Manchester City v Spurs: Season Hinges on 90 Minutes
It’s maybe not fair to suggest our whole season rests on one game but a place in the semi finals of the Champions League would be a huge boost to everyone involved at the new White Hart Lane. It would also silence some critics – even if it’s a temporary silence prior to the tried and tested lack of trophy quips.
The Etihad is the destination and, with a 1-0 lead from the first leg, there is genuine hope for Tottenham even if that hope isn’t shared by the bookmakers.
The most obvious injury update since last week involves Harry Kane. Set to miss the rest of the season it’s a case of whether Mauricio wants to play Fernando Llorente in his stead or, as seems more likely, Son Heung-Min.
Otherwise, we’ve yet to see a team update following Saturday’s match against Huddersfield. We’re compiling this report on Monday morning so we suggest checking the official club website for updates but it would seem that Eric Dier, Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier are all certain to miss out. The one big question mark would be against Dele Alli and his fractured hand and that’s the main update that fans will be checking for in the lead up to Wednesday’s big kick off.
We covered the dangerman and the head to head stats in our match preview a week ago so we’ll waste no time for Wednesday night’s clash. Going straight into the match betting, City start as hot favourites at best odds of 1/3 with Black Type while a victory for Spurs can be picked up at 9/1 with 888Sport and Bethard. The draw completes things at 9/2 with Betway.
Those are the numbers for the result in 90 minutes but what about the To Qualify market? Manchester City start as favourites once again at 3/5 with SportingBet while Tottenham follow at 5/4 with BetFred.
It’s hopefully going to be much tighter than those odds suggest: City are in an unfamiliar position of having to chase the game and if there are any gaps at the back, an away goal could be enough to seal a tight tie. As we’ve said before, we’re not too concerned about Kane’s absence with Son doing enough to deputise previously so all we can say is that we are ‘tentatively confident’.
Other Side Bets
With Harry Kane missing from the starting line up, the first goalscorer betting becomes dominated by Manchester City players. Sergio Aguero kicks it all off at 3/1 with BetFred and SportingBet while Gabriel Jesus follows at 18/5 with 10Bet and SportPesa.
While previewing other matches involving Manchester City, I’ve been nailing a few profits on Raheem Sterling and he has to be considered at best odds of 9/2 with SportNation and BetHard.
Still we work through City players as Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez, David Silva and Bernardo Silva follow on before we finally come to Son Heung-Min. Sonny was rested from the starting XI that beat Huddersfield on Saturday and will therefore surely start on Wednesday night.
Other Tottenham names to look out for in this first goalscorer market include hat trick hero Lucas Moura at 12/1 with Betway, Dele Alli at best odds of 18/1 with Bethard and Christian Eriksen at a top price of 20/1 with Black Type.
We’ll run through the more common additional side bets and among these is Both Teams to Score which is on offer at 3/4 with 888Sport and Royal Panda. Neutral punters may prefer to take the ‘No’ vote on that at higher odds of 21/10 with RedZoneSports but with the tie nicely poised, BTTS has a much higher chance of landing.
You could also look at Over 2.5 goals which is listed at 1/2 with Coral but that looks far too short so maybe consider Over 3.5 which looks more interesting at 6/5 with BetFred and SportingBet.
When you’ve watched Spurs for over four decades and have been previewing their matches for nearly ten years, it’s tough to remain objective when making tips. Negative bias can also creep in as it becomes tempting to predict losses for games that we really should win comfortably.
Then there is the hope: Hope that somehow we can get something out of this tie and complete the significant achievement of a Champions League place. I genuinely believe we can do it but I’m not going to commit those thoughts into writing. Instead, I’ll just finish this with some tips from the side markets.
With Harry missing, Sonny seems the most likely source of goals and at he looks generous at best odds of 3/1 with 10Bet and SportNation to score at any time in 90 minutes.
A goal for Son would also suggest that Both Teams to Score could be one of the safer bets of the day. Unfortunately, we could be under siege for much of the game and will have to accept that we just have to score to stand any chance of making it through to the semi finals.
Just remember, if you are having a bet on Wednesday’s game, all prices quoted here are for 90 minutes only and will exclude any extra time.
- Son Heung-Min to score any time at 3/1 with 10Bet
- Both Teams to Score at 3/4 with 888Sport