tottenham earlier this season. They might be worth a bet to pick up the road win, but I think we see this one end in a draw.