Manchester City will look to keep up their pursuit of near neighbours Manchester United at the top of the Premier League by beating Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, as we bring you the latest Man City v Tottenham odds.
City currently are two points behind United in third, and with their European campaign faltering by the week, Roberto Mancini will need to keep results in the Premier League positive, otherwise his job could quickly come under pressure.
The Premier League champions suffered a disappointing 2-2 draw with Ajax in the Champions League, where yet more defensive errors and frustrating referee decisions have left City’s Champions League adventure in tatters.
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Meanwhile, Spurs picked up their first Europa League victory of the season on Thursday after seeing off Maribor 3-1 at White Hart Lane.
Things are far from rosy though at the Lane, as Andre Villas Boas has yet to really convince the Spurs fans he is the right man to take them forward.
They have beaten Manchester United away this season but a home defeat at home to Wigan just identifies the current inconsistency within Tottenham ranks.
The markets see this game going one way with City very strong at a best-priced 8/13 with Paddy Power to continue their unbeaten record at home in the Premier League this season. In fact, City are unbeaten in 34 Premier League home games.
Man City have also won the last three games against Spurs in the Premier League but before the money came into the club Spurs had beaten City 11 times in the previous 15 meetings.
As mentioned, Spurs managed to topple Man United at Old Trafford earlier this year, and have picked up nine points from a possible 12 on the road.
Spurs have won their last three away league games; they haven’t won four on the bounce since April 1989. Ending that 23 year record could take them to within just two points of City in the table and would be their 300th win since the Premier League was formed in 1992.
They have been rather friendless in the betting markets though, with the 5/1 at Bet365 tempting no punters in as the majority of the money is for a City win or the draw, which can be gobbled up at 11/4 (Ladbrokes).
Spurs are fancied to put up a fight at the Ethiad though, and punters are taking the view that it could take City’s attacking might a little while to topple the Spurs backline.
One of the most popular bets on the match has been the Draw/Man City in the Halftime/Fulltime markets, which has seen plenty of money piled on with Ladbrokes at 7/2.
As with any big live game, the individual goals markets have also been popular.
Former Arsenal star Samir Nasri has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances against Tottenham, and seems to relish playing against a club that notoriously despises him for his Arsenal links. He has been a popular selection with punters at 9/1 with Bet365 to open the scoring here again, and also at 5/2 with the same firm to score at any time.
Jermain Defoe, following his wonderful hat-trick in mid-week, is one of the market leaders in the first goalscoring market at a best-priced 9/1 with Paddy Power.
However, Mancini’s side have conceded a higher percentage of goals from set pieces than any other top-flight team, and backing a centre-half to notch from a set-piece could be the way to play this market.
The aerially dominant William Gallas is likely to start at centre-half for Spurs, and his odds on 16/1 to score any time are too big to be ignored.