Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

Manchester City Odds Against Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester City travels to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday where they look to bridge the gap between themselves and Leicester City who sit just three points behind them. 

City fell 19 points behind runaway league leaders Liverpool on Wednesday night after the Reds defeated West Ham 2-0 with their game in hand. The title is slowly slipping from the clutches of City each week and the gap looks like it’ll only increase as the season plays out. 

Man City’s inconsistent form by their standards doesn’t help their title charge as dropped two points at home to Crystal Palace on the 18th of January. 

They followed that up with an unconvincing 1-0 away win against Sheffield United second-half resurrection took a halt this afternoon after they dropped two points at home in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. 

City’s schedule gets significantly harder in the next few weeks with games against Tottenham, Leicester City, a two-legged UEFA Champions League tie with Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United await the current champions. 

Despite their league struggles, their dominance in the domestic cup competitions remains after they advanced to their second consecutive Carabao Cup Final on Wednesday after defeating Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate despite losing 1-0 at home on the night. 

City will go on to face Aston Villa in the final where the latter will be huge sportsbooks favorites to claim yet another domestic trophy. 

Manchester City Odds Against the Busy Spurs

However, before that, they face a Tottenham Hotspur side who’s completed big business in the January transfer window. Despite selling talisman Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan for £16 million, Spurs acquired 22-year-old Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn from PSV for £27 million. 

Bergwijn has been a highly touted talent in the Netherlands for several years and after winning the Eredivisie three times with PSV, the winger has made his move to the English Premier League. 

It’s a much-needed addition to a Tottenham side lacking dynamism, pace, and goals. Bergwijn scored 15 goals in all competitions in 41 games last season but has just six in 29 games this season. 

Despite Spurs winning their last league game 2-1 against Norwich City, they followed that up with a 1-1 draw with Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, and now have just two wins in their last seven games in all competitions. 

Manchester City is unbeaten against Spurs in their last six league meetings with four wins and two draws. 

Sportsbooks odds on a Man City away win opens at -200, making them clear favorites. Odds on a Tottenham home win and their first in the league against City since 2016 opens at +500, according to sportsbooks. 

Can Man City Regroup for Next Season? 

While most people have written off City this season for the title, and justifiably so, there are questions on how well they can bounce back next season. 

This is David Silva’s last season at Manchester City, arguably their greatest ever player and still an important piece in their side at 34 years of age. 

It’s unknown how well they can cope without him. The future of Leroy Sane is also murky. The German is yet to play this season due to injury and was close to a move to Bayern Munich last summer before ultimately staying. 

While Fernandinho has signed a one-year contract extension, he is now 35 years old and not the same player as in his prime. 

Perhaps the biggest question mark of all; Sergio Aguero. The Argentine’s contract ends next summer and his desire to finish his playing career with his boyhood club, Independiente is well known.  

By next summer, City could lose four key members of their squad and that’s not even considering the future of manager Pep Guardiola who’s never stayed more than four years with one club (this season is his fourth with City).