Manchester City

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etihad stadium

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

Tottenham Hotspur

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etihad stadium

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: This isn’t the crunch Premier League title clash we might’ve expected at the start of the season, but it should be an entertaining game nonetheless.

Last time: Manchester City raced into a 2-0 lead in this fixture last season, before goals from Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min rescued a point for Tottenham. The teams did contest a friendly in Nashville over the summer too, which the Blues won 3-0.

This time: Manchester City are 6/11 to pick up the win, while Spurs are 28/5 and the draw 18/5.

You might remember: Sergio Aguero bagging all of the goals for City in a 4-1 win in October 2014. That victory meant the Citizens scored 15 goals in three games against Tottenham, having beaten them 6-0 and 5-0 in the two before.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Even though this game will have little bearing on where the Premier League crown ends up in May, it’s still a meeting between two of the best sides in the country. There are talented attackers in both sides, so we could see an exciting game with plenty of goals.

Manchester City are 6/11 for the win, which would be their 16th in a row in the Premier League if they overcome Swansea on Wednesday. After taking the points from the Manchester derby last weekend, there seems to be no stopping Guardiola’s side’s march to the title. Spurs will be another test for the Blues, but they usually overcome them with consummate ease.

Tottenham are 28/5 which is a relatively tempting price considering the quality they have in their team. They’ve been inconsistent so far this season though, which is the reason why they could find themselves more than 20 points behind City by the end of this game. With a tough Champions League tie against Juventus coming up in the New Year, Mauricio Pochettino’s team could use a confidence booster at the Etihad.

The draw is 18/5, and with Tottenham’s decent record against City in recent years it could represent decent value. Spurs have won three of their last four against the Blues in the Premier League, drawing the other 2-2 at the Etihad. Another score draw could be on the cards, with 1-1 priced at 35/4 and 2-2 at 15/1.

Sergio Aguero is 3/1 to score the first goal of the game, which he’ll be desperate to do considering he didn’t get on the pitch during the Manchester derby. Missing such an important game would’ve hurt the Argentine, who’s priced at 5/6 to score anytime and 9/2 to score two or more.

Harry Kane is 15/8 to score anytime, which is pretty generous considering the England striker’s in red hot form. He’s already gone past a half century of goals in 2017, and is bearing down on Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 36 goals in a calendar year, which he set playing for Blackburn in 1995.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The systems. With Sanchez suspended and Alderweireld injured, Tottenham have switched to a back four after playing with three centre backs for most of the season. City have also experimented with wing backs, so it’ll be interesting to see how the teams match up. A mis-match of systems could mean the game’s nice and open, so we may see plenty of goals.

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We fancy:

City to win and Aguero to score at 11/10. The club’s record goalscorer has a point to prove, and in this attack-minded City side he’s always going to get opportunities to find the back of the net.

 

 

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It’s a long shot, but:

Aguero to score first and City to win 4-1 at 50/1. Having already scored 50 odd goals before we’ve even reached the halfway point of the season, City are in breath-taking form. Spurs aren’t likely to cave in but if the Blues are in the groove the visitors don’t stand a chance.

 

Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!