Manchester City v Tottenham | Saturday 20th April 2019, 12:30 | Sky Sports
These two meet for the third time in a fortnight on Saturday lunchtime.
That exhilarating 4-3 game on Wednesday night is still fresh in the mind and what a game that was. Four goals in the opening 10 minutes is something I haven’t seen for a long, long time and it was particularly bizarre that it came in a game with as much magnitude as a Champions League quarter-final.
Tottenham progressing on the away goals rule means Manchester City will have greater pressure on them to win this one and go a step closer to claiming successive domestic titles.
Spurs aren’t without their own ambitions in the Premier League; they still have a fight on their hands for the top four so it will be interesting to see how much emphasis Mauricio Pochettino puts on the competition.
That potential shift in focus has altered the betting markets in greater favour of Man City. They’re now as short as 1/4 in places which looks a tad disrespectful to the visitors.
Having said that, City are strong at home and they’ve broke the -1 handicap against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal at the Etihad this season, and with much stronger squad depth than Spurs they should be winning this one.
Pochettino has operated with a tight knit squad and it’s largely being a positive, however, with marksman Harry Kane out and a leggy looking midfield it could prove to be a step too far for them in this one with such a quick turnaround. Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko are doubts which could leave the North London side light in the middle of the park.
Pep Guardiola has the ability to rotate, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane could come in to give added verve to the City attack, whereas Fernandinho is likely to slot back into defensive midfield to offer some much needed steel.
From a punting perspective the odds on offer in the 1X2 market make it difficult to find value and the goal markets are understandably short prices. Instead, I’ll plump for City to be winning at half time and go on to run out victorious at 5/6 with Coral.
This bet came in midweek and has also come in for the last three Premier League fixtures City have had. They’re notorious fast starters and will try get at the visitors from the get go. What’s more, this bet has landed in five of the last seven meetings between the pair.
Manchester City v Tottenham – Manchester City HT-FT (5/6 Coral)