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

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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

Champions League: Wed, 09/04  Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Backed by a vociferous home crowd at their new stadium, Tottenham to win or a draw at 19/20 looks to be an interesting proposition, available with Bet365. It could well be a cagey and tight all Premier League clash in contrast to a normal blood and thunder domestic game, so under 2.5 goals at 11/10 with Bet365 could also be a good value bet.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Premier League champions and quadruple chasing Manchester City visit Tottenham Hotspur in the first of three fascinating clashes between the two sides in the space of eleven days.

City vulnerable in knockout stages?

Despite their savage 10-2 demolition of a Schalke side clearly out of their depth in the previous round, the Citizens have looked frail in the knockout stages of the Champions League in previous seasons on more than one occasion. They were blitzed 3-0 at Anfield last season as a rampant Liverpool side ruthlessly exposed their defensive lapses in the knockout round of 16, and they have also been eliminated twice more in the final 16 in two of the last three seasons preceding the meltdown on Merseyside. With the form book being torn up repeatedly so far this season in the Champions League, the home side will know that the tables can be turned on City and their relentless pursuit of a historic quadruple.

New stadium brings welcome relief to hosts

After a disastrous run of just one point in five games prior to the opening of their new stadium, Spurs got back on track for a top four spot with a nervy 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, ensuring a winning return back to White Hart Lane. They will need the fans to generate a supercharged atmosphere to inspire the home side, as Spurs definitely seem to be missing a certain edge in recent weeks.

Of particular concern to manager Mauricio Pochettino will be the form of his defence and goalkeeper, with a number of high profile mistakes at the back in recent weeks. Hugo Lloris in particular has been at the centre of attention, with his mistake gifting Liverpool all three points two weeks ago, and his general all round play, particularly his distribution causing an air of nervousness in the defence in front of him.

Different gameplan needed for the hosts?

Spurs have struggled with a number of top six sides this season, particularly at home, and may need to challenge themselves to come up with a different plan if they are to get a foothold in this tie. Already this season Liverpool, Manchester United and Tuesday’s opponents have left with all three points in the league, and it will be interesting if the two legged nature of this clash will change their approach.

City have already visited the hosts at their adopted home of Wembley and left with a 1-0 victory this season, courtesy of an early Riyad Mahrez strike. Spurs rarely threatened to get anything from that particular clash, although did miss a glorious late change through Erik Lamela. In truth City should have put them to bed a lot earlier, and surely will not be in as a charitable mood on Tuesday with vital away goals on their agenda.

Team News

The big news for City is star striker Sergio Aguero has returned to training this week after missing the last two games with a muscle injury. He could return to the starting XI, but with Gabriel Jesus finding the net on the weekend he may have to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench.

Spurs look again set to be without Eric Dier, Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier, with all three struggling to get back to full fitness before the season draws to a close. Fernando Llorente should be fit to resume on the bench after missing the win against Crystal Palace with concussion.

Cagey affair on the cards

With plenty of hype and inevitable nerves surrounding an all Premier League clash, both sides may view the first leg with some caution. While undoubtedly City have the superior form and personnel coming into this clash, their capitulation at Liverpool last season will be fresh on their minds and they may adopt a more cautious approach and be content to set the tie up for the second leg at home.

Spurs on their part will not want to travel to the Etihad Stadium chasing a deficit of any sorts, but backed by a passionate home crowd in a new stadium they will feel obliged to attack, leaving themselves potentially open to City’s attacking threat on the counter. It promises to be a tight and fascinating first leg.

Backed by a vociferous home crowd at their new stadium, Tottenham to win or a draw at 19/20 looks to be an interesting proposition, available with Bet365. It could well be a cagey and tight all Premier League clash in contrast to a normal blood and thunder domestic game, so under 2.5 goals at 11/10 with Bet365 could also be a good value bet.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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