In theory at least, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of similarities at the moment.
After appointing new managers in the summer, both have started to hit form of late as Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino have begun to imprint their ideas on their squads.
Each are also seemingly chasing a Champions League spot this term, but in truth their clash at White Hart Lane should show Spurs are not at that standard, while United could be aiming even higher.
The Lilywhites have won their last three Premier League games, but each 2-1 victory has been highly unconvincing, especially the three points they snatched at Leicester on Boxing Day.
Nigel Pearson’s men fired off 22 shots to Spurs’ eight, with only the hosts’ profligacy and Hugo Lloris’ brilliance keeping Pochettino’s side in the game.
The visitors eventually pinched a win courtesy of Christian Eriksen’s precise free kick, but their fans should be under no illusions about their current hot streak, and will not be delighted to see United turn up at the Lane.
Manchester City are the only team ahead of the Red Devils in the form table, with Van Gaal’s side winning seven of their last eight to charge up the league.
That run includes impressive away victories against Arsenal and Southampton, and their 3-1 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day was far more convincing than Spurs’ smash and grab job at Leicester.
Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Radamel Falcao all excelled, and the trio will be excited to face a Spurs backline that has kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 league matches.
All in all, the 13/10 on an away win looks like good value, but savvy punters might be wise to go further and back a 2-1 victory for United at 31/4.
Eight of Spurs’ last 10 league games have finished with that scoreline, including two home losses, while United have won two of their past three away games 2-1.