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Manchester United v Tottenham: Louis van Gaal is the cock of the North, and punters can kick-start the season with this 7/1 shot

Ahead of the first game of the season we've dusted off the stat book, and the numbers don't look good for Spurs. Luckily there is a 7/1 punt that could be the perfect way to welcome back Premier League action...

by Josh Powell | August 6, 2015

After an agonising 6,551,700 seconds without Premier League football (yes, we’re that bored we worked it out) football fans across the land will be relieved as Manchester United and Tottenham kick off at 12.45pm on Saturday. The first game of the new season brings with it plenty of excitement and anticipation, but before a ball has even been kicked in anger, we’re afraid to say the stats don’t look to promising if you’re a Spurs fan going into the opening weekend.

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  • Will Louis van Gaal continue United’s dominance over Tottenham? Get the latest odds here: Desktop | Mobile

Louis van Gaal restored order last season with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Spurs at the Theatre of Dreams. Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney were all on the scoresheet within 35 minutes as the Red Devils strolled to a comfortable win. That tends to be the status quo when Tottenham travel to OT, with the Londoners managing a measly two victories there from 23 attempts in the Premier League.

Both of these results came in the last few years, and one of them was during David Moyes’ disastrous tenure so you have to take that with a very large pinch of salt.

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Unfortunately for Tottenham fans, the stats don’t get any kinder. In more than two-and-half years as a Premier League manager, Mauricio Pochettino has faced United five times, and failed to win on every occasion. At the risk of clutching at more straws than a masturbating scarecrow, Poch has managed to draw three of those games, so it may not be all as bad as it sounds.

Slightly more worryingly for Spurs might be their habit of starting slower than Windows 95 on your old PC. Since the Premier League began they have won just 35 per cent of their opening day games, picking up 30 points from a possible 69. In the same time period Aston Villa have picked up 32 points. It probably won’t help that Tottenham have been in Germany this week and had friendly matches on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, while Manchester United have had nine days rest since returning from their pre-season tour.

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So what about a punt for Saturday’s big game. Well the trends are pointing to a good day for LVG and co. but at 8/13 for the win, the prices are a touch on the thin side. Perfect for an accumulator, but hardly a bet that will make you a tidy sum before the 3.00pm kick-offs. Alternatively we’re hoping to start the season with a bang and click a 7/1 winner by backing United to win 2-1. (Desktop | Mobile)

  • Last season seven of Man United’s 20 wins were by a scoreline of 2-1, a 35 per cent strike rate. It was by far their most popular winning scoreline throughout the campaign.
  • Tottenham lost 12 games last season in the league, and 25 per cent of these were by a 2-1 scoreline.
  • In 60 per cent of Manchester United’s wins last season, both teams found the back of the net.

Will it be a winning start to the new campaign for Louis’ Gaal-aticos, or will Spurs upset the odds at one of their least favourite Premier League away grounds. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, make sure you get the very latest odds over at PaddyPower.com: Desktop | Mobile

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