Matchday 3: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.
Manchester United vs. Tottenham
Location: Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United come into this match as slight favorites over Tottenham after being upset by a Brighton squad last week. Current projections suggest at least 3 goals will be scored.
Manchester United comes off what has to be an embarassing performance from the side that finished second last season. They allowed 2 goals in 2′ of playtime, and while they made a reasonable attempt to come back — it’s not good enough for Mourinho or the United fans. They will have to do better and I think they will this time. Lindelof and Bailly were atrocious but there hasn’t really been defensive consistency, and frankly, it can only get better, right? Hearing that Rojo is likely fit for this game so it will be interesting to see who Mourinho starts in the center of defense.
Tottenham will be without Heung-Min Son who is away at the Asian Games. There is also the possibility of a ban for Hugo Loris was found guilty of drunk driving last Thursday. If Tottenham are without Loris this could prove to be a very interesting game as Gazzaniga or Vorm would be starting. Despite winning their games, they’ve looked rather suspect at times.
Bold Predictions (tally will be kept on players identified and teams at the bottom of this running series):

  • Winner: Manchester United
  • Final Score: 2-1
  • Goalscorer(s):
    • team 1: Pogba/Sanchez
    • team 2: Eriksen

Here’s how our Bold Predictions did last week:

  • Week 2 Totals:
    • Winner: 5-5 (50% correct)
    • Score: 1-9 (10% correct)
    • Goal Scorers: 6-34 (15% correct)

Totals (including prior weeks):

  • Winner: 12-8 (60% correct)
  • Score: 4-16 (20% correct)
  • Goal Scorers: 13-63 (17.1% correct)

Last Updated: August 17, 2018
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