Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 17/08/19
- Time: 17:30
- Venue: The Etihad
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
The second round of the Premier League season is already upon us and this week we see two heavyweights go toe to toe for 3 points. Champions, Manchester City got off to the perfect start with a 5-0 win away from home against West Ham, and there is plenty of reason to believe that they’ll make it 2 wins from 2 against a Spurs side who have struggled at the Etihad of late.
Spurs got off to a slow start in their game against Aston Villa falling behind to an early goal, but they showed great character to come from behind and win comfortably.
Spurs Striker, Harry Kane, opened his account with a brace and if they’re to get anything out of Saturday’s game he’ll need to be on top form once again.
For me this game is the highlight on the weekend’s fixtures and the pressure will be on Man City to carry on their predicted charge toward another title.
Man City will be without Benjamin Mendy, Leory Sane but they might have Fernandinho available after his injury and new signing Joao Cancelo could be in contention for a start.
Spurs will be without Dele Alli, Ryan Sessongon and Juan Foyth who are all injured. Son Heung-min is serving the last game of his suspension.
Potential Man City Starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, David Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling
Potential Spurs Starting XI: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Winks, Ndombele; Sissoko, Eriksen; Lucas Moura, Kane
Head to Head
- Last six meetings: Man City W5, Tottenham W1.
- All-time meetings: Man City W63, Tottenham W61, D35.
- Man City 1/3
- Draw 17/4
- Tottenham 15/2
City are odds on favourites to win the match, which is staggering when you consider they’re playing a Top 4 side. However, City do possess a tremendous amount of quality and they could be one of the best teams to have graced English football. They also possess a great recent record against Spurs having lost just the one game in the last six meetings between the two sides. That loss came in the first leg of the Champions League Quarter Final last season. So, taking all that into account the short odds for the Citizens to win is probably justified.
So, we need to find an angle into this match, one area I like is for Man City to win and both teams to score. This is priced at 19/10 (Smarkets) and I think it is decent value. 4 out of the past 8 meetings between the two sides have seen both sides score. Both sides are odds on to find the back of the net and I think Man City will be able to edge out Spurs once again.
Another angle I like in this match is in the first goal scorer market. Raheem Sterling got off to a flyer last week scoring 3 goals. I can’t see him being rotated for such a big game and he’s fast becoming a big goal threat; he is 4/1 to score first in this match and I think they’re good odds for any punter.
I can see this game being one where City are on the attack a lot and the Spurs counterattack could cause issues for their midfielder Rodri. The new Spanish acquisition is priced at 7/2 (Skybet) to be shown a card. He’ll have to deal with counter attacks involving Harry Kane and Lucas Moura who have enough pace and trickery to draw plenty of fouls.