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Man City v Tottenham – A Statistical Preview

Man City v Tottenham – A Statistical Preview

Only three positions separate Spurs and Man City in the Premier League table and despite having their title chances rubbished following a heavy defeat to Everton last weekend, only three points separate the sides.

Tottenham are of course in much better form, with Pep Guardiola all but admitting the title was beyond his side following that defeat.

But should their Citizens be written off? A look at the form guide gives us some indication of what might happen at the Etihad…

FORM GUIDE – OVERALL
Spurs are in terrific form, with six wins across the last six games – a run that started following defeat at Old Trafford in December.
Aside from City’s recent loss to Everton, City also lost to Liverpool on New Year’s Eve – dropping six points across the last six games as a result.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Overall form
When it comes to goal difference Spurs also have superior stats across the last 20 games, with a miserly 13 goals conceded and 42 scored – a tally superior to City’s 39.

FORM GUIDE – HOME VS AWAY
Despite recent 4-1 wins over lesser opposition, Spurs have lost two away in the last six against Chelsea and Man United.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Home v Away overall
City’s home form has been mixed since an exceptional run at the beginning of the season, and losses to Chelsea as well as draws against Middlesbrough and Southampton at home mean they’ve dropped five points across the last six at the Etihad.

FIXTURE HISTORY
Recent meetings at the Eithad have not gone Tottenham’s way, with five defeats in six.
Spurs broke the trend last season though, with a 2-1 win courtesy of goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.

Memories of 6-0 thumping at the hands of city back in November 2013 will now hopefully be forgotten, and Pep Guardiola’s new look side is tactically very different to teams that have come before.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Fixture History at Man City

ALL COMPETITIONS
A look at form across the last ten games shows how dominant Spurs have been across all games of late.

A remarkable nine wins and one loss eclipses City’s four losses and one draw across the same period.

Spurs have conceded a third of the goals that City’s much-maligned defence has, and scored an average of one goal more across their corresponding fixtures.

Man City v Spurs Ultimate Form Guide

All statistics point to one thing: a Tottenham win. But despite Man City’s soft underbelly, Spurs need to be wary of the side’s excellent attacking threat.

Guardiola has a number of star players back in contention for the game, following a difficult period of injuries and suspensions, and City will be keen to exorcise the demons that plagued them during their defeat last weekend.
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Swanning Around

Swanning Around

Tottenham are in desperate need of a big result. Back to back defeats at the hands of Monaco and Chelsea have dealt a serious blow to Spurs’ season, and while there is still a long way to go, a return to form prior to the all-important Christmas period is crucial. The victory over Manchester City aside, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are yet to hit the heights of last term, and I feel as though the unbeaten tag Spurs had in the league until last week was covering up a number of flaws. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a squad capable of challenging for the title, but the level of desire among the players appears to have dropped slightly, while the sloppy mistakes have most definitely increased. Spurs are still in a relatively healthy position of fifth in the Premier League table, the recent defeat at Stamford Bridge has left the club seven points off the top of the table and a victory this Saturday against a resurgent Swansea side is key.

The Champions League exit was unfortunate but expected by myself and the majority of Tottenham fans I have conversed with. Wembley was never going to work. This is a very young group of players with little to no Champions League experience. Critic can use the wages argument as much as they like, but expecting the team to be able to perform to the same levels in an alien environment was ludicrous. Having the home CL games at Wembley handicapped us massively and although the players have to take responsibility for the prospect of Europa league or possibly no European football for the remainder of the campaign, so do the hierarchy at the football club. We can take some positive from these group games however, should Tottenham manage to finish top four this term, the experience will have done the squad some good and this might well pay off at Wembley come next season.

Harry Kane signed a new long term deal at the club this week, the timing of which could really not have been any better. The presence of the Tottenham talisman makes this team so much stronger. Apart from the threat he provides in front of goal, Kane’s positive influence in the dressing room is particularly important. Mauricio Pochettino was critical of his players following the Monaco result, and did get an improved display as a result against Chelsea, even though Tottenham still can away defeated. Swansea gained a much needed win over relegation rivals Crystal Palace last weekend, but their defensive frailties were till apparent for all to see. I strongly fancy Tottenham Hotspur to put on a real show come 3pm Saturday and get back to winning ways in convincing fashion.

Leverlosing?

Leverlosing?

Tottenham return to Wembley this Wednesday evening for a crucial Champions League encounter with Bayer Leverkusen. The two sides fought out a 0-0 draw a fortnight ago in Germany, a match which was dominated for the most part by Bayer Leverkusen. It could be argued that Spurs were fortunate to come away with a point, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side defended well and still have the opportunity of qualifying for the latter stages of the competition. If Tottenham are going to achieve that, they will almost certainly need a positive result here against their German rivals, with Group E currently very finely balanced. Spurs are just a point in front of Leverkusen as things stand, but victory would increase that margin to four points, and make things very difficult indeed for Roger Schmidt’s men.

Having not been victorious since a 2-0 success over Manchester City on the 2nd of October, Tottenham Hotspur are desperate for a win. Tottenham haven’t played badly by any means during the past month, but they have been unable to turn their domination of matches into victories, drawing four and losing one of five games played. Goals have been at a premium, with Vincent Janssen only able to find the back of the net if it is from the penalty spot. Harry Kane is very close to a return, but is likely to be saved for the Arsenal game on Sunday, and Toby Alderweireld is also not quite ready to slot back into the Spurs eleven following injury. Mauricio Pochettino has assembled a squad which has plenty of strength in depth, but the players that have come in aren’t really firing on all cylinders.

A big positive for Spurs is the fact that Bayern Leverkusen aren’t the best when on the road, and this should be a very different match to the one which took place at the BayArena recently. The flip side of that is the fact that this encounter will be taking place at Wembley Stadium, and Tottenham didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory during their opening Champions League clash there with Monaco. While there was plenty of support for the so called home side, Tottenham definitely did not look as though they felt at home. Where the match taking place at White Hart Lane, I would agree with the bookies assessment of making Spurs around the even money mark, even with a few injuries to contend with. With Wembley as the venue however, Tottenham’s chances of all three points are reduced. Not many club sides get the opportunity to play at the home of English football, and it no doubt incentivises the teams Spurs are facing. I’m expecting another tight nervy affair, and the result really could go either way on Wednesday night.

Spurs Are on Their Way to Wembley….

Spurs Are on Their Way to Wembley….

….to play their first Champions League fixture since 2011. Tottenham’s third place finish in the Premier League last season meant the end of Thursday night football for the time being at least, and Spurs will now be in action on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, taking part in Europe’s elite football competition. Mauricio Pochettino’s men come into tonight’s clash with Monaco off the back of an impressive display away at Stoke this past weekend, a game where they ran out 4-0 victors. Spurs have begun the new season in relatively positive fashion, and have a return of eight points from their four games played thus far, meaning they currently sit in fifth spot in the Premier League table.

Harry Kane got off the mark at the Britannia Stadium, and that will hopefully do last season’s Golden Boot winner a boost in terms of confidence. Kane has looked rather lethargic in recent times, thanks in part to being involved in the pathetic national side. Harry will no doubt want to make an impact in the Champions League, and it would be no surprise to see him get on the scoresheet tonight. Mauricio Pochettino will no doubt be delighted to have Moussa Dembele back at his disposal, the talented midfielder having been banned since an altercation with Diego Costa at the back end of last term. That match against Chelsea appeared to have a real negative effect on the Tottenham squad, and impacted on the final few games of the season, which culminated in an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle. The return of Dembele should finally put those demons to rest, and the Belgian international can play a crucial role in Spurs’ bid for glory this term.

The odds compilers at bet365 make Tottenham Hotspur the 4/5 favourites to win this CL encounter with Monaco, the French outfit are available at the 4/1 mark, while the draw is on offer at odds of 27/10. Although Spurs were comfortable 4-1 winners when the two sides met in the Europa League last December, there are different factors to consider this time around. How Tottenham are going to cope playing at Wembley for one? While the North London outfit will definitely have the bulk of the crowd support, there will likely also be a number of neutrals in attendance, with cheap tickets having been on offer for the past few weeks. I’d expect a lot of Monaco fans to also make the short journey across the water, so the Wembley atmosphere certainly won’t mirror that of White Hart Lane. That being said, I still fancy Tottenham to get their 2016/17 Champions League campaign off to a winning start, and the 4/5 available at bet365 makes a fair bit of appeal.

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Are The Odds Stacked Against Us?

Are The Odds Stacked Against Us?

The 2016/17 Premier League season gets underway in just three days time, and there are some very interesting prices available on a variety of markets involving Tottenham Hotspur over the course of the upcoming season. Although Spurs were involved in the title race for the bulk of last term and ultimately finished in third place in the Premier League, the bookies only rate Tottenham as the joint 5th favourites for the upcoming EPL crown.

With Arsenal having snatched 2nd spot from Tottenham at the death last season, the rivalry between both teams is likely to be at an all time high this term. The odds compilers at bet365 have put Spurs in at odds of 5/4 to finish above the Gunners, while Mauricio Pochettino’s men can be backed at the 2/1 mark to end the season as top London club.

Harry Kane to be top Spurs scorer would appear to be a no-brainer at 2/7, but top Premier League goalscorer at 7/1 could well be a bit of value. Having taken the Golden boot last season, there is no reason why Harry Kane won’t have every chance of being the top striker in the land once again. Harry is going to be keen to put the disappointment of Euro 2016 behind him, and I can see the Tottenham number ten really hitting the ground running.

Here are a selection of Tottenham Hotspur special from bet365 for the upcoming premier League season.

Spurs to win the Premier League @ 9/1
Harry Kane Top Scorer @ 7/1
Kane Top Spurs Scorer @ 2/7
Kane Over 18.5 Premier League Goals @ 4/5
Spurs-Arsenal Premier League Forecast @ 50/1
Spurs to finish Top 4 @ 11/10
Spurs Top at Xmas @ 9/1
Spurs to win a major trophy @ 2/1
Spurs to go unbeaten in the Premier League @ 200/1
Spurs Top London Club @ 2/1
Spurs to finish above Arsenal @ 5/4

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Is the Premier League Title There for the Taking?

Is the Premier League Title There for the Taking?

It certainly was last season, and Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City took full advantage. For me, teams in the English top flight have forgotten the art of defending over the past few years, and the standard has definitely slipped. Although Manchester City made it to the semi final stages of the 2015/16 Champions League, the performances of English sides as a whole was very disappointing, and the previous year was even worse. This certainly supports the argument that top level English sides aren’t quite the force of years gone by, but it is a situation that makes for a much more interesting Premier League.

Last term, the dominance of the ‘big four’ finally came to an end, with both Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur securing places in the Champions League thanks to their performances over the course of the Premier League season. Chelsea and Manchester United have gone backwards over the course of the last twelve months and although both clubs have made moves to change that during the summer, including new high profile managers and a number of big name signings, there is no guarantee of instant results. The bookies believe that Utd are most likely to challenge for the title, with the odds compilers at bet365 putting Jose Mourinho’s men in as the 7/2 second favourites behind Manchester City who are the 9/4 market leaders. Mourinho didn’t have the best of times during his final months at Chelsea last season, and it will be interesting to see whether the Portuguese can hit the ground running at Old Trafford.

Tottenham are currently available at odds of 8/1, and I believe I’m right in saying that this is the shortest price Spurs have been prior to a Premier League season getting underway. Mauricio Pochettino’s side did capitulate once Leicester secured the 2015/16 crown, but Pochettino’s players will have definitely learnt from that experience and with two excellent additions to the Spurs squad with both Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen incoming, there is no reason why Tottenham can’t be competitive at the business end of the division once again. The Champions League schedule will likely take some getting used to, but is arguably easier on the players than the Europa League, with the matches taking place earlier in the week, meaning more recovery time prior to Premier League games.

Tottenham v Man City Preview

Tottenham v Man City Preview

The pick of the midweek fixtures is definitely the clash at White Hart Lane between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. Spurs sit seven points behind title chasing City but a victory for Tim Sherwood’s men would see them close that gap to just four and be hot on the heels of the Premier League leaders. Since the arrival of Tim Sherwood as manager, Tottenham have been in terrific form in the league and should come into this game full of confidence. The same can be said of City, who have been scoring for fun, especially at the Etihad Stadium.

Looking at the soccer odds for this match, the bookies make Manchester City favourites at around the even money mark, Tottenham are generally an 11/4 chance as is the draw. Spurs haven’t been quite the same side at home in recent times. White Hart Lane has always been a fortress but there were some disappointing results at home this season, with defeats against West Ham, Newcastle and Liverpool sealing the end of Andre Villas-Boas’ tenure. Under the guidance of Tim Sherwood, I’m hopefully that results will continue to improve on home soil and it could be that Manchester City are in for a tougher time than the betting odds suggest.

As far as the team news is concerned, Spurs don’t have any fresh injury concerns but City could be without Alvaro Negredo who is suffering from a shoulder injury. Edin Dzeko looks set to deputise in attack alongside Sergio Aguero. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won just once in their last ten trips to Tottenham and this is certainly a very positive stat for the home side. Spurs come into the game off a decent break having been knocked out the FA Cup at the first hurdle, and should be raring to go this Wednesday night. I fancy us to take at least a point here, and I would not be at all surprised if there are plenty of goals. I’ll go for a 3-3 thriller!

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur Preview

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur Preview

This weekend will see an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side travel to Wales to take on Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City. The Swans are arguably a better team than their recent results suggest but they are in need of some Premier League points to put a bit of distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Things are really tight at the foot of the table and there are only six points separating Hull in tenth spot and Crystal Palace at the bottom. It will make for an exciting climax to the season, but could also cause a side to get sucked into the battle unexpectedly.

It’s also tight at the top of the Premier League, particularly amongst the clubs that look to be in a battle for the fourth and final Champions League spot. A lot could change between now and the end of the campaign, but it would appear that Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and Man Utd going to be fighting for a European place rather than the title. Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal are beginning to draw clear of the chasing pack and I expect that trend to continue.

Considering an indifferent first half of the season for Spurs, the fact that they sit just eight points off top spot is pretty satisfying for me as a Tottenham fan. Although Tim Sherwood has seen his side get knocked out of both domestic cup competitions, they are unbeaten in the league thus far under his guidance. What may cost Tottenham when it comes to the Champions League places is their poor goal difference following a number of big defeats during the Andre Villas-Boas reign. Their last away game saw Spurs win at Old Trafford by two goals to one, a scoreline which Swansea also won by at Old Trafford in the FA Cup recently.

Spurs are favourites this weekend to continue their fine run of form under Tim Sherwood, according to sports bookmaker bwin. Tottenham can be backed at odds of 2.3, Swansea are priced at 3.1, while the draw is available at 3.2. While they are worthy favourites on recent form, I don’t think this will be a walkover for the away side and the draw looks the most likely result for me.

Arsenal v Spurs FA Cup 3rd Round Preview

Arsenal v Spurs FA Cup 3rd Round Preview

Tottenham travel to The Emirates this Saturday afternoon to face bitter rivals Arsenal in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. This match is certainly the pick of the round and as such has been moved to a 5:15pm kick off to accommodate the live coverage on itv. Most recently, the two sides met in the Premier League where the Gunners had home advantage and took the spoils by one goal to nil. It was quite a close encounter however and it will be interesting to see if the away side can put up an improved display under new manager Tim Sherwood.

Current Premier League leaders Arsenal come into this FA Cup tie off the back of a victory against Cardiff City in front of their home fans. Arsene Wenger’s side did make hard work of things and it was not until the 87th minute that substitute Nicklas Bendtner was able to break the deadlock with a right footed shot from close range. Arsenal sealed the victory with a Theo Walcott goal in injury time and maintained their position at the summit of the Premier League going into 2014. Although they have not looked particularly impressive in recent weeks, the Gunners have continued to get results and look to have a serious chance of winning their first trophy for several years during this campaign.

Since the arrival of Tim Sherwood as head coach of Tottenham Hotspur, things have definitely improved at White Hart Lane. The former youth coach has made a bright start to his top flight managerial career, with his Spurs side collecting ten points from a possible twelve. That haul included the excellent 2-1 victory over Manchester United on New Year’s Day. The Tottenham squad will definitely come into this match full of confidence and may well be able to claim a second famous win in the space of a week.

I’ll hold my hands up, Arsenal deserve credit for the football they have been playing and the results they have been producing during the current campaign. That being said, the Gunners do have an ever increasing injury list and the FA Cup is likely to be a fair way down their list of priorities this season. Tim Sherwood has begun brightly and could continue that run at the Emirates this Saturday. I see the draw as the most likely result, but Tottenham can be backed in the double chance market at odds of 19/20 with bet365, and I think that’s the best bet here. This means that if Tottenham win or draw the match, the bet will be a winning one!

Back Tottenham Double Chance @ 19/20 with bet365

Arsenal v Tottenham Betting (Prices from bet365)
Arsenal
17/20

Tottenham
3/1

Draw
13/5

Fulham v Tottenham Preview

Fulham v Tottenham Preview

Tottenham make the relatively short journey to Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening to face a Fulham side in serious trouble as they currently sit just three points off the bottom of the Premier League table. The Fulham hierarchy took the decision to part company with manager Martin Jol following the club’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham this past Saturday. Having already brought former Manchester United assistant Rene Meulensteen to the club, they had a ready-made replacement and will be hoping this talented coach can have an immediate impact.

Many sportsbooks like Bovada make the away side the favourites for this encounter, with Spurs on offer at a best price of 8/11. Fulham are on offer at as big as 5/1 in places which will definitely appeal to bet on sports in general punters, while the draw can be backed at 29/10. While the league table tells you that Tottenham are the worthy favourites for all three points, the Fulham squad are likely to be buoyed by the change in leadership and could well put up an improved display here. That being said, Spurs’ record on the road is quite impressive bar the 6-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City and their defence could well be able to contain the Fulham front line.

Former Tottenham hero Dimitar Berbatov will still be missing for Fulham so another former Tottenham man Darren Bent looks set to continue up front. It will be interesting to see how many changes Rene Meulensteen makes from the side Martin Jol was regularly putting out. Tottenham are still without Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen but will still be able to field a strong looking side. Both Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be pushing for starting berths having missed out at the weekend.

I don’t think this will be easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I fancy Spurs to get all three points, with 1-0 my favoured score line.