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

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Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League: Sat, 20/04  Stadium: Etihad Stadium

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Spurs start as clear outsiders to get anything from this match, but look an interesting 3/1 with Bet365 to come away with either a draw or a win. Both teams have enough quality to find the back of the net at some stage, so back both teams to score at ⅘, again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Part three of the titanic trilogy between Manchester City and Spurs concludes with a heavyweight league clash, with both teams desperate for three points for their respective ambitions.

Could it all turn to tears for City?

Still reeling from their quadruple hopes being ended in dramatic fashion on away goals in midweek by Spurs in the Champions League, title chasing City will need to quickly regain their focus and concentrate on the domestic treble. The worry for Pep Guardiola will be the mental state of his team as he aims to refocus to them to the task in hand – keeping Liverpool at arm’s length during the title run in. The pressure will be on his side as the Premier League will be now be viewed as an absolute minimum for City, with second place and two domestic cups not acceptable in lieu of missing out on the Champions League for another season again.

However with the knowledge that Spurs can definitely hurt them offensively, even though they technically won the game in midweek, his team may come into this match with an air of trepidation as the thrills of knockout football makes way for a more pragmatic league clash. With arch rivals Manchester United lurking on the horizon and to follow Spurs in their next league fixture, anything less than maximum points from these two fixtures could see another prize go up in smoke.

Fine margins for Spurs in Champions League battle

After a dreadful run of form in March and early April, the move to a new stadium has reinvigorated Spurs in their push for a top four and Champions League spot. Back to back home wins sandwiched in-between their thrilling Champions League exploits has kept their noses just about in front of the chasing pack.

With three of their last four league games also at their new stadium, Spurs will be fairly relaxed about their return to the Etihad Stadium just three days after their last visit. They may even view this game as somewhat of a free hit and a chance to put right their relatively poor record away to City in recent years.

Contrasting fortunes against fellow top six sides

City come into this fixture with currently the best head to head record against fellow top six sides so far this season. With nineteen points accumulated, they have reached the same number as Liverpool but in two games fewer, and with Spurs and Manchester United at home before the season is out, they will be confident of winning this particular mini league. Impressively City have disposed of all the top six teams to visit the Etihad Stadium so far this season, with Chelsea in particular feeling the full force of the champions in a 6-0 mauling.

Spurs on the other hand have been mixed at best against fellow top six teams. Liverpool have already achieved a double over them, and wins against Manchester United and Chelsea and a draw against Arsenal are all they have to show for their efforts so far this season. A 1-0 defeat to City earlier in the season is one of ten losses in the league so far, making it even more remarkable they have held onto third place for most of the season.

Team News

Fernandinho returned for the Citizens in midweek from the subs bench, and is likely to recalled to the starting XI as City look to stem the counter attacks from Spurs that ultimately cost them so dearly on Wednesday. Leroy Sane will also be pushing for a starting position, having been harshly brought on very late in the Champions League clash with barely enough time to make an impact.

Spurs are battling a midfield crisis, with Moussa Sissoko limping off in midweek with a suspected groin injury and a severe doubt for this clash. Eric Dier has resumed training and may be pushed back into action, but Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Harry Winks all remain absent.

Spurs to pinch a point?

The tempo of the game is likely to be less high octane compared to Wednesday’s match, as both sides will obviously be feeling the physical and mental effects of their Champions League exertions. The slower tempo will more likely to suit Spurs, who are limited on options they can introduce to rotate and freshen things up. However Wednesday’s clash will have potentially left scars on City, particularly in defence, with even Fernando Llorente looking too hot to handle for the home defence after being torn apart by Son Heung-Min in the first half. A more tense and tactical battle could result in the visitors stealing a vital point and checking City’s run of nine straight league wins.

Spurs start as clear outsiders to get anything from this match, but look an interesting 3/1 with Bet365 to come away with either a draw or a win. Both teams have enough quality to find the back of the net at some stage, so back both teams to score at ⅘, again with Bet365.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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