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Man City vs Tottenham – Premier League Betting Preview 18 Oct 2014
Manchester City play Tottenham this weekend in an important Premier League tie for both teams just 7 games into the new season. The match is the early kick off this Saturday, with kick off at 12.45pm at the Etihad Stadium with the match being shown live on BT Sport 1 in the UK.
Both teams have not had amazing starts to their Premier League season, with both teams seeming to suffer from a number of players coming back late from the World Cup and trying to bed in a few new signings alongside these latecomers.
City have yet to truly get going although they have arguably had a tough start. Two draws away at Arsenal and home to Chelsea at least mean they haven’t dropped points to rivals, but a home defeat to Stoke and tough Champions League ties versus Bayern Munich and Roma have meant that this has been a tricky start to the 2014/15 campaign for City.
Tottenham have had to bed in a new manager in Mauricio Pochettino, plus a number of new players and it has shown on the pitch, with the players seemingly struggling to truly embrace the manager’s vision for success and struggling to implement his pressing game that was so successful at Southampton.
It looks like this could be a tough season for Spurs fans, as Pochettino doesn’t seem to quite have the players yet to fully implement his style, so he may need time and another couple of transfer windows to get home his ideas and bring in the correct personnel. Spurs currently lie in 6th after a run of 4 games without a win was ended with a decent 1-0 home win over Southampton.
So how do the bookies see this one going?
Man City vs Tottenham Outright Betting Odds
Man City 1/2 (Paddy Power)
Draw 7/2 (Bet365)
Tottenham 6/1 (Betfred)
It’s hard to really argue with the bookies here, 1/2 is actually not a bad price for City at home, as they do have a great record at the Etihad. Both teams will have players coming back late from the international break and with the early kick-off it could mean a sluggish game, so don’t discount a weird result, but I haven’t seen enough signs from Tottenham that they are ready to pull off a small upset here, so I’d stick with City here.
First Goalscorer Market
Aguero 4/1 (Coral)
Dzeko 9/2 (Bet365)
Jovetic 5/1 (Coral)
Yaya Toure 7/1 (Ladbrokes)
Lampard 7/1 (Ladbrokes)
Adebayor 9/1 (William Hill)
David Silva 10/1 (Bet365)
Soldado 10/1 (Sky Bet)
Man City have to be favourites to score first here, but with all the internationals coming back it might be a good bet to go for someone who is fresh and hasn’t been away. This brings Frank Lampard into the equation, he has made a good start to his City ‘career’ (he goes back to New York in January) and has scored a few important goals already, so Lampard looks a nice bet at 7/1 with Ladbrokes. If you fancy Spurs catch City napping and strike early then why not take Adebayor at 9/1 who is sure to be fired up playing against one of his old teams.
Both Teams To Score?
Yes 4/5 (Bet365)
No 11/10 (Paddy Power)
The slight favourite is that ‘Yes’ both teams will score, but the bookies can barely split this one. It is quite a tough one to call, both teams have ok defensive records on paper, but both defences can have their moments and have that air of vulerability about them. I will probably be avoiding this market for this game, but at a push I would say ‘No’ as I actually think City will win this one 1-0 or 2-0.
Man City vs Tottenham Recommended Bets
Man City to win Outright @ 1/2 with Paddy Power
Frank Lampard to score first @ 7/1 with Ladbrokes