Man City vs Arsenal – Carabao Cup Final Betting Tips
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Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino woke up in very different moods on Monday morning. While Pochettino could allow himself a minute to reflect on Tottenham’s impressive 4-1 win over Liverpool at Wembley Stadium, Mourinho could be forgiven for hitting the snooze button after Man Utd’s surprise defeat against Huddersfield.
It’s a cliché in football but managers really are only as good as their last result. That offers hope for redemption for Mourinho and provides the next challenge for Pochettino as the two meet at Old Trafford early on Saturday afternoon.
Man Utd 5/4 (William Hill)
Draw 12/5 (Bet365)
Tottenham 12/5 (Ladbrokes)
Tottenham’s improvement since Pochettino took control of the club is nothing short of remarkable. You could easily make the case that they’ve been the best team in England over the last two or three years and yet, they’ve lost each of their last three matches at Old Trafford. That will give Man Utd fans hope for Saturday’s game but only if Mourinho can get a reaction out of his players.
Mourinho is known for developing a ‘them and us’ mentality with his squads. He also tries to protect his players from criticism so his comments to the media at the John Smith’s Stadium illustrated just how angry he was with the performance. Mourinho claimed, “I don’t even remember a friendly match when our attitude was so poor,” as he laid into his players.
Mourinho took the view that bruising some egos was the best way of getting the best out of his team but does that mean that Man Utd will look to bounce back and return to the sort of football they were playing earlier on in the season? It’s unlikely.
Everybody in the Premier League knows that you cannot afford to give Tottenham even a sniff at goal. It’s not just that Harry Kane is scoring for fun, they have creative midfielders and the pace to launch devastating counterattacks out of nothing. Mourinho is not in the business of making things easier for his opponents so expect Man Utd to concern themselves primarily with defending.
Spurs are an incredibly difficult team to beat but the same is true of Man Utd when they are on their game. In what is a very big test for both sides, we could be in line for a very tight encounter in which the spoils are shared so take the 12/5 that Bet365 are quoting on the draw.
Draw 1-1 @ 6/1 (William Hill)
Man Utd 1-0 @ 7/1 (Bet365)
Man Utd 2-1 @ 9/1 (Bet365)
Draw 0-0 @ 9/1 (Ladbrokes)
Tottenham 1-0 @ 10/1 (Bet365)
Man Utd 2-0 @ 10/1 (Betfred)
Although Spurs are winless in three at Old Trafford, the picture is actually a little more complicated than it first appears. Spurs were only well beaten in one of those encounters (the other two both finished 1-0) and the North London side won on their two prior trips to Old Trafford.
The bookies are happy enough to make Man Utd the favourites but they’re rarely available at odds-against at home and the top of the Correct Score market is dominated by score lines which reflect a close run thing.
It may be tempting to go with the 9/1 that Ladbrokes are quoting on a goalless draw but that would surely underplay the attacking talent on the field. Man Utd will always have chances at home while Spurs have won each of their four away games in the Premier League thus far. William Hill make the 1-1 draw the favourite at 6/1 which looks to be a fair reading of the game.
Romelu Lukaku 10/3 (William Hill)
Harry Kane 7/2 (William Hill)
Fernando Llorente 5/1 (William Hill)
Marcus Rashford 6/1 (William Hill)
Anthony Martial 13/2 (William Hill)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 15/2 (William Hill)
Dele Alli 8/1 (William Hill)
Son Heung-Min 9/1 (William Hill)
Of all the battles going on all over the pitch on Saturday afternoon, most attention will be paid to two players who will rarely be within 40 yards of each other. At 24, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane are among the most exciting strikers in world football and have done battle for the Golden Boot in the last two seasons.
Kane’s come out on top in the stats battles with Lukaku and he’ll be very keen to come out on top when they meet at Old Trafford. The Tottenham and England striker has been in wonderful form since a quiet first couple of games and with slightly more to his game than his Belgian opponent, Kane is the best option in the First Goalscorer market at 7/2 with William Hill.
Match result draw at 12/5 with Bet365
Harry Kane to score first at 7/2 with William Hill