The Champions League, Premier League, any league: whenever City and Spurs face off, you know that it’s going to be an electric affair. Tottenham come into this match with a point advantage following the first leg but City have been better in terms of overall performances thus far in 2019. In fact, that first leg loss is their first since January. Their form in the Premier League is legendary, while their 7-0 mauling of Schalke in their second encounter showed they could be just as deadly elsewhere.
The away side are capable of being just as brilliant. They did win their last meeting, after all, but have been a lot less consistent, losing five Premier League matches in a row throughout February and March. Will the pressure of the quadruple damage City? Will Spurs be able to remain consistent? There’s a lot of unanswered questions heading into this contest.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction: Man City 2-0 Spurs
City were not at their best in their last meeting with Spurs, with the team selection being a significant area of criticism. Considering their schedule, it seems likely that Guardiola saw it as a rare chance to rotate. Due to the significance of this game and the disadvantage they are at, we doubt we will see something similar here. Tottenham will be getting City firing on all cylinders and they’ll be getting that without Harry Kane. We think considering just how strong City are when they bring their A-game, it will be too much for Spurs to handle. Therefore, our scoreline prediction is 2-0 to the home team.
Our recommended tip: Man City win to nil
They may have won the first-leg match but Tottenham Hotspur remain the underdogs in this Champions League contest. The away side have just a 9% win probability, while the team sat above them in the Premier League standings pull away with a significant 73% win probability. While Spurs have been performing well recently, there are few teams that can fight off a determined Manchester City squad. And considering they have won six out of their last 10 matches without conceding a goal, we recommend that you wager they’ll achieve the same here. At Paddy Power, you’ll find low-risk 11/8 odds on Man City winning to nil.
Astonishingly, despite the fact that these two have met over 150 times in the last century, they currently sit neck-and-neck at 61 wins apiece. However, despite that 1-0 first-leg victory, the last couple of years have seen City gain the advantage. They bested Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 and 3-1 in the Premier League last year, and by 4-1 the year before that. In 2016, Spurs did dominate with a trio of wins, however, with the neck-and-neck nature of their overall stats seeming to come from alternating winning streaks rather than a regular back-and-forth. Regardless, it will be that one goal advantage which really matters in this match.
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Players to watch: Raheem Sterling & Son Heung-min
Manchester City: Raheem Sterling
In all honesty, with the sheer talent that is available to Manchester City, you could pick half their players as ones to watch. However, considering the blistering pace he set against Crystal Palace, not to mention his sensational attacking form as of late – he’s scored six goals in his last eight games –, there’s a good chance we’ll see more from Sterling here. Whenever any player manages to stand out amongst the who’s-who of brilliance that is City’s players, you know they are something special.
Tottenham Hotspur: Son Heung-min
After his brilliant performance in their first leg, how could we pick anybody else? While Son Heung-min, and the rest of Tottenham Hotspur, will likely be facing a different level of challenge here, if we see a repeat of the last time they faced, then Son Heung-Min will be an absolute menace to City’s defence. He has more shots and shots on target than any other player.