The Premier League fixtures give us a cheeky Thursday night game this week as title-challenging Manchester City take on Champions League qualification hopefuls Tottenham in an 8pm GMT kick-off from the Etihad Stadium.
It’s a case of conflicted interests here as the away side will help their bitter rivals and league leaders Arsenal if they take a surprise victory but a loss could put more pressure on the position of Antonio Conte as Spurs head coach. Read our Man City vs Tottenham betting preview to look at the best Premier League tips available below.
City on the Rebound
Manchester City have been struggling for a consistent run of victories in the league recently. It’s a patchy spell of form that has seen the club drop to being in 2nd place 8 points off the pace of table-topping Arsenal. The good news is that both teams are still one game short of the halfway stage of the season so there’s still time to claw that deficit back.
Pep Guardiola will want to see his team bounce back after the disappointing and controversial 2-1 loss away to local rivals Manchester United last weekend. The Citizens haven’t lost two league games in a row since 2018. Defensive issues continue to worry City with the team keeping just 3 clean sheets in their last 11 matches across all competitions. It’s also a concern for Guardiola that he’s suffered 3 losses from his 5 meetings with Conte.
Levy Under Fire
Tottenham looked nothing short of abject in their underwhelming 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal in the North London derby last weekend. It’s left Spurs down in 5th position and 5 points off the pace of the top four. Owner Daniel Levy has been having his fair share of flak from the fans this season with the #LevyOut trending on social media on a weekly basis and rightly so. The team haven’t built on the promise of last season and the lack of activity in the transfer window so far has left supporters wondering if things will remain stagnant.
The Londoners might be coming into this game off a morale-damaging defeat but they do also have an opportunity to win back-to-back away league games for the first time this season. Here comes the negativity though. Tottenham have lost all four of their league games played against teams positioned above them in the table so far. It’s also become well-known that the team start games slowly having only scored one goal in the first half of their last 14 matches in all competitions. The team have also conceded 2 or more goals in 11 league games this season with only Bournemouth possessing a worse record.
Man City vs Tottenham Betting Preview Tips
Well, we’re getting close to twitchy bum time but there is a danger that both of these clubs could see their ambitions and end-of-season objectives taking a hit unless they can start putting wins together. There is still a feeling that City have it in them to get a run together. Unfortunately, the same confidence isn’t in this Tottenham side.
It was unfortunate how City lost the game last week and with a number of key players expected to return for this game I feel we will see a reaction. Tottenham haven’t shown anything for a while now to give us reason to think they will turn a corner. It almost feels like even Conte has resigned himself to the downturn. City to win this one.
Manchester City HT/FT @ 21/20 with Bet365
Total Goals Scored Under 3.5 @ 7/10 with Unibet
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