Manchester City 4-2 Tottenham – Betting Review

 

Match Summary

Tottenham Hotspur put in a solid defensive display in the first half and due to two City mistakes in the final five minutes before halftime, suddenly found themselves 0-2 ahead.

Manchester City had been flat and although dominating the ball in the opening period, failed to work serious chances. This all changed and emphatically so in the second half. Pep Guardiola’s side ripped into Spurs who folded easily and quickly. In a wild game littered with mistakes, 4-2 is considered a fair score.

City started the better of the two teams but rarely maintained their rhythm and often lacked intensity with the ball.

Jack Grealish was one of the better players in a lacklustre first half hour. He worked openings for Gündoğan and Julián Álvarez, but neither of their respective efforts troubled Hugo Lloris.

Antonio Conte’s men had offered very little going forward. Son had a header from long-range on one rare attack from the away team, but it fell into the keepers’ arms.

Rico Lewis saw his speculative strike pushed to safety Lloris who couldn’t have hoped for a more comfortable half in truth.

The first half came to a wild conclusion with Spurs netting twice in the space of three-half minutes. The opener was a gift for Kulusevksi after  Ederson gifted possession away.

The lead was doubled when Ederson could only parry Harry Kane’s header into the path of Emerson Royal. The Brazilian nodded the rebound in at the near post to send Spurs into dreamland.

City bucked up their ideas immediately in the second half and managed to wipe out Tottenham’s lead with two goals in the space of three second-half minutes.

Mahrez was the instigator and man of the match. His cross created havoc and Álvarez rifled home the loose ball.

Rodri and Mahrez then linked up and Haaland climbed high to end his two-game goal drought in the league, levelling at 2-2.

At 2-2, Persic had a huge chance to regain the lead to Spurs but his effort from close range was blocked brilliantly on the line.

The Man City comeback was completed by the unplayable Mahrez, his right-footed strike took the faintest of deflections but Lloris should have stopped the effort beating him at the near post.

Mahrez got a 4th goal late on after Lenglet’s horrible touch let the former Leicester man through on goal.

 

Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 market first. Manchester City won for their backers @ 1.37, but it won’t have been lost on them that the favourites drifted out as high as 6.25 when trailing 0-2 at halftime.

Moving onto the Asian handicap market for this contest. Manchester City powered back in the second half and thanks to a late Mahrez goal, they managed to cover the -1.5 handicap @ 1.97.  It wasn’t smooth for backers, but they never deserved to be down by 2 goals in truth.

Looking at The Under/Over market last of all. As outlined in the preview, the Overs looked extremely attractive particularly as it dropped from 3.25 to 3 in the day before the match. Manchester City was always going to score at least 3 goals against this Spurs defence. It was not an ‘overs’ type game for much of the first half, but only needed a goal to change that.  Over 3 was a winner @ 1.84.