Man City vs Tottenham – Betting Preview
For a variety of reasons, Arsenal’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur was crucial.
The obvious one is bragging rights in North London as the Gunners defeated their fierce rivals twice in the Premier League for the first time since the 2013–14 season, in large part due to a commanding first half and a very professional second half.
The outcome allowed Arsenal to overtake Manchester City by eight points at the top of the table after Pep Guardiola’s team – somewhat controversially – lost a derby of their own against Manchester United the day before!
This was perhaps most significant in terms of the race for the title.
Man City Preview
At the home of the reigning Premier League champions, Man City, an equally significant match is about to be underway as they welcome Spurs to the Etihad Stadium.
The fact that both teams lost on derby day adds additional intrigue to Thursday’s matchup. Despite having played one more game than Arsenal, City will be looking for the victory to close the gap, while Antonio Conte’s team will undoubtedly respond as Champions League qualification is possible.
Now, regardless of what happens at the Etihad Stadium, Arsenal should gain.
Even though a victory for the Manchester club would see the lead at the top of the Premier League table cut to five points, on the flip side the chances of finishing above Tottenham for the first time since 2016 improves!
As an alternative, a victory for Spurs—which is a very real possibility given their recent performance in this fixture—will actually help Arsenal.
Yes, there is a possibility that some Arsenal supporters would rejoice if Tottenham won because it would prevent Man City from gaining ground and create the opportunity to widen the gap in the future.
Naturally, a draw wouldn’t be the worst outcome either because it would increase the lead at the top of the table to seven points. But will it?
The way the weekend played out, there’s a good chance that the title race will feature four teams, though that depends on whether Newcastle United is considered a serious contender!
1×2 Betting Odds
Although Tottenham has undoubtedly had the better of this match in recent times and Conte can proudly claim to have Guardiola’s number, past victories should mean nothing as this Tottenham team is struggling really bad!
When it comes to do or die, we have seen Man City do things no one else has in the Premier League. This match against Spurs is certainly a must win for Pep and co, and their odds of winning here stand @ 1.40.
Spurs on the other hand, have a motive of their own, which is to finish in the top four! Their market odds of winning this one, makes them the underdogs @ 9.20.
The possibility of a stalemate, and points shared stands @ 5.83.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.65.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.43.
The market expects that this game will have a few goals in it, because whenever Manchester City play, they are bound to score goals!
The home side are the favourites to win, but do expect Spurs to pack a punch as they often do against the blue side of Manchester!