Manchester City will be hoping to take another giant step towards the Premier League title when Tottenham roll into town on Saturday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s charges warmed up for the game by eviscerating Sporting Lisbon 5-0 in the first leg of their Round of 16 Champions League tie in midweek, effectively sealing a spot in the quarter-finals in the process.
Guardiola’s men have been domestic behemoths, and they are serenely making progress towards a fourth league title in five years. Tottenham, on the other hand, have seen their form rapidly decline over the past few weeks, with three defeats on the spin.
Can Spurs revive their flailing top-four hopes? Freebets hopes to give you some clues with three juicy tips.
Phil Foden to get in on the act
This season, Phil Foden has gone from strength to strength. As things stand, he has six Premier League goals to his name, and he could better his tally of nine last term. The England midfielder was in fine form in midweek against Sporting Lisbon, and he’s just a player you can’t take your eyes off.
Nearly three years ago, his fifth-minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Etihad. He has been more prolific in front of goal, and his left foot is a wand, just like that of his team-mate Riyad Mahrez.
If you like to delve into the goal scorer markets, Paddy Power may pique your interest, by offering short odds of 8/5 for Foden to score anytime for City against Tottenham.
City to corner in their opponents
Over the past few years, Tottenham have struggled at the Etihad, and more often than not, they have failed to keep up with the relentless tempo set by City. Antonio Conte will like to feel that he has tried to give Spurs more of an identity, although judging by recent performances, their defensive flaws have been laid bare.
City are not the sort of team that will sit off Spurs, and so Conte’s charges can’t afford to be passive, or they will be picked off mercilessly by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne.
You can probably expect wave after wave of attack, and with City likely to do most of the early running, Spurs could be camped in their half for large chunks of the game. So, with that in mind, you can expect a lot of corners. Well, if you are tempted, you can get a price of 4/1 with bet365 of over 14 corners during the 90 minutes, and City you imagine will dominate the corner count!
City to shut up shop
This season, City have been more defensively resilient, and at the time of writing, they have conceded just 14 goals from 25 games. With a nine-point buffer between them and Liverpool, City will want to keep the Reds at arm’s length in the title race.
Although Tottenham will be looking to claim a league double over City following their 1-0 victory over the seemingly champions elect at the beginning of the campaign, it’s hard to make a strong case for the north London outfit. This could be a routine victory for City, and William Hill is offering an ominous-looking 10/11 for City to win to nil.