Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Spurs continued the fantastic record at home to Manchester City, a record which the market didn’t really respect with the host winning with odds @ 4.50.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting. As we stated in the preview and something that was very well publicised in the general media, City were yet to score at the new Spurs stadium, let alone win a match there. With this in mind is was not a surprise that Tottenham +0.75 cruised to a win with this handicap, and it was merited too @ 1.94.
Looking at The Under/Over betting last of all, where the line had dropped from 3 to 2.75. This indicated punters were not as bullish on goals and that trend was proved correct in the end. Initially however, Over would have shortened based on the underdog scoring early in the game. Under 2.75 won @ 2.01 however, in part due to City’s odd starting XI which was missing KDB and Foden, but mostly due to excellent Spurs defending.
Tottenham put in a very organised, disciplined and effective showing to overcome a Manchester city side which never played their best football and deserved nothing. 1-0 is a fair result.
The hero for the home side was Harry Kane who stole the headlines when his winning goal was the one that overtook Spurs’ scoring legend Jimmy Greaves. In doing so, become the club’s outright leading goal scorer, ruining City’s chances of making ground on Arsenal who had lost in Everton before this contest began.
As has been common of City’s season, they were caught playing on the edge of their own area, and man of the match Hojbjerg fed Kane to fire home an opener.
The goal saw added celebrations as it made him Tottenham’s all-time top scorer, along with moving him onto 200 Premier League goals, joining Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney as the only players to reach this milestone.
During some strong Man City pressure, one of their best performers Riyad Mahrez hit the underside of the bar.
At this stage it seemed only a matter of time before they came as close or score, but to Tottenham’s credit, gradually the threat diminished as the home side set up superbly without the ball, nullifying city’s threat. This in particular while Guardiola had left key men like De Bruyne and Foden on the subs bench.
The theme for the remainder of the game never changed, Spurs defended extremely well, and the home side ended up being just as likely if not more likely to score next.
Conte was not in the dugout but his side emerged for the second half with a renewed sense of optimism.
City tried to change the dynamic in the 2nd period but never played fluid football and failed to generate serious pressure. Even when not in possession, the home side looked surprisingly comfortable at 1-0.
City were becoming frustrated by their lack of chances, even playing against ten men didn’t help when Romero was sent off for a second yellow with around 10 minutes left.
City failed to translate late possession and positive territory into meaningful opportunities, and their sorry record of having never scored a goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium continued.