Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur: Guardiola Looking for Immediate Response Following Champions League Exit
Wednesday night’s Champions League Quarter-Final second leg tie at the Etihad Stadium was one of pure theatre. The game had absolutely everything you would wish for in a dream match. Goals, more goals and then the crucial late decisions from the Video Assistant Referee which ultimately ended Manchester City’s hopes of a quadruple haul of trophies this season, and subsequently gave Tottenham their first Semi-Final appearance in the European Cup, now Champions League, since 1962.
The best thing of all, is that both teams get to do it all over again on Saturday lunchtime at the Etihad in the Premier League – kick: off 12:30 BST, and it is a game of equal importance.
City are chasing Liverpool, who currently lead the title race by two points, but Pep Guardiola’s side have one game in hand. By contrast, Spurs are locked in a battle for the Champions League qualification spots, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, so both clubs are just as desperate for the victory as in the midweek fixture.
In what promises to be another unforgettable game, we will look at offering you the latest betting odds and information, with some advice on this hugely important clash in the Premier League.
Event Date: April 20, 2019
Despite Manchester City’s exit from the Champions League, they did still win 4-3 on the night, but away goals proved costly for Guardiola’s side. The Match Odds for Saturday’s game are very similar in comparison to Wednesday’s epic contest, with City being the very strong favourites to maintain their Premier League title push.
Unibet and SportingBet go the best industry price at the time of writing of 3/10 for the Cityzens to claim all three points, and force Liverpool to beat Cardiff on Sunday afternoon to return to the Premier League’s summit. Unibet are also the best price on the Draw at 27/5, while a victory for Tottenham which would hand Manchester City a hammer blow in their quest for a second consecutive league title can be taken with William Hill and Coral at 10/1.
Team news is likely to have a significant bearing in the result of this game. Tottenham in particular are likely to be suffering from their successes in midweek, as Spurs do not have the strength of squad of their opponents. Already missing Harry Kane, following a recurrence of an ankle injury in the first leg of the Champions League contest with Saturday’s opponents, this game could be a step too far for Tottenham, and I would consider Manchester City worthy favourites to avenge their midweek ousting.
Individual Goal Scorers
Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah are currently tied on 19 goals in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot, but the Argentinian hotshot can move ahead of his rival by scoring first here. Ladbrokes and Betfred are the top price of 3/1 for the 30 year old to continue his fine scoring run of five goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions.
Fellow City striker, Gabriel Jesus, is a general back-up to the Argentinian hotshot, but Guardiola could decide to start the Brazilian star – especially as Aguero has been heavily used of late. Jesus can be backed at 18/5 with Unibet. It would be sensible to check the teams before kick off however, to see if he is in the starting eleven.
Tottenham’s first interest in the opening goal scorer market comes from their South Korean star, Son Heung-Min. Following the key and untimely injury to Spurs’ captain Harry Kane, Son has stepped up admirably in the Englishman’s absence. After scoring twice on Wednesday evening, Son will have extra confidence, so City will have to be on their guard to keep him quiet, and at 11/1 with Black Type and SportPesa, there are worse 11/1 bets around.
A couple of others to consider at bigger prices are City’s Belgian midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne who has popped up with some crucial goals at specific times throughout his Manchester City career and is worthy of consideration at 11/1 with SportPesa and 10Bet. Tottenham’s Lucas Moura could stamp his authority on this game as the Brazilian attacker has undoubted pace and quality to threaten the City defence. At the best industry price of 14/1 with SportPesa and 10Bet once again, he is definitely worth a second glance.
Other Side Bets
Short price backers will be tucking into the 7/15 on offer with RedZoneSports for Over 2.5 Goals in this game considering the seven goal thriller on Wednesday night. On this occasion however, I’m not prepared to follow the trend.
It is a leap of faith somewhat, but my advice is to take the 19/10 on offer with Unibet and 888Sport on Under 2.5 Goals, as this game could well be a tense and tactical affair, with glaring goal scoring opportunities at a premium. I just don’t foresee the same attacking contest in this game, instead it could be more of a heavyweight clash with two teams defending first and foremost to avoid the knockout blow.
With a low scoring game in our thoughts, our main offering for this game is for Manchester City to win the match without conceding. Ladbrokes and Betway offer the top price for this bet at the current odds of 5/4. Admittedly, there is not a lot of recent form to base this opinion on, however, Manchester City are a very formidable outfit on home soil and this fixture is one that is a must win. Guardiola’s side will have the majority of the possession, and it is likely to ultimately tell against a potentially weary Spurs team.
As is often with these previews, we like to offer up a Correct Score bet for a small stakes option to give a nice reward if successful. Our selection for this game is a 2-0 win for Manchester City and Betfred and SportingBet are the places to find the best odds of 7/1.
- Sergio Aguero to Score the First Goal at 3/1 with Betfred
- Manchester City to Win the Match without conceding at 5/4 with Ladbrokes
- Manchester City 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur Correct Score bet at 7/1 with SportingBet