This will be the third game in 12 days between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, and there are sure to be some fraught feelings. These teams will meet on Wednesday with a spot in the Champions League Semifinals on the line, and whichever team misses out on the next round of the Champions League will look to redouble their efforts to get a win on Saturday. Manchester City are favorites in both competitions, but beating a team like Spurs twice in four days is a tough proposition.
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EPL Betting Odds at BookMaker.eu
Manchester City -301
Tottenham Hotspur +701
Over/Under 3 and 3.5
Manchester City are currently two points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table, but if they win out, they will win their second straight league title. City have not lost in league play since January 29, and they have largely dominated those matches. The Citizens have won four straight league games by multiple goals, and they are on a nine-match winning streak in league play. They decided to use their starters over the weekend and Raheem Sterling netted a brace and Gabriel Jesus tacked on a clincher late in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.
Spurs are in third place in the Premier League table, and they are currently a point ahead of London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. They have shaken off a stretch where they earned just one point in five league games with wins over Palace and Huddersfield Town over the last two weeks. Spurs shut out both opponents and Lucas Moura netted a hat trick against the Terriers in a 4-0 win.
These teams have met twice this year, once in the Premier League and once in the Champions League. Riyad Mahrez scored the lone goal in the EPL tilt to lead City to a 1-0 win in late October, while Son Heung-min scored late last Tuesday to lead Spurs to a 1-0 victory over City in the Champions League.
Claudio Bravo is a long-term injury and the only player guaranteed to miss the match for Manchester City. Oleksandr Zinchenko is questionable to play through a thigh injury, while Fernandinho is probable. Sterling suffered a knock in the win over Palace, but he has been fully cleared for action.
Losing Harry Kane last week is going to really test Spurs down the stretch. He is unlikely to return from an ankle injury anytime in the next week, and he will join Eric Dier, Serge Aurier, and Vincent Janssen on the sidelines. Harry Winks is questionable to play, while Erik Lamela and Dele Alli are both probable. Fernando Llorente has been given the green light after he picked up a knock against Huddersfield.
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Hugo Lloris came up big in the first leg of the Champions League tie between these teams, stopping a Sergio Aguero penalty kick early on and posting a clean sheet in a win. He will need to be even more impressive here, as City are likely to control possession and continually surge forward. It wasn’t the greatest start to the season for Lloris, but his play has stabilized, and he is the key to a result for Spurs.
Prop Bet – Under 2.5 and 3 +149
The last two games between these sides ended 1-0, and I think the familiarity will help the defenders in the final clash between these teams. Tired legs could hurt, but both goalkeepers have been in great form, so I’ll take my chances at this price.
Free Soccer Betting Pick
I think Spurs will get a result from City on Wednesday or Saturday. Tottenham have been a resilient bunch all season, and they rallied after Kane went down with an injury earlier in the year. Mauricio Pochettino is one of the few managers that can match minds with Pep Guardiola, so I’ll call for a draw.
English Premier League Odds: Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1
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