There is plenty to entertain tonight in the Premier League; a Merseyside derby, debut for Mata (no pressure), a tricky away game at St Mary’s for Arsenal……in fact it seems we’re at that stage of the season where every game has some intrigue. No team is out of the running for Europe and also safe; you’re either fighting at the top, or battling at the bottom, there’s no mid table obscurity at the moment.
So what of the big match tomorrow, Spurs against Manchester City. Well it doesn’t have the importance of some of the Champions League deciders of recent years, but it is certainly going to be an interesting game at the Lane.
Last time out, as we’re sure you’ll remember, City destroyed Spurs 6-0, starting with a goal in the 12th second!
That match was the beginning of the end for AVB at Spurs. The players didn’t seem to know what the plan was, if there was a plan at all. That Arsenal subsequently had six put past them at the Etihad make little difference to Spurs now, they need to make amends and show how they’ve come on this season.
A win for Spurs and a favourable draw in the Merseyside derby would see them go fourth, which towards the end of 2013 seemed unlikely despite the optimism which greeted this season.
In Spurs favour there has certainly been improvement in recent months, whether it’s down to players bedding in, or a new manager is unclear. What we do know is Spurs are unbeaten under Sherwood in the league, and have found goals much easier to come by since the departure of AVB (and a move to two up front in most games).
Of course all this could mean nothing, even an improving Spurs would do well to prevent Manchester City from scoring. City were favourites for the league pre=season, and even a dodgy start didn’t dent their odds too much. Now they are like a machine, seven league wins on the bounce scoring 22 goals is enough to strike fear into most teams.
That said, there are weaknesses. In that run of seven league wins City kept only two clean sheets, and against Championship Watford at the weekend it took a two goal deficit before they woke up completely.
So defensive frailty might give Spurs some hope, no one more so than former City striker Adebayor. Marginalised under the previous management to the extent that he was training with the youth team, since being welcomed back into the first team squad Adebayor has rewarded Sherwood with five league goals.
If you’re looking for omens, Spurs won the corresponding fixture last season by three goals to one, in a manner that Shewood would certainly take right now.
In terms of the odds, Manchester City are favourites best priced at 21/20 with PaddyPower. Tottenham can be backed at 11/4 with BetFair, the draw is available at 11/4 with BetVictor.
Unsurprisingly, given how many goals they score, and that they’ve scored first in 77% of their games this season, the first goalscorer market is dominated by City players.
Aguaro is the favourite at 9/2, followed by Negredo and Dzeko at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively all best priced with Ladbrokes.
For Spurs, both Soldado and Adebayor are both available at 8/1 at SkyBet.
So with the odds fairly short on the favourite, where are we going to get our betting value from? Are there any special football offers for the Tottenham vs. Manchester City match?
Glad you asked, yes there are and we’ve noted some of the best below
• BetFair are offering chose your own cashback
• BWin have double delight and hat-trick heaven
• Ladbrokes will refund on in-play markets if there’s a red card
If that last offer seems appealing, you might like to know that Adebayor is 4/1 to see red with PaddyPower, and if he gets riled up, then that could be on the cards.
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