Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City

, KO: 20:00 Apr 9, 2019, White Hart Lane
Manchester City

MANCHESTER CITY'S quest for an unprecedented Quadruple rumbles on after they edged past Brighton to reach the FA Cup Final.

That Pep Guardiola's men remain in the hunt for a clean sweep at home and abroad speaks volumes for the squad the Catalan has assembled at the Etihad.

There's a sense City have been playing within themselves in recent games, conserving energy for the bigger challenge that awaits them against Spurs in the Champions League.

In the Premier League against Fulham and Cardiff, they coasted into 2-0 leads before taking their foot of the gas, much to my frustration as I tipped them for three-goal wins in both games.

And after taking an early lead against Brighton at Wembley on Saturday, they also failed to add to their lead, although another clean sheet made sure they got the job done.

Much has been made of City's swashbuckling style under Guardiola but their defence has also been in fine form, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five games.

And they also kept Tottenham at bay in their only other meeting this season, winning 1-0 at Wembley thanks to an early Riyad Mahrez goal.

If they manage to shut out Spurs again at their shiny new stadium, which is 7/4 with Bet365, you suspect City will have one foot in the Champions League semis as Guardiola's side are always a safe bet to score.

They have failed to net in just three games all season – twice against Chelsea and once against Liverpool – so you can see why Guardiola's men are as short as 1/7 with Betfred to score here.

Of the two trophies they need to complete the Quadruple, the European Cup will be the most difficult for City to capture.

They bowed out last season in an all-English quarter-final against Liverpool and there's a chance Spurs could repeat the trick.

The bookies can't see it, making City 2/9 favourites to qualify with Tottenham as big as 7/2, even though Mauricio Pochettino's side have saved some of their best performances for Europe this season and thrashed Dortmund in the last round.

The effect of their new ground can't be underestimated and a full-house could inspire the Spurs players to greater heights. Tottenham will also be fresher due to City's punishing schedule and I think that could just give them the edge in the first leg.

They are as big as 67/20 with Marathonbet to win at home and that looks great value while doubling it with both teams to score increases the odds to a huge 6/1 with Bet365.

First legs at this stage of European competitions can often be a be cagey so I'm backing the second period to be the highest-scoring half at 27/25 with Marathonbet.

Both teams should be able to field their strongest sides, with City's Sergio Aguero the only big-name player in doubt due to injury.

Gabriel Jesus will start up front again if the Argentine doesn't make it but there's not much value to be found on both City strikers or Spurs talisman Harry Kane in the anytime scorer market. Instead, try backing City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who is 19/5 with Unibet to find the net.

This match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will be played on Apr 9, 2019 and kick off at 20:00

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City Betting Tips & Predictions
Tottenham to win first leg
67/20
Marathonbet
Second half highest-scoring half
27/25
Marathonbet
Kevin De Bruyne anytime scorer
19/5
UniBet

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