Manchester United and Tottenham both kicked off 2024 with victories in the FA Cup third round and they meet at Old Trafford on Sunday for their first Premier League fixture of the new year.
Tottenham to win - 21/10
Manchester United's injury crisis is easing and Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Christian Eriksen were among the first-team players returning to training this week.
Those fresh troops should help Erik ten Hag's cause over the rest of the season but, in the short-term at least, United's struggles may continue against Spurs at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils came from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in their last home league game on Boxing Day, but they followed that victory with a listless display in a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Tottenham have acted swiftly in the transfer market to compensate for their injury problems and the departures of Heung-Min Son, Pape Sarr and Yves Bissouma on international duty.
Timo Werner should start alongside Brennan Johnson, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison in a lively attacking unit, while Romania centre-back Radu Dragusin, an ever-present for Genoa in Serie A this season, is also available to make his debut.
Spurs have won four of their last five league games to revitalise their top four bid, the sole defeat a 4-2 loss at Brighton where Emerson Royal and Ben Davies were the starting centre-backs.
They should be more solid with Dragusin, Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero in the squad and at their price, they merit a bet to take three points at Old Trafford, having beaten United 2-0 in August's reverse fixture.
Before the comeback against Villa, United had lost seven of their previous 12 home games in all competitions while Spurs have won five of their 10 away league matches, also drawing 2-2 at Arsenal and 3-3 at Manchester City.
A Red Card In The Match - 4/1
A competitive clash looks likely at Old Trafford and referee John Brooks is worth backing to produce a red card in Sunday's showdown.
Brooks has sent off four players in his 12 Premier League matches this season, including Tottenham midfielder Bissouma in October's fixture at Luton.
There have been seven red cards in the Lilywhites' first 20 league games under Ange Postecoglou, while United had two players sent off during their Champions League group stage campaign and Diogo Dalot was dismissed for dissent in last month's draw at Liverpool.
Alejandro Garnacho Over 2.5 Shots - 4/6
Manchester United have scored just 22 goals in 20 league matches this season, two fewer than relegation-threatened Luton, but winger Alejandro Garnacho has been a ray of sunshine amid the gloom at Old Trafford.
The Argentine youngster is arguably United's most direct and dangerous attacking threat and he should be backed to have at least three shots against Tottenham.
Garnacho scored a brilliant overhead kick with one of his three attempts in November's win at Everton and in his last six league outings he's accumulated 24 shots.
The dynamic winger had four attempts in Monday's FA Cup win at Wigan, hitting the woodwork and testing the goalkeeper twice, and he can expect opportunities against a Tottenham side whose matches tend to be open, exciting contests.
Mason Mount, Victor Lindelof and Tyrell Malacia remain sidelined, but Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Christian Eriksen are back in training.
Sofyan Amrabat is at the Africa Cup of Nations, so youngster Kobbie Mainoo should start in central midfield.
New signings Timo Werner and Radu Dragusin are set to make their debuts. Centre-back Dragusin is likely to be preferred to Cristian Romero, who is a fitness doubt.
Heung-Min Son, Pape Sarr and Yves Bissouma are on international duty, while Ben Davies and Giovani Lo Celso are the latest additions to a lengthy list of injury absentees.
Manchester United have lost seven of their last 13 home matches in all competitions.
Tottenham have scored two or more goals in 15 of their 20 Premier League games this season.
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