Man City vs Tottenham Preview & Betting Tips: Come On My Son

Son Heung-MinManchester City aim to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on early-season leaders Tottenham Hotspur, who have recently fallen from their lofty perch (4.30pm Sunday). Can the hosts get the job done at the Etihad? Or will the visitors stop them in their tracks? This preview, with its betting tips, answers those questions.

As is not too often the case, Manchester City don’t come into this game in sparkling form. Sure, they picked up another Champions League win on Tuesday night, but weren’t wholly convincing as they came from two goals down to win 3-2 on home soil. They have failed to win either of their last two EPL games, drawing to both Chelsea and Liverpool, who last weekend secured a point at the Etihad. Of course, MCFC are unbeaten in eight, six of which they have won, so Pep Guardiola’s men will still be confident ahead of this match against a Spurs side that continues to carry injuries.

If the hosts have not been in great form, then the visitors have been in poor form of late. Ange Postecoglou’s men will arrive at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon having lost three on the bounce, coming unstuck against Chelsea, Wolves and most recently, Aston Villa. Spurs are without key players right now, which is an issue and it is unlikely that their injury problems will lessen ahead of this game, which means that the men from North London may not go to Manchester brimming with confidence.

Home comforts certainly help

We can of course be slightly critical of Man City’s last two home efforts. They failed to see the game out against Liverpool and you could argue that they only scored by capitalising on a defensive error on that occasion. They gave themselves an uphill battle against Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday. Those two games should give Sunday’s visitors something to cling to in terms of hope, but in general, it is very hard to pick holes in Manchester City’s home record this season.

That win against Leipzig marked seven out of eight competitive home wins in all competitions for Guardiola’s squad this season. In those eight games, they have scored 26 goals, conceding only seven at the other end.

Visitors THFC struggling without key players

Spurs come into this game missing some very important players. The injury to James Maddison was a colossal blow for this team. Everything good about Spurs’ attacking play was going through the number ten, who over the course of the first ten games was hugely influential.

Not only are they finding it tough to be as menacing offensively without Maddison’s quick thinking, clever passing and eye for goal, but they are also struggling to keep teams quiet without Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven at the back. To lose both of their first-choice central defenders in that game against Chelsea has proved costly, as they have gone on to lose two on the bounce. Neither will be back for this game and their absence leaves a huge hole, especially as it appears Spurs have no reliable back-up, with Postecoglou opting to play natural full backs Ben Davies and Emerson Royal in central defence in each of the last two games.

Spurs a bit of a bogey team?

In recent years, few Premier League teams have upset Manchester City as often as Spurs. When the teams last met, Tottenham won by a goal to nil, while they’ve now won three of their last four games against Manchester City, who since 2020, have lost five out of eight renewals of this fixture. However, when the teams met at this last venue last season, MCFC flexed their attacking muscles to win by four goals to two.

Man City to have too much

Without Maddison, Romero and van de Ven, Spurs look a little too light to get a result at the Etihad. The hosts really ought to have too much in the locker, though we perhaps shouldn’t be surprised if the visitors leave their mark. At the prices, ‘Manchester City to Win & Both Teams to Score’ rates as the best bet.

Manchester City have been frequent winners at home, but as their recent efforts have shown, they are far from infallible at the back, conceding in three of their last four home wins, as well as in four of their last five at home overall. We have also seen that despite the hole left by Maddison and the defensive issues, Spurs are still hurting teams. They have scored in all their Premier League games this season, including each of those three recent defeats against Chelsea, Wolves and Aston Villa.

Son to shine

Even if the visitors come up short, which seems likely, their dynamic and direct forward Son Heung-Ming, who simply loves to play on the break, should be relishing this chance, and at the available odds, he is worth betting on to make a sizable contribution.

We know how strong Son can be in games where teams push forward and leave space and that will certainly be the case on Sunday. The South Korean has a very promising record against Man City too, scoring seven and assisting three in 16 Premier League and Champions League games against Manchester’s blue team. Throw in that he is currently averaging 0.68 goals per game this season, coupled with a combined expected goals and expected assists average of 0.69 per 90 minutes and odds of 2/1 on the Spurs captain to either score or assist start to look a little generous. So these are the betting tips for this MCFC vs THFC preview:

  • Manchester City to Win & Both Teams to Score @ best odds of 29/20 with William Hill.
  • Son Heung-Min to Score or Assist @ 2/1 with Bet365.