Goals galore in store as Manchester City visit Spurs
Talk of the quadruple for Manchester City might be a little premature, but the Blues are playing so well at the moment that it is not difficult to imagine them winning the domestic treble.
Unbeaten in all competitions since November 10th, City are 11/10 favourites with Coral to win the Premier League, while they are 100/30 market leaders to win the FA Cup following their fifth round home draw to Chelsea and 1/6 to beat Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final.
Spurs, unbeaten in the league in six games since Tim Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas, will represent a stiff test on paper for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but the visitors are strong favourites with Coral (evens) to return north with all three points. Tottenham are 11/4 and it’s 13/5 the draw.
City are all about scoring lots of goals and even on days when they concede a few, their response is simply to score more.
So when Championship side Watford had the audacity to take a 2-0 half-time lead in the FA Cup last Saturday, nobody was surprised when City replied with four in the second period.
Pellegrini appears to have man-managed his three strikers, Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko brilliantly and they have responded with 29 Premier League goals between them this campaign. And we should not forget Yaya Toure’s contribution. Apart from running the show in midfield, the Ivorian has weighed in with another 11 goals.
The biggest threat to City winning multiple trophies this season may be complacency. Three of their four Premier League defeats have been to teams they would have been expected to brush aside – Cardiff, Aston Villa and Sunderland – and there will surely be days when it just doesn’t happen for them in front of goal.
Tottenham are pushing hard for a Champions League spot again (5/2 with Coral) and they certainly look more solid now than when City thrashed them 6-0 at the Etihad in November and then when Liverpool took them apart 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
Sherwood insists that Spurs will play football on the front foot and certainly they have put in some eye-catching performances since he took over.
But you wonder whether discretion should be the better part of valour when it comes to playing City in their current mood.
Here’s hoping that both teams really go for it and that we see a hatful of goals – though if that’s the case, you would have to fancy City to outscore the hosts.
City to win 3-1 (14/1) or 3-2 (20/1) might be worth a bit of a punt.