Tottenham Hotspur welcome Manchester United to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening (17.30) in what is arguably the standout fixture of matchday two in the Premier League.
Ange Postecoglou’s side commenced the new campaign with a 2-2 draw away to Brentford last weekend, while the Red Devils scraped a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.
Cristian Romero was taken off with a head injury against Brentford, so it remains to be seen whether he’ll be passed fit for the visit of United.
Bryan Gil (groin), Rodrigo Bentancur (knee), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring), Fraser Forster (back) and Alfie Whiteman (ankle) all remain on the sidelines.
As for the visitors, Lisandro Martinez picked up an ankle knock in the victory against Wolves, but the Argentine is expected to fit for Saturday’s clash in North London.
New arrival Rasmus Hojlund (back), Kobbie Mainoo (ankle), Tyrell Malacia (knee), Amad Diallo (knee) and Tom Heaton (calf) make up a quintet of known absentees for Erik ten Hag, but Harry Maguire could return to the team after his proposed transfer to West Ham United collapsed.
Spurs to win and over 2.5 goals @ 11/4
Spurs looked threatening from the outset in their 2-2 draw with Brentford, and new boss Ange Postecoglou was known for his forward-thinking philosophy at Celtic, so I’m expecting a fast start here.
United rode the luck against Wolves and looked well of the pace, and whilst I’m expecting a better performance here, I still think the Red Devils could be suspect at the back.
United have scored at least twice in each of their last five meetings with Spurs and with Postecoglou’s men drew 2-2 in their opener, I’m expecting plenty of goals in this encounter.
United had a dismal away record in big games last term, collecting only one point from a possible 24 at the stadiums of the other teams that finished in the top nine, so I’m backing Spurs to get off the mark here and over 2.5 total match goals.
Marcus Rashford to score anytime @ 11/10
The Manchester United forward led the line for Ten Hag’s side on Monday night against Wolves with new arrival Rasmus Hojlund still on the treatment table, so I’m expecting the England international to retain his place up top here.
Ten Hag may also choose to deploy Rashford in his preferred position on the left wing and use Jadon Sancho as a false nine, which is something we saw from United in pre-season, if he wants to freshen things up after the disappointing performance last time out.
Rashford enjoyed a tremendous season last year, scoring 30 goals across all competitions. He scored in this fixture last term, so I fancy him to open his account for the 23-24 campaign here.