The January blues are coming. The cold, dreary weather, the dark mornings and the amount of food and drink we indulged in over Christmas are all playing their part in making us feel a little bit down. But don’t worry, despite what the Special K advert and all the woman’s magazines say, you’re doing great this month!
Unless your name is David Moyes.
Yes, Manchester United are on a six game unbeaten run in the league and have clawed themselves to within eight points of Arsenal at the top of the table. However, Moyes’ record against Tottenham is as worrying as the fact that someone getting paid a lot of money at ITV has actually commissioned a second series of Splash.
- To be blunt, Moyes’ win record against Tottenham is just 29 per cent
- In 24 games against Spurs, Moyes has won just seven, losing 10 and drawing the other seven
- His heaviest defeat was a 5-2 beating at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day in 2005
The omens aren’t good and although another 5-2 win for Spurs on New Year’s Day is a long shot at 500/1, a win or a draw for Tottenham at Even money looks slightly more appealing particularly when you consider their away form this season.
- Despite the 6-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City, Spurs have a 79 per cent win rate on the road this season and if you only counted away games, they would be second – three points off Arsenal with a game in hand
- They have six away wins this season and five of them have been by a single goal
- Tottenham have conceded just 11 goals on their travels this season, a defensive record that is bettered only by Everton
Throw in the fact that David Moyes has won just 45 per cent of his January matches in the last decade and suddenly Manchester United fans wouldn’t be blamed if they got so hammered on New Year’s Eve that they just slept through the first month of 2014.
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