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Nic Ladds 12th Dec 2008 - 19:22

Berba set for a rough ride at The Lane

Dimitar Berbatov is likely to receive an extremely frosty reception on his return to White Hart Lane as 4/5 favourites Manchester United take on 7/2 underdogs Tottenham.

The Bulgarian who is 9/2 to score first against his old club has a slight injury worry that may rule him out but Spurs fans are likely to give him a torrid afternoon either way.

Tottenham have a dreadful record against Manchester United having not won in 12 attempts, drawing three and losing nine. Harry Redknapp will be looking to put an end to this dismal record.

One thing Redknapp will be aware of is that in 32 Premier League matches against United, Spurs have only kept two clean sheets.

The likes of the always dangerous Ronaldo and should he get to play, the in-form Carlos Tevez will be looking to continue this trend and breach the inconsistent Spurs back line. The pair are 7/2 and 11/2 respectively to find the back of the net first.

If Ledley King is fit enough to play the Spurs back line will look a lot more solid than when the injury-prone defender is absent. King found the first goal against West Ham on Monday and is 40/1 to do the same again.

With Fraizer Campbell ineligible, Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko should be leading the line for Tottenham and both are a big price at 7/1 to score first considering Spurs have the comfort of playing at home.

Jamie O'Hara once again showed he has an eye for goal by scoring the second against West Ham and will appeal to many at 6/1 to score anytime especially if he starts.

As usual Spurs are going to have to watch themselves at set pieces and corners as fans still hold their breath every time goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes comes out to claim a cross. Nemanja Vidic at 8/1 to score anytime knows where the back of the net is and will be a menace in the air all afternoon.

Both Tottenham and Man Utd often get their goals later on in matches which means it could be a slightly nervy start until the teams relax and even money about the second half being the highest scoring half at even money look a solid bet.

Spurs know they have a big task on their hands and realistically would probably take a draw in this game. Man Utd have dangers all over the park and Alex Ferguson will not accept anything less than a win as they try to close the gap on league leaders Liverpool and Chelsea.

Under Harry Redknapp Tottenham have a new belief and will fight to the bitter end and many will remember their rousing late comeback against Arsenal.

The feeling is The Red Devils could net early and have Spurs chasing the game.

With the new belief that Redknapp has instilled in his boys a late flourish is entirely feasible making the double result of Man Utd half time/draw full time at 14/1 look a decent bet and even the straight draw at 5/2 looks appealing.

Man Utd half time/draw full time - 14/1

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