An all-English affair was inevitable with all four teams making the quarter finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008/09. Can the tournament favourites provide the goods needed to progress?
Man City come into the tie on the back of a semi-final victory in the FA Cup vs Brighton on the weekend, keeping their quadruple hopes alive. They visit North London to the wonderful new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for just Spurs second appearance in front of their own fans at their new home.
Man City’s main injury concern surrounds the fitness of Sergio Aguero. The Argentine didn’t play in their recent FA Cup Semi Final vs Brighton, but he has returned to training this week, so is expected to start vs Spurs. Their other injury worry lies with Kyle Walker missing with a hamstring strain, the only positive coming from this is that Benjamin Mendy returned to action this weekend. The Citizens look likely to line up with a familiar 4-3-3 formation complimenting their speed out wide where they will look to have their success vs Spurs.
Spurs on the other hand have no fresh injury worries. Eric Dier, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela are all big doubts known to Pochettino. Thankfully for the the Argentine tactician, he will be able to call upon his big hitters, as all four started their recent 2-0 victory vs Crystal Palace (Kane, Alli, Eriksen, Son).
One big positive for Spurs, comes in the form of the returning Davinson Sanchez, the Colombian has been great for Spurs at the back this season and could play a big part in keeping the likes of Aguero and De Bruyne quiet. My thoughts would either be that Spurs line up with either a 4-2-3-1 or a 3-5-2 formation, as they look to keep it tight at the back against a free scoring Man City.
With a very hectic couple of weeks coming up for Citizens, I’m expecting them to want to get this tie into their hands in the first leg. City have won their last three meetings in the League by an aggregate score of 8-2, with their last meeting resulting in a 1-0 victory for City at Wembley, but by no means do I don’t expect Spurs to be pushovers.
Man City have been in imperious form, winning their last 14 matches and have lost just once in 2019. Spurs on the other hand have been very shaky this year, with losses against teams such as Southampton, Burnley and Palace. Man City to win the match at 1.90 looks a great price as they will be looking to start the tie off in the right fashion, I’d also be inclined to look at a goals aspect in this bet too.
You can get Man City to Win & Over 2.5 Goals in the match at quite a tasty 2.62, with Spurs attacking strength and slight frailties at the back, I expect this match to be very open and exciting.
As I said earlier, I don’t expect Spurs to be pushovers and with their potent attack, I’m confident they’ll find the net at home. City really aren’t impenetrable at the back and Spurs big four could really exploit that. Spurs really can’t let City take a large lead or a few away goals back to the Etihad, as that really could spell curtains for the North Londoners in this tie.
Man City to Win @ 1.90
Man City to Win & BTTS @ 3.6
Sergio Aguero to Score @ EVS