Manchester City vs Tottenham – Betting Preview
Manchester City Summary
Manchester City is desperate to bounce back from a controversial derby defeat by rivals Manchester United on the weekend. Anything less than a win here would be a major setback in their title challenge, and Spurs is a team they often struggle to beat.
Considering their extremely high standards, City is in worrying form and comes into the game on Thursday night a huge 8 points from league leaders Arsenal.
There is one positive for the host here after Manchester United dropped two points in the Wednesday night game in South London. This means a win here sends City into 2nd place above their rival.
Guardiola can recall John Stones and Ruben Diaz, improving options in the defence.
De Bruyne missed training on Tuesday due to personal reasons but is available for this contest. It does perhaps just slightly cloud the key man starting or not.
Tottenham travels North still nursing wounds inflicted by bitter rivals Arsenal on the weekend. Beaten comprehensively in front of their fans, the mood and confidence are very low at the club.
By his standards, Antonio Conte remained calm post-defeat on the weekend. Overall sensations are, however, that something is dramatically wrong at Tottenham and he wants to leave the club at least by the summer.
Unquestionably, Instability is at its highest with Kane as well as the boss now expected to want out.
In terms of team news, reading is more positive for Tottenham as Bentancur is ready according to Conte. If he begins it is a massive boost for Spurs.
Kulusevski played most of the weekend loss but was not at his best, perhaps due to fitness, so the Swede could drop out for Richarlison here.
Looking at the 1×2 market first, where the favourite for this game is Manchester City to win @ 1.37. Tottenham has an excellent record against Manchester City both home and away, including an epic 2-3 win here last season. An away win pays @ 8.00 while the draw is @ 5.50.
Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Manchester City has not been their best in recent matches but looks much more reliable at home. They give a -1.5 start to Spurs which looks fair based on how poorly the away team looks right now. City -1.5 is @ 1.97 and Tottenham +1.5 is @ 1.89.
Looking at The Under/Over market last of all. The Goal line dropped from 3.25 to 3 which looks attractive and tempting. Over 3 is @ 1.84 and Under 3 is @ 1.98. City will concede chances but almost certainly score 2 or more goals themselves, so Overs is a strong preference here. 3 goals exactly would return the stake and it is extremely difficult not to see at least three goals.