The stage is set for another cracking game at the Etihad as Manchester City welcome Tottenham looking to overturn the 1-0 deficit from their Champions League quarterfinal first leg. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the second leg clash and as ever we have plenty f value waiting for you in our FanBoosts section.
Make Or Break For Both Sides
You get the feeling that this week will either make or break both sides’ seasons. Indeed, with the two sides set to meet at the Etihad twice within the space of four days as they face each other in the Premier League as well, it adds that much more importance to this fixture.
Spurs hold the advantage in the Champions League tie having won the opening leg 1-0 at their new stadium, but that was just Man City’s second defeat this year from 24 matches in all competitions, winning all 11 here.
Dele Alli Ruled Out?
Mauricio Pochettino was yet again saved by South Korean striker Heung-min Son in the opening leg after Harry Kane hobbled off in the 58th minute following a clash with Fabian Delph.
The captain’s absence hasn’t seemed to stem their flow one bit as they routed the Terriers 4-0 on Saturday, with Lucas Moura netting a hat-trick, although slightly more concerning is the injury to Dele Alli who may well be ruled out.
By contrast, City look a little more fortunate in this department with only Fernandinho a slight doubt, but having been rested over the weekend in their 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park, he should be fit to start.
Man City v Spurs Betting Tips
Pep Guardiola’s men are a very respectable W16-D2-L6 from their 24 encounters with the current ‘Big Six’ English sides across all tournaments since the start of last season.
Only two of those defeats have come at the Etihad, which is mightily impressive as they beat Spurs 4-1 the last time they came to town.
Indeed, against similar opposition, the visitors have lost 13 out of 24 matches in this time, including eight of 12 at neutral or away venues and they’ll certainly have to put in the performance of the year to hold off the Citizens’ onslaught.
Since 2011/12, teams that have lost the opening leg in the Champions League 1-0 on the road have a solid record in return leg.
They’ve gone W7-D4-L2 from the 13 times this situation has occurred, with only Inter hosting Marseille in 2012 and Bayern against Atletico Madrid in 2016 failing to advance from those seven victories, and so we’ll have a punt on Guardiola making it to his eighth Semi-final at this tournament.
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