- Tottenham to win & under 3.5 goals scored + Man City to win with both teams to score - 7/1 with BetVictor
Tottenham vs Leicester Betting Tips
Debate continues to rage over whether or not Tottenham are in the title race, but there is no doubt that being just five points off the top at this stage of the season represents a fantastic piece of work from Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs are the only team in Premier League history to go an entire season without making any signings, while issues with the new stadium delay and a glut of injuries have posed further challenges this term.
Yet as the business end of the campaign approaches, the north Londoners find themselves in a fantastic position.
Perhaps part of the reluctance to declare Tottenham as genuine challengers stems from the fact that results have often outstripped performances this season.
A glance at the Expected Goals (xG) figures would appear to bear that out: Spurs rank fourth in the division for the quality of the chances they have created, while in xG terms their defence has only been the fifth best.
Nevertheless, Pochettino’s men deserve credit for the resilience and doggedness they have shown in recent weeks, as evidenced by the late winners they have scored in each of their last three matches against Fulham, Watford and Newcastle United.
With that in mind, odds of 4/1 (BetVictor) on a draw at half-time and a Tottenham win at full-time look tempting for this weekend’s clash with Leicester City.
Claude Puel remains under pressure following last Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester United, although the Foxes were unfortunate to leave the King Power Stadium empty-handed after controlling much of the second half.
Although Puel has attempted to evolve Leicester into more of a possession-based team, they remain most dangerous when able to play on the counter-attack – which helps to explain their superb return of seven points from meetings with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the last couple of months.
Jamie Vardy has a particularly good record against the big six – 28 in 51 appearances – and is 12/5 (Unibet) to score anytime at Wembley.
It is notable that goals have been at a premium in most of these sides’ recent games, so go for a home win and under 3.5 in Sunday’s early kick-off (6/4 with Coral).
TIP: Tottenham to win and under 3.5 goals
Manchester City vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Having faced the prospect of falling seven points behind Liverpool just over a week ago, Manchester City head into this weekend’s round of fixtures sitting pretty at the summit of the standings once again.
They may well have relinquished top spot by the time their clash with Chelsea kicks off on Sunday afternoon – Liverpool play a day earlier against Bournemouth – but Pep Guardiola’s side certainly find themselves in a better position than they would have imagined in the immediate aftermath of their recent loss to Newcastle United.
City were not at their best in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat of Everton, but winning ugly is a trait which has been long associated with title-winning teams.
Guardiola was right to point out that his side were extremely solid at Goodison Park, where the hosts barely created a chance of note, but we can expect more of an attacking flourish in front of their own fans this weekend.
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The champions have scored three goals or more in seven of their last nine Premier League encounters at the Etihad Stadium and are available at 8/5 (Coral) to do so again here.
Chelsea will hope that last weekend’s 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town proves to be a turning point in their season, even if the quality of the opposition must be taken into account in the analysis.
The Blues certainly looked like a much stronger prospect with Gonzalo Higuain leading the line, and in a strange way playing away at City may actually suit them – the likes of Eden Hazard and either Pedro Rodriguez or Willian have the speed to thrive on the counter-attack, and they will not face the challenge of breaking down a deep defence.
With Higuain presumably full of confidence after his brace against Huddersfield last time out, Chelsea will fancy their chances of finding the net at the Etihad – something Arsenal, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Everton have all managed in the last couple of months.
Coming away with all three points is another matter entirely, however, and the wise money is on City to emerge triumphant. Back the hosts to win and both teams to score (2/1 with Ladbrokes).
TIP: Manchester City to win and both teams to score