Premier League Betting Preview: Can Man City and Tottenham close the gap at the top against Brighton and Fulham?
Latest odds and preview ahead of tonight’s Premier League fixtures
Three Premier League wins in a row, and seven league matches unbeaten has catapulted Manchester City right back into this season’s title race.
Tottenham’s late fixture change means they’ll face London rivals Fulham, as Jose Mourinho’s side also look to keep pace with the teams at the top.
Defending champions Liverpool are not in mid-week action, meaning City and Spurs have the perfect opportunity to close the gap to the Reds to just a point, but can they make the most of it?
Ahead of the action, we’ve previewed both games in our Premier League Betting Preview…
A late goal from Callum Hudson-Odoi was the only blot on Manchester City’s copybook in their last Premier League match, with a scintillating first half performance helping them to a 3-1 win.
Comfortable 2-0 and 3-0 cup wins over Manchester United and Birmingham City have followed since, making it six wins in a row for the Cityzens.
Graham Potter’s Brighton have been going through a tough spell recently, needing penalties to beat Newport County in the FA Cup on Sunday and without a league win since November, sitting just three points above the drop zone in 17th.
Manchester City are odds-on at 2/11 to win, with Brighton 16/1 outsiders and the draw 6/1.
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus returned to the City side against Birmingham, with Ferran Torres set to return against Brighton. They’ll be without Sergio Aguero, who’s self-isolating, while Eric Garcia, Scott Carson and Cole Palmer are ruled out.
Raheem Sterling, Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte could play a part in the match, though they’ll all be waiting on late fitness checks, while Ederson should return to the starting XI.
Yves Bissouma misses out for Brighton through suspension, while Aaron Connolly, Jose Izquierdo, Florin Andone, Tariq Lamptey, Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana all take their place on the sidelines.
Jesus has led the line well this season, and he’s 7/2 joint favourite to score first, with Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne also available at that price. The Brazilian is also 21/20 to score anytime, with De Bruyne available at 23/20.
Neal Maupay is 11/1 to score first for Brighton, with the Frenchman 7/2 to add to his six league goals anytime. Pascal Gross is 6/1 to find the back of the net.
After a blip at the end of December, claiming two points from a potential 12, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham have rediscovered their form and are back in the hunt for a first Premier League title.
They’ve won their last three in all competitions, scoring 10 without reply in the process and sitjust four points below defending champions Liverpool.
Scott Parker’s Fulham are in a relegation battle this season, with 11 points from their opening 15 matches, but they’ve seen an upturn in form of late, drawing their last four league matches, while seeing off Championship side QPR to make it into the FA Cup fourth round.
Tottenham are 2/5 favourite for three points, with Fulham available at 7/1 and the draw priced up at 15/4.
Spurs only guaranteed absentee is Giovanni Lo Celso, who remains sidelined with a muscle injury he suffered against Leicester in December. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg picked up a nasty shin injury against Brentford last week but should be fit enough to start.
After a Covid outbreak tore through the Fulham camp in December, Scott Parker now has a full bill of health in his squad.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have 22 league goals between them so far this season, nine more than the entire Fulham squad have managed. Kane is the 12/5 favourite to score first, with Son available at 5/2 to break the deadlock. They’re 8/11 and 4/5 to score anytime respectively.
Carlos Vinicius scored a hat-trick against non-league Marine in the FA Cup, and he’s even-money to follow it up with a goal anytime.
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Bobby De Cordova-Reid are Fulham’s biggest threats, and they’re both 9/1 to open the scoring, with the Serbian forward 16/5 to score anytime. Ademola Lookman is 7/2 to score during the 90 minutes.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.