Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, August 17, 2019


City of Manchester Stadium

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City start this game as strong favourites and there isn’t much value offered in an outright City win. However backing under 3.5 goals could be good value at 8/13 with Bet365. Out of the four games these two teams played last season, three of them were won with a 1-0 scoreline. This shows that for long periods of the game there isn’t too much between these teams and that Tottenham should be able to keep it tight over 90 minutes.

The standout fixture of the weekend sees champions Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium. These two teams have developed a real rivalry having met four times last season in the league and Champions League. Despite City having the better of the results overall, the Champions League exit at the hands of Spurs will give this game an extra edge.

Manchester City come into this game in excellent form having secured the Community Shield against Liverpool and thumping West Ham 5-0 on the opening day of the season. The champions ran riot in East London and would have won by a bigger margin had there not been some goals ruled out by VAR. The crispness of City’s passing and movement of their front players was an ominous sign for the rest of the league and all their main attacking players got on the scoresheet. Gabriel Jesus had opened the scoring with Raheem Sterling netting a hattrick. Sergio Aguero also converted a penalty and Pep Guardiola will be pleased to see that there were no signs of rust once the season had started.

Tottenham had a much more difficult start to the season as they went 1-0 down to a John McGinn goal in nine minutes against newly promoted Aston Villa. However a late second-half burst saw Spurs score three goals including a debut goal from big money signing Tanguy NDombele. Harry Kane then scored a quick-fire double in the 86th and 90th minutes to secure the points in a tough opening day battle. The Lilywhites will have to be much improved if they are to contain City on their own patch and there could be some changes come Saturday afternoon.

In team news, Guardiola will have a lot of his key players available for this crunch tie. The back-four is likely to remain unchanged however Bernardo Silva could be pushing for a starting berth having not played on the opening day of the season. Riyad Mahrez had a good game against West Ham, however Guardiola may prefer the industrious and hard-working nature of Silva in such a big game. Whether Gabriel Jesus maintains his place will be of interest as record scorer Sergio Aguero may be drafted back in for a game of this magnitude. Rodri is likely to keep his midfield place as Fernandinho continues his recovery to full fitness.

Spurs will need to make a big call on whether to introduce Christian Eriksen back into the starting lineup or not. There is much speculation over the Dane’s future, but his craft and skill may well be needed to unlock a strong City defence. He could come in place of Erik Lamela with Lucas Moura likely to continue to partner Harry Kane with Son Heung-min still suspended.

In recent years Manchester City have dominated this fixture, however Tottenham have had their successes, most notably their extraordinary performances over two legs last year to knock City out of the Champions League. A late Son Heung-min goal in the first leg gave Spurs a 1-0 win only for the second leg to produce a stunning 4-3 victory for City, but still sending Spurs through on away goals. A last minute Sterling goal was also ruled out using VAR to add to the drama. Despite this, City won the two league games 1-0 courtesy of early goals in both games from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden respectively.

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City start this game as strong favourites and there isn’t much value offered in an outright City win. However backing under 3.5 goals could be good value at 8/13 with Bet365. Out of the four games these two teams played last season, three of them were won with a 1-0 scoreline. This shows that for long periods of the game there isn’t too much between these teams and that Tottenham should be able to keep it tight over 90 minutes.

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