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Rupert Wyman 30th Nov 2009 - 13:38

Spurs to take advantage of Man Utd's youngsters

Manchester United look set to rest many of their better players again and stick with the youngsters that have been primarily used in the Carling Cup so far. If this happens then Tottenham look a cracking bet at 14/5 to beat Man Utd in 90 minutes.

Sir Alex Ferguson played most of Tuesday's likely starters against Besiktas in the Champions League last week and they didn't really impress as they fell to a 1-0 defeat and in the process lost their 23-game unbeaten run at Old Trafford in Europe's premier club competition.

Fergie has stuck up for his players pointing out their youthfulness and inexperience but with Tottenham likely to field a full strength side then once again the youngsters could be on the end of another defeat.

Spurs, under Harry Redknapp, are a lively outfit and have the firepower to hurt Man Utd and are more than capable of winning at Old Trafford.

For long periods of their match on Saturday against Aston Villa, Tottenham dominated and were arguably unlucky to come away with just a point. They look to be in with a real shout of finishing in the top four of the Premier League so if Man Utd take them lightly, by fielding an under strength side, then it could be the end of their reign as Carling Cup holders.

United won the Carling Cup back in February after they played out a 0-0 draw with Tottenham at Wembley before winning on penalties. Goalkeeper Ben Foster was the hero on the day, with the aid of an ipod, as he watched videos of the Tottenham penalty takers prior to the shoot out.

I expect a different match at Old Trafford though to the one that took place at Wembley as I don't think there will be a repeat of the 0-0 scoreline. One man who will more than likely be involved in the goals is Jermain Defoe.

The little frontman hit five in Tottenham's recent 9-1 drubbing of Wigan and at odds of 15/8 to score against Man Utd, he looks to be available at a great price.

Another great looking bet involving Defoe is in the anytime wincast market. For the striker to score at anytime and a Tottenham win is priced at 9/2.

For United the likelihood is that the market leader, Wayne Rooney, will not be involved although Michael Owen (6/5 to score) may be as he did start in the last round against Barnsley.

Of those that played against Besiktas, Gabriel Obertan was the most impressive and he is priced at 11/4 to get on the scoresheet against Redknapp's side.

The French winger though is a bit erratic but there seems to be a player in there somewhere it will just be a case of whether Fergie can develop and fine tune his raw talent.

A cracking looking bet is in the both teams to score market, with yes priced at 4/6. Man Utd rarely fail to score at home and Tottenham's squad is full of quality attackers so that price should be taken.

Linked to this, in the match x goals market a Tottenham win and over 2.5 goals is available at a great value 5/1.

If Fergie sticks to his words and keeps faith with his youngsters then Tottenham should be able to make a mockery of the 14/5 odds, however, if the wily old Scot changes his mind and plays some of his better players then much of the above can be disregarded and the home win at 8/11 would be the more likely result.

Play the video at the top of the page for more opinion on the game as Ron Atkinson and Derek McGovern join William Hill Radio's Lee Phelps


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