Manchester City v Spurs: Tough Task at The End of a Tough Week

manchester citySpurs are now fighting on three fronts with the FA Cup exit against Everton a hard blow to take. Having taken an early lead, we should have quickly doubled and tripled our advantage before the dramatic turnaround that saw Everton go into the break with a 3-1 scoreline in their favour.

Ultimately, the 4-5 defeat was a great game for the neutrals but it was a sickening blow and it’s a big ask for the team to immediately respond. High flying Manchester City are seemingly coasting to another Premier League title and Saturday sees a trip to the Etihad to try to stop Pep’s men.

Team News

Another fast turnaround makes it difficult for us to fill in this section with any great authority. It seems that Gareth Bale missed Wednesday night’s game as he wanted to have a scan even though the issue may have something of a mystery attached.

Otherwise, it looks unlikely that Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon will be ready to face Manchester City in time. The good news is that Harry Kane looks OK to start although it would have been more comfortable if we hadn’t needed his services from the bench against Everton.

Match Odds

There are no real shocks in the result betting with Manchester City starting as favourites at best industry odds of 7/20 with Unibet. The draw is next at a top price of 5/1 with 10Bet and SportNation while victory for Spurs is out to 8/1 with BetFred and GentingBet.

Our 2-0 victory over Manchester City in November seems to have stung Pep Guardola’s men into action and our opponents have not lost a game since that point. That’s an incredible run stretching out for 22 games and that form is reflected in the odds.

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Harry Kane

A feature of recent matches is the number of clean sheets at the back. City away is as tough as it gets right now but there is hope that a switched on Spurs team can come back from the Etihad with a point at the very least.

Side Markets

Manchester City players lead the way in the first goalscorer betting with Sergio Aguero the favourite at best odds of 15/4 with Unibet. Following on are Raheem Sterling at 23/5 and Gabriel Jesus at 19/4 – both with Unibet once again.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane is all the way down at 8/1 with Betway to find the net first. Other options from within the Tottenham camp include Son Heung-Min at 21/2 with Unibet, Carlos Vinicius at 11/1 with 888Sport, Gareth Bale at 14/1 with VBet and Lucas Moura at 22/1 with 10Bet.

In terms of team betting markets, Both Teams to Score is available this week at 17/20 with Unibet. Considering that Manchester City have scored 15 times in their last five games, that could have been much shorter so maybe the bookies don’t expect us to score. Spurs have only scored three times in their last four league matches but that isn’t a bad price.

Over in the total goals markets, a modest stake Above the 2.5 line would currently return best odds of 11/17 with RedZone. Pushing that to Over 3.5 makes that a little more interesting with VBet quoting 11/7.

That just leaves the Correct Score suggestions and there may be some interest in a repeat of last season’s 2-2 scoreline. This option currently comes in at 22/1 with GentingBet while a 3-1 home win is frighteningly short at 10/1 with BetFred. Anyone daring to hope for the away win could claim 2-1 to Spurs at 24/1 with Novibet.

Last Season

The corresponding fixture last season came at the start of the campaign as the two teams met at the Etihad on August 17, 2019. The 2-2 final scoreline hints at an eventful game but that doesn’t come close to telling the full story with VAR having its say right at the death.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for Manchester City on 20 minutes only for Erik Lamela to equalise just three minutes later. A Sergio Aguero strike gave the home side a 2-1 advantage at half time before Lucas Moura levelled it up on 56 minutes. That was the final goal of the game but City were denied by VAR at the death due to a handball call after Gabriel Jesus had found the net.

Verdict

tottenhamWe do try to stay positive, we really do but patience is being tested. Wednesday’s FA Cup defeat could be seen as a remarkable comeback after we were 3-1 down but, in truth, we should have been out of sight before the half hour mark. With Gareth Bale out of the squad and Dele Alli remaining on the fringes, it’s just extremely frustrating to watch at times.

In a way, it might be a good thing that we’re playing Manchester City at their place as nobody expects Tottenham to get anything out of this game. We do, however, have a reasonably good record against this side in recent seasons and, if we are at our best, we can be hopeful, at the very least, of coming back with a draw.

In terms of betting suggestions, we’ll look to keep it simple this week. We have some confidence about finding the net and are pretty certain that Manchester City will score so we’ll start with BTTS at 17/20. Total Goals at Over 3.5 also seems logical and we’ll simply hope that we score at least half of those.

As a player who can score in the big games, we’ll look to Son Heung-Min. Tottenham players all carry some tempting prices in the individual goal scorer betting and Sonny for a goal in 90 minutes looks good at 10/3 with GentingBet.

Best Bets

  • Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes at 10/3 with GentingBet
  • Both Teams to Score at 17/20 with Unibet
  • Over 3.5 goals at 11/7 with VBet

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