Tottenham Hotspur V Manchester City
Sunday 3rd May. 4PM. Sky Sports 1
Super Sunday serves up a potential feast of goals as Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs welcome the champions to White Hart Lane.
We’ve enjoyed some phenomenal drama during recent meetings between these two sides and can expect to see plenty more action as the race for European football hits overdrive.
It should be a cracking contest.
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Can Harry Kane Continue Storming Season?
Pochettino’s first year at Tottenham has been indifferent to say the least: Spurs have been brilliant at times, but are equally susceptible to a complete an utter collapse. Fortunately, in Harry Kane, they do boast a reliable source of goals.
City have lost their last four Premier League away games in a row. They haven’t lost five on the bounce since April 2006.
The new England star has been a revelation since breaking into a regular first team spot, netting an incredible 20 league goals despite not becoming a permanent feature until November. Whilst those around have struggled for consistency, Kane has continuously cause problems to opposing defences and the 21-year-old will be eager to punish a City defence that’s missing captain Vincent Kompany.
Whilst Kane has been Tottenham’s consistent performer, fellow stars Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli possess more than enough quality to cause problems for the visitors and Pochettino will be hoping to see the best of his multi-million pound squad as they look to keep their minimal hopes of Champions League football alive.
Despite their issues throughout the campaign, Tottenham have won nine of 17 home games, scoring 29 goals in the process and can be optimistic heading into this difficult battle. If they play to their limit, then there’s no reason they can’t go marching on to victory against the champions.
Citizens Closing In On Champions League Football
Having seen their title defence fade, the champions momentarily saw their top four aspirations come under immense pressure. However, a return to form has put them back in the driving seat for Champions League football and victory at White Hart Lane would almost certainly see them return to Europe’s elite competition next year.
Manchester City have won seven and lost just one of the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Spurs.
It’s no coincidence that City’s return to form has coincided with Sergio Ageuro’s resurgence and his importance simply cannot be overestimated. There are undoubtedly other key members of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad, but the 21-goal striker is easily the main man around the Etihad and will be the biggest threat to Hugo Lloris’s goal, especially after scoring four in the October’s reverse clash.
Goals against Spurs have come easy for City in recent meetings, with the champions netting 15 in the past three head-to-head encounters alone. If Tottenham commit the same errors that they have in those recent showdowns, the visitors will almost certainly be heading back to Manchester with a crucial three points.
The Citizens are still some way short of their imperial best but they are on the road to recovery. Expect them to put in a big performance at the Lane.
Tottenham Hotspur V Manchester City Betting Tips
The champions enter Sunday’s showdown as favourites in spite of conceding home advantage and are priced Evens to get the win with Bet365. Meanwhile, Tottenham are available at 5/2 whilst the draw can be backed at 13/5.
From a betting perspective, it’s hard to look anywhere other than the goals markets. Both teams are eager to put in a big performance, which combined with the calibre of attacking talent makes us think there will be goals.
Spurs have scored five in two games since their shock defeat to Aston Villa whilst the visitors have matched that since losing 4-2 at Old Trafford. When you also add recent head-to-head results to the equation, a game of action looks inevitable.
Over 2.5 goals is 8/13 with Paddy Power
When it comes to goals, all eyes will be drawn to the threat of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero. On this occasion, we’re backing City’s in-form Argentinian to grab the headlines.
Despite missing a considerable chunk of the campaign through injury, City’s No.16 still sits atop of the Premier League scoring charts and enters Sunday’s showdown having scored four in his last three. We’re backing the lethal striker to increase that tally further by opening the scoring at White Hart Lane.
Sergio Aguero to score first @ 4/1 with Coral