It was the first major game played at their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and boy how Spurs made that advantage count.
In front of a packed house that created an almighty atmosphere, the home team gained a huge advantage in this all-English Champions League quarter final by winning the first leg 1-0.
It means that they not only take the scoreline advantage to the City of Manchester Stadium for the second leg, but in preventing their opponents from netting an away goal they have give themselves a tremendous advantage.
Sergio Aguero had missed a first half penalty for City, and it was downhill from there as they failed to create any clear goalscoring opportunities. They could only watch on in horror too as Son Heung-min wriggled through their defence and fired home what could be a crucial goal in the context of the tie.
The Manchester City vs Tottenham odds are out for the second leg, which will take place in Manchester on April 17, and the fixture is beautifully poised.
So who will come out on top?
1. Manchester City vs Tottenham Betting Odds
Don’t forget, there are two aspects to the Manchester City vs Tottenham betting odds: firstly, who will win this second leg on Wednesday, but also who will qualify from it for the semi-finals of the Champions League.
As far as this second leg is concerned, the bookies have Manchester City down as a red-hot favourite to win at odds of 1.33, with Tottenham priced at 9.00 and the draw at 5.50.
And then we have the ‘to qualify’ market, in which Manchester City are once again the favourites albeit at longer odds of 1.66. Tottenham can be backed here at 2.10.
2. Manchester City vs Tottenham Predictions
When we think about all of the possible outcomes here, the mind begins to boggle.
A 1-0 win for Manchester City would send the tie into extra time, while 2-0 or better and they go straight through to the semi-finals.
But if Tottenham manage to nick an away goal then the whole context of the tie changes. Manchester City would need to score at least three times to overcome that deficit; and that shows just how fragile the ‘to qualify’ market is here.
Spurs’ job of scoring at the City of Manchester could well be hampered by the absence of Harry Kane, who picked up an ankle injury in a strong challenge with Fabian Delph. The extent of the England striker’s injury is not yet known, although Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that he could now be out for the season.
In stark contrast, there should be better news on the selection front for Manchester City. Kevin de Bruyne should be fit to take his place in the team from the start of the match, while Bernardo Silva is stepping up his recovery from a muscle injury.
Pep Guardiola, wise after the fact, won’t risk playing Fabian Delph at left back again either, with John Stones or Vincent Kompany coming in at centre back and Aymeric Laporte switching left. It will be a much better City side as a result.
Tottenham will probably play Son Heung-min as a central striker, and his inclusion in place of the absent Kane could actually help to improve Spurs’ attacking options. After all, they will look to play on the counter attack in this game, and the Korean’s pace and tireless running will be of great benefit.
The 1-0 win in the first leg ended a run of four games without a victory for Tottenham against Manchester City, although they will want to quickly erase the memories of the last time they visited the City of Manchester Stadium: the hosts dishing out a 1-4 thrashing.
What’s your prediction?
Manchester City will win 0%
The first of our Manchester City vs Tottenham predictions is that this will be a fantastic game to watch: no surprises there then!
The game is finely poised, with City likely to dominate possession and look to carve open the Spurs defensive line, with the visitors content to sit deep and then hit their opponents on the break through Son and co.
But defending in such a way is a dangerous ask, with City’s pace and power likely to break through in the end.
And so that’s why the most important of our Manchester City vs Tottenham betting tips is Manchester City to qualify at a good price of 1.66.
Remember, all they need to do is keep a clean sheet – easier to do with Kane missing – and find a goal or two of their own. For a side like Manchester City, that’s no problem at all.
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