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

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Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Champions League: Wed, 17/04  Stadium: Etihad Stadium

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The bookies are still heavily backing Manchester City to win this game, so this market offers little value overall. As this game will most likely be cagey at the start, we think backing under 2.5 goals at 7/4 with Bet365 is a good punt. Both games this season have finished 1-0 and if the game begins to open up, customers should be able to cash out for a good profit after an initial time lapse. We are also backing over 10 corners at 10/11 with the same bookmaker as City tend to attack on the wings and with them needing to get a goal, this will make it conducive to a high corner count.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Manchester City face Tottenham in the second leg of this all English clash which will see the winners take on Dutch side Ajax in the semi-finals. This tie is evenly poised with Spurs taking a lead to the Etihad but with City confident of turning on the style and winning to go through.

Pep Guardiola’s men tasted defeat after 14 games in all competitions when they lost the first leg 1-0 courtesy of a Heung-Min Son goal. The champions certainly weren’t at their best but showed their resilience by immediately bouncing back and beating Crystal Palace away in the Premier League. Spurs however will be the key side in shaping City’s season as the two sides play again in the League on Saturday and they could have knocked them out of the Champions League and dented their Premier League hopes all in a matter of days. But with home advantage and the team having so many options up front, they will be confident of overturning the first leg deficit and progressing to the next round.

Tottenham also go in to this game in good form having come through a sticky patch where they only won once out of six games in all competitions. They beat Crystal Palace 2-0 after their defeat at Liverpool and their win over City was followed by an impressive 4-0 thumping of Huddersfield, which saw Lucas Moura bag a hattrick. The scoring duties will certainly need to be shared around now Harry Kane has most likely been ruled out for the rest of the season. If Spurs were to win here it would help give them the mental edge going in to their crucial clash on the weekend, where they still aren’t assured of a top four spot.

In team news, Manchester City will be boosted by the news that midfielder Fernandinho has come through a training session. Sergio Aguero is also declared fit despite coming off against Crystal Palace late on. Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is a doubt due to a hamstring injury but Benjamin Mendy played in the win over Palace and therefore City are covered in that position.

Tottenham have the greater injury concerns and these are to many of their star players. As mentioned before, Harry Kane is most likely out for the remainder of the season and the same game saw Dele Alli break his hand. Alli however has trained with the first team since then and will be assessed alongside Erik Lamela to determine whether the pair make the matchday squad. Serge Aurier, Eric Dier and Harry Winks all remain out with their respective injuries.

Despite Tottenham winning the first leg, Manchester City have in fact had the better of this fixture over recent years. They won the first Premier League fixture in the season 1-0 courtesy of a Riyad Mahrez goal and comprehensively won both fixtures last season, with a 3-1 away victory and 4-1 at home. Therefore Spurs know that Guardiola’s men are more than capable of putting two or more goals past them without a response so it will be interesting to see how Pochettino sets up. He may decide to deploy both Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama in midfield to add steel in the high traffic areas as well as starting with Son and Moura. With City needing to press to get a goal, Tottenham’s pacey frontmen could benefit on the counter-attack.

The bookies are still heavily backing Manchester City to win this game, so this market offers little value overall. As this game will most likely be cagey at the start, we think backing under 2.5 goals at 7/4 with Bet365 is a good punt. Both games this season have finished 1-0 and if the game begins to open up, customers should be able to cash out for a good profit after an initial time lapse. We are also backing over 10 corners at 10/11 with the same bookmaker as City tend to attack on the wings and with them needing to get a goal, this will make it conducive to a high corner count.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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