Saturday sees a big night of Premier League football and it starts in North London.
Spurs Versus United
Tottenham will look to build on an opening weekend point. Manchester United will be grateful they came away with all three at home to Wolves.
Worst Possible Timing
Even though Manchester United picked up maximum points in their first Premier League outing of the season, you could argue that Tottenham was more impressive after being held by Brentford in West London.
Ange Postecoglou’s Premier League bow was delayed due to a lack of water at the Brentford Community Stadium, and it was certainly a baptism of fire for the Australian and his new look Tottenham team.
No Harry Kane to call upon but if there is one thing that was highlighted last Sunday, it does suggest that no one man is bigger than the team. Now, it is not going to be a talisman and ten others, everyone at Spurs is going to have to play their part.
A part that was certainly played by James Maddison on his debut, a pair of assists already in the history books and if Tottenham can sort out the attacking personnel before the end of the month, it will only bode even better for Postecoglou and his cohorts.
Especially if they can get the better of Manchester United in their first home encounter of the season and with expectations being set somewhat lower in North London, there is a sense of free-hit before Saturday.
The assessment is that fans saw more in 90 minutes than they have in years and because of this, they are prepared to take a few bumps in the road. Bumps that at the same time, United could take advantage of.
If that is to be the case, they will certainly need to offer more than they did on Monday evening. Raphael Varane may have scored the winning goal in the second half, but a lack of late refereeing decision played a huge part in their victory.
Whether this was down to ring rust or Erik ten Hag trying to tweak the positives from last season, the Red Devils offered little in the way of flair and at times it felt as the standard of football had regressed back to the darker days of Van Gaal or Mourinho.
Of course, the Premier League season is only a few days in, and we cannot read too much into one sole performance. At the same time, if United do make it two wins from two and have to scrap in order to do so, none of their fans will mind too much when it comes to pragmatism.
With that in mind, our latest bet builder is now up for grabs, and it looks like this:
- James Maddison to create at least one assist
- Match result draw
- Exactly 4 goals
For my latest bet builder offering, I am focusing my attention on James Maddison. As mentioned earlier, he made two goals in the 2-2 draw with Brentford, I am backing him to create at least one more on Saturday.
However, his efforts will not be enough to win the game, as I have backed the draw. Not only that, but this also has exactly four goals in my opinion – it has to be another 2-2 stalemate for it to be a winner and if it is, odds of 35/1 will be converted back into your betting account.