Man United v Spurs betting
Tim Sherwood faces his biggest test as Tottenham manager as he takes his side to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on New Year's Day - televised at 5.30pm on BTSport 1.
Spurs have won two and drawn one of Sherwood's first three league matches in charge, scoring 7 goals, and a win would take them above United in the league.
But bookmakers think that's unlikely - they can be backed at 4/1 with Bet365 to win, while United are available at best odds of 5/6 with BetVictor and the draw at 29/10 with Bet365.
Given the last two games between these sides have finished 2-2 and 1-1, it's certainly worth noting that if this match ends as a draw, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast bets.
Spurs won this fixture 3-2 last season and are unbeaten in their last 3 matches against United. However, that was their only win over United in their last 29 meetings in all competitions dating back to 2001. Indeed, it was their first win at Old Trafford since 1989!
United have shown signs of a revival of late and their 1-0 win at Carrow Road on Saturday was their sixth successive win in all competitions. Danny Welbeck has scored 4 goals during that run, including the winner against Norwich, and the England striker can be backed at 11/2 with Bet365 to score first on Wednesday.
But Wayne Rooney is likely to return to the starting line-up for this game and he will be relishing the opportunity to add to the two goals he scored in that 2-2 draw against Spurs at White Hart Lane earlier this season.
Rooney has now scored 9 Premier League goals against Tottenham, including 7 in his last 6 starts against them and can be backed at a generous looking 13/10 with Bet365 to score at any time in this game (just 10/11 with Sky Bet, Coral and William Hill).
Roberto Soldado has scored 4 of his 5 league goals this season from the penalty spot, but given that United haven't conceded a penalty in 76 Premier League games, he's unlikely to improve upon that statistic here and at the prices we'd prefer an each-way bet on Emmanuel Adebayor to score first at odds of 10/1 with Paddy Power, who offer 1/3 the odds for the 'place' in this market - if your player scores any of the first 5 goals. And of course, we get our money-back on the win part of that bet if it loses but the game ends as a draw.
Finally, with that Paddy Power offer firmly in mind, we'll recommend a few scorecast bets with them. Try Rooney to score first and United to win 2-0 at 28/1, Rooney to score first and United to win 3-0 at 45/1 and Adebayor to score first and United to win 2-1 at 100/1.
|Wayne Rooney||Anytime Goalscorer||13/10||Bet365|
|Emmanuel Adebayor||First Goalscorer
|Rooney / United 2-0
|Rooney / United 3-0
|Adebayor / United 2-1
*Money-back if the game finishes as a draw.