Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City: New Era Begins… Again

tottenhamIt’s not a fixture that many of us will be looking forward to but can Spurs fans be hopeful of a positive result at home to Manchester City? The painful rebuild has now begun with the departure of Christian Eriksen and with one or two new faces in the squad, will there be a marked difference on the pitch?

A degree of optimism can always be dangerous but let’s take a closer look at Sunday’s game in the search for some positives.

Team News

We’ve already made two new signings in this transfer window so that’s one reason for positivity. It remains to be seen whether Gedson Fernandes or Steven Bergwijn will have any role in this game but they give the manager options moving forward. Giovani Lo Celso has also signed up on a permanent deal this week and he looks a more likely starter.

Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko continue to be the long term absentees while it’s also being reported that this game will come too soon for Ben Davies. There are no suspensions so, subject to the Spurs Official team news contradicting us, the injury crisis might just be lifting.

Match Odds

Spurs may have the home advantage but we’re not even close to being favourites in this game. Manchester City are odds on across the board for the win and Pep Guardiola’s side are listed at industry best odds of 6/11 with VBet. Next on the list is the draw at a top price of 15/4 with Betway and SportingBet while victory for Tottenham rounds things off at 5/1 with William Hill.

The form table doesn’t look too bad from our perspective but it does tend to back up those figures. Tottenham have picked up two draws, two wins and one defeat in the last five while City have four wins and a draw in the same period.

There’s not a lot of difference between those results but clearly we have been struggling in recent weeks. A draw away to Watford, a narrow home win over bottom of the table Norwich and a 1-1 draw in the Cup at Southampton aren’t encouraging results. Hopefully, the arrival of a big side will inspire us and perhaps one or two new faces in the squad could also lift us to a share of the points at the very least.

Other Side Bets

Son Heung-Min

Son Heung-Min

The absence of Harry Kane allows Manchester City players to dominate the first goal scorer betting. Sergio Aguero gets us underway as an obvious market leader and you can back the Argentine striker at a best of 10/3 with VBet.

Gabriel Jesus slots in as second favourite at best odds of 9/2 with Unibet and 888Sport while Raheem Sterling follows at a top price of 21/4 and once again, Unibet and 888Sport are the providers.

Riyad Mahrez has previously caused problems for Spurs and he can be claimed at 6/1 with VBet while Kevin De Bruyne is next at a best of 8/1 with VBet again.

If you’re waiting for a Spurs player before getting involved, Son Heung-Min is your first option at best odds of 9/1 with Unibet and 888Sport. Sonny is usually quick to fill the void left by Harry Kane’s injuries but he hasn’t been anywhere near as prolific this time around.

Further options for those players in a white shirt include Lucas Moura and Dele Alli at the same top price of 11/1 with Unibet and 888Sport while Erik Lamela is out at 16/1 with the same two bookmakers. Will Giovani Lo Celso celebrate his permanent deal with the first goal? 888Sport have 19/1 available for the Argentine to open the scoring.

That’s covered the more likely goal scorers so let’s move on and take in some other side bets. Both teams to score is quoted at best odds of 3/5 with Betway and SportingBet but that looks too short this time. Using those last five games as our barometer, Manchester City have found the net in each of them, scoring 16 times in the process. We, on the other hand, have scored five times in our last five and have drawn a blank on two occasions.

The Over 2.5 goal odds aren’t interesting us either at a best of just 1/2 with William Hill and Coral but we would be interested in the top price of 5/4 with RedZone on Over 3.5 goals.

As for Correct Score, if you’re fearing the worst in this game then you could claim a 3-1 away win at 10/1 with Coral and BetFred. If, however, you are hopeful of something more positive, a repeat of the 2-2 at the Etihad earlier in the season can be backed at a best of 14/1 with SportingBet.

Dangerman

This section is starting to look like an exercise in stating the obvious. Sergio Aguero has enjoyed playing against us in the past and the Argentine has 21 goals in 24 games in all competitions in 2019/20.

Focusing on Aguero will open up other threats and one man to go under the radar is Raheem Sterling. If we weren’t maintaining utmost loyalty, we would even look to back Sterling for an anytime goal. His struggles in an England shirt can mask his league form and he has 20 goals in 34 appearances already this season.

Head to Head

manchester cityWe’ve met Manchester City 160 times since this historic fixture was first played back in 1909. Honours are pretty even over that period with 61 wins in our favour, along with 63 victories for City and 36 draws.

It’s felt that our recent record against the Sky Blues is better than most teams in the top flight. In the league, we haven’t won since 2016 but last season gave us that 1-0 home victory in the Champions League and a memorable aggregate progression – albeit via away goals.

It’s a healthy record but as we always say – it’s all about the next game.

Verdict

Another phrase that we often use is ‘hopeful rather than confident’. It can certainly be used for Sunday’s game but we are entering a new era so we’ll try to keep things positive. Certain aspects of recent performances have been pleasing and with new signings to add to the squad, we can start to look ahead.

Our big concern is up front where the lack of cover for Harry Kane continues to hurt us. If we do sign a striker between now and the end of the transfer window, it will surely come too late for this game. As it is, we’ll try to channel memories of that 2-2 earlier in the campaign and hope for something similar at the end of 90 minutes.

Best Bets:

  • Lucas Moura to Score at Any Time in 90 minutes at 18/5 with Unibet
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 5/4 with RedZone

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