TV Guide - Game Week 18: Man City v TottenhamSaturday, December 16 2017
Three TV treats to gnaw on this week. Yes, count ‘em!
I’ll be sounding off about Super Sunday’s West Brom v Man United and Bournemouth v Liverpool in due course, but we can’t really ignore the Man City v Tottenham game can we?
Man City v Tottenham. 5.30pm on BT Sport
Home Win. The hoopla around the match will have you thinking that this is Man City’s biggest test of the season. Like…er… Man United last week. But the clowns at Sky/ BT have got to try to keep the Premier League interesting for another five months yet. And endlessly questioning whether this is the best team we’ve ever seen ain’t doing it…
So, Home Win.
Tottenham are obliged to bring both hammer and tongs to the party though. Three defeats and a draw from their last four on the road is, well, a bit shit. Worse than Southampton, Palace and West Brom in fact.
And there is, of course, that unfortunate record of just four wins from the last 86 matches v Top Four teams. Ouch.
They will be encouraged by a couple of things. First, Man City’s back four doesn’t look good on paper. Or on the edge of their own box. Second, they are conceding goals – five in six.
But Tottenham’s habit of starting slow could mean the race is run before they even hit stride.
So I’m playing like this:
- Home Win at 8/13
I’d swerve the odds-on in favour of the two options below, which both offer decent values from a City Home Win.
- Man City/ Man City in the HT/ FT at 27/20
- Man City Win & Both Teams to Score at 15/8 (boosted price at Coral)
Keep 'em peeled for a Super Sunday sermon first thing tomo.
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