The Premier League leaders take on eighth placed Tottenham on Saturday in this 5.30pm kick off and Manchester City are widely expected to continue their dominant run (TV: Live on Sky Sports). Spurs have one of the better records against City in recent years but Antonio Conte’s men will arrive at the Etihad on the back of three straight EPL defeats.
The biggest UK bookies expect a comfortable 90 minutes for the hosts but, even if you agree with their assessment, there should be some good betting options in the side markets for this game. We’ll discuss them in this MCFC vs THFC preview before finalising our betting tips.
The match result betting puts Manchester City, who are just 1/10 to win the EPL, in the clear and most outlets are offering just 2/7 on the home win. The draw is up next at best industry odds of 5/1 while a win for Tottenham is out at 11/1.
Seven places separate these teams in the Premier League table but the form guide offers more of a clue as to the huge gap in those odds. Manchester City have claimed 16 points from their last six league matches while Spurs have seven points after losing their last three.
If you are hopeful of a positive result for the away side, there are some excellent prices but, for the rest of us, it’s a case of looking at the side bets.
There aren’t too many games where Harry Kane is pushed down the first goalscorer market but Manchester City players dominate here. Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden open up with all three available at 5/1 in places.
Gabriel Jesus is slightly further back at 6/1 and then we come to Kane at 9/1. In terms of long-range value, Fernandinho could be worth a look for City at 20/1. Within the Spurs camp, Son Heung-Min has a good record against Saturday’s opponents and the South Korean international scored the winner when these teams met on the opening day of the season. Son is available to find the net first at best odds of 14/1.
Elsewhere, team bets suggest that the bookmakers aren’t expecting too much in the way of attacking intent from the away side. Both Teams to Score makes one of those rare trips above the even money mark and it can be claimed for this game at best odds of 11/10. The alternative is to take a top price of 4/5 on Both Teams ‘not’ to Score.
Moving across to the Total Goals market and a stake Above the 2.5 line is predictably short at best odds of 6/10. If we push that up to Over 3.5, we can get up to odds of 31/20. If, however, you think it will be a low-scoring 90 minutes, the top price to go Under 2.5 goals stands at 29/20.
All that’s left from the regular round ups is a look at the Correct Score market and our feeling is that this will be a comfortable win for Man City but that Spurs will get on the scoresheet. With that in mind, you could look to take a 3-1 home win at best odds of 11/1. If you disagree with that theory, the 2-2 draw is on offer at 25/1 and, if THFC were to scrape an unlikely 2-1 away victory, that price lifts up to 28/1.
Our Preview’s Man City vs Spurs Betting Tips Verdict
The best options really do lie in the side markets here. Spurs are on a dreadful run of form and have been missing key players in recent weeks. Team news suggests that Oliver Skipp and Eric Dier have just faint chances of returning and, even if they do come back into the side, Manchester City should have far too much for their opponents.
If we are looking at a home win, there is no interest at all in those 2/7 odds. We could look at some handicaps but the side bets look to be generous enough. The bookies clearly aren’t expecting Tottenham to get on the scoresheet but we disagree in this case. With Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, Spurs retain one of the most potent partnerships in the Premier League but they will need supply and support.
Both Teams to Score is, therefore, our first confirmed pick at those 11/10 odds. In terms of a second selection, we were looking at Raheem Sterling for an anytime goal but he’s relatively short at odds of 7/5.
Instead, we’ll take a slightly better price of 31/20 on Over 3.5 goals. Spurs are capable of contributing to that total and, although it should be an easy three points for Manchester City, we can still enjoy a profitable 90 minutes. So these are the two betting tips this preview advises: