Tottenham have thrived on late away goals this term, scoring ten of their 20 road strikes inside the last 30 minutes.
Yet they may have been swept away by then, such has been Manchester United’s stranglehold over first halves at Old Trafford in 2014/15.
The Reds have outscored their visitors by 18 goals to four during the opening stanza in Premier League action, the biggest such margin of superiority in the division.
Even Chelsea, having conceded just twice before the break, can only boast a first-half home goal difference of +11.
Having outscored the opposition by a margin of 3-1 in the first 15 minutes, their dominance is at its peak between the 15th minute and the interval.
They’ve hit seven goals between minutes 15 and 30 to their opponents one, also notching eight times to the away sides’ two in the following quarter-hour segment.
United are 17/5 to win the match of minutes 15-30 and 29/10 to do so in minutes 30-45.
Needless to say Tottenham will have a thing or two to say about the fate of those wagers, but the formbook suggests that their opening period blows itself out early on away from home.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have struck six road goals inside the opening quarter of an hour this term, but added just two further strikes before the break (one apiece between minutes 15-30 and 30-45).
United are 91/100 favourites in the match betting, with the draw 5/2 and the Lilywhites 13/4 for victory, yet given the sides’ respective first-half tendencies, backing the hosts to have their noses in front at the interval looks a far more alluring bet at 7/5.
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