Man City v Tottenham: Spurs to keep their title challenge on track

Can Mauricio Pochettino get one over on his South American counterpart?
Can Mauricio Pochettino get one over on his South American counterpart?
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The final part of an incredible Super Sunday comes from The Etihad as Spurs look to strengthen their title credentials at Manchester City.


"Tottenham have only been beaten once on the road this season and that was on the opening weekend at Old Trafford."

Back The Draw @ 3.7511/4

Man City v Tottenham
Sunday February 14, 16:15 GMT
Live on Sky Sports 1


Man City

It's baffling to think that with the embarrassment of riches that Man City possess, they are only fourth in the league. Just a point separates second to fourth, but they are half a dozen points behind leaders, Leicester, after being well and truly thumped by them in front of their own fans last Saturday lunchtime.

Manuel Pellegrini has reiterated his statement that he and his players are 100% committed to the cause despite his imminent departure in the summer, but since the Pep Guardiola announcement, City have scraped a 1-0 win at second from bottom, Sunderland, and been outclassed at The Etihad by Leicester.

Vincent Kompany is in line for a return on Sunday and his presence will be much needed given the trials and tribulations that the other central defenders have endured this term. There has to be some doubt over his fitness though and it will be interesting to see if he starts the game.


Tottenham

A run of six straight victories in all competitions have seen Spurs climb to second in the Premier League and also book their place in the last 16 of the FA Cup. A serious title challenge is now more than just a possibility and, after Sunday's visit to City, they don't have any more trips to clubs who are currently in the top five.

When Jan Vertonghen injured himself at Selhurst Park in January, there was a feeling that that would seriously damage Tottenham's prospects this year. It hasn't proved to be the case thus far as they haven't conceded a goal in the league since - keeping clean sheets at Carrow Road and then against Watford last week.

The big change since the beginning of the campaign has been their attacking results as Spurs have now knocked in 45 league goals this season, which is a total only bettered by Leicester, Man City and Everton. At the other end, they have the best defensive record by far - seven less conceded than any other club - and that has led to them having the best goal difference in the entire division.


Match Odds
Man City 2.111/10 Tottenham 3.8514/5 The Draw 3.7511/4

No surprises here as the hosts are the favourites, just above the even money mark. City are usually strong at home but that hasn't quite been the case this season as they have already been beaten by West Ham, Liverpool and Leicester, as well as being held by Everton.

In fact, The Citizens haven't beaten a team from the current top six this term and there have to be concerns about their defence, despite the return of club captain, Vincent Kompany.

Tottenham have only been beaten once on the road this season and that was on the opening weekend at Old Trafford. Since then it's been wins at Sunderland, Bournemouth, Southampton, Watford, Crystal Palace and Norwich, and draws at Leicester, Swansea, Arsenal, West Brom and Everton.

It may sound like I'm sitting on the fence, but I strongly fancy the draw in this one. It's a result that both teams would probably take and it's hard to split them, even though the last six scorelines between the pair have been 4-1, 0-1, 4-1, 1-5, 6-0 and 3-1.


Over/Under 2.5 Goals
Over 2.5 Goals 1.794/5 Under 2.5 Goals 2.265/4

Looking at those few scorelines above, it would seem that over 2.5 is the play. There's a lot on the line on Sunday though and I think things will be a bit tenser than usual.

It's been years since Tottenham have been in a position like this and, after moving second last week, the realisation that they are now in the title race could see some of their players tighten up - especially the younger ones.

I'm not actually going to have a bet on goals this week, but if I was, I would probably side with under 2.5 at the prices.


First Goalscorer

Harry Kane has netted 15 times this year, with six of them being the opening goal in the match. Two thirds of those six came away from White Hart Lane, including in the North London Derby at The Emirates.

The England star bagged a brace in his last away game and he also found the net in the reverse fixture back in September. With penalty duties and the occasional free kick in his locker as well, he is definitely worth backing at around the 7.613/2 mark to open the scoring.


Cash Out

A 1-1 correct score is currently trading at around the 8.27/1 mark and there is plenty of traction in that price. As stated earlier, I think this will be quite a close game and I can't imagine that we'll be in for a goal-fest.

Getting on the 1-1 pre-match and cashing out in play seems like a fairly suitable proposition and doing so before the end will protect us from a late winner.


Recommended Bets
Back The Draw @ 3.7511/4
Back Harry Kane to score first @ 7.613/2


Best Cash Out
Back a 1-1 Correct Score @ 8.27/1


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