A big-time clash between two title contenders kicks off early Saturday afternoon as the Tottenham Hotspur will host Manchester City in what promises to be a thrilling affair.
With how wide-open the league seems this season, every point between title hopefuls remains crucial, and with the Spurs recent promising run – a chance at winning the league is within their sights for the first time in a long time.
But there are many contenders standing in their way, mainly Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. And though the Blues have yet to truly play their best football this season, their skill and finishing touch in the final third have allowed them to outscore their expectations through seven matches.
The Citizens have won just three games thus far, and with pressure mounting on the star-studded group, many within the squad realize the impact a thrashing win over the Spurs could have on their season.
This matchup should produce drama and offensive fireworks between two of the most-skilled sides in the world. As always with our soccer coverage here at TheSportsGeek, read on beneath the posted odds for a tactical breakdown and winning wager for the Spurs vs. Man City showdown in a pivotal Gameweek 8 encounter. Enjoy!
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City Betting Odds:
Tottenham Hotspur (+300)
Manchester City (-125)
Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-110)
Tottenham Hotspur +0.5 (+105)
Manchester City -0.5 (-125)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City Pick:
Expect Jose Mourinho to have his squad fired up for this top-of-the-table clash, and though City aren’t there right now – you just know they’ll bounce back eventually. For the Spurs sake, they’ll surely hope it isn’t this week.
Tottenham have an excellent chance in this contest and are simply far too lofty right now in the betting markets. Expect Mourinho to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation, offering him flexibility and attacking prowess on the counter. The Spurs will be content with allowing City the majority of possession, but will be rigid and organized with their shape – a Mourinho hallmark.
Up front, the Spurs can and should do damage to City when they do catch them on the break. Their attacking core of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, along with Gareth Bale – all have the necessary pace and finishing ability to trouble a City back-line that has looked oddly vulnerable of late. If the Spurs can withstand the skill and Man City onslaught, they have a very good shot at a positive result come Saturday afternoon.
For City, it clearly isn’t getting any easier as they’ll be forced to enter this crucial contest without three first-team players. Fernandinho remains out in the midfield, while Benjamin Mendy and Nathan Ake will be absent in defense. Their back four is still a solid group, but compared to what they could possess – holding off the Spurs attack could prove problematic.
Look for this to be a cagey affair before likely opening up in the second-half. Neither side will want to make an early concession or mistake, but City likely already need to play for victories. With the state of their defense, they’ll take chances forward – and with the Spurs’ shape they should be ale to withstand that pressure, and attack with speed and flair down the flanks. Led by Son Heung-min and Harry Kane up top, that duo has been formidable in recent seasons, and should produce another classic showing against Man City. Take the Spurs +0.5 and cash in on the home side with either a draw or a win in Saturday’s featured match.