Manchester City vs Tottenham Champions League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Champions League Quarter Final Manchester City vs Tottenham
Manchester City vs Tottenham

Wednesday April 17th, 15:00

The second leg of the Champions League quarter finals take place this week with Tottenham Hotspur travelling up to Manchester with a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg, and Manchester City determined to get to only their second Champions League semi-final in their recent history.

Predictions

On paper this may seem like a good tie for City because it’s against a team they’re familiar with and it’s only a one goal deficit but it’ll prove to be much, much harder and a strong and smart Spurs team.

City will be favourites for this game and for good reason, seeing as they’ve only lost twice at home this season in all competitions – against Lyon in the Champions League and against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Spurs have only won once away from home in the Champions League this season, a 1-0 win against Dortmund in the last 16, having lost at Inter in the group stage and drawing against PSV and Barcelona.

City managed to get through their group containing Lyon, Hoffenheim and Donetsk and beat Schalke comprehensively in the last round 10-2 on aggregate.

Spurs haven’t won away from home in any competition since that 1-0 away at Dortmund in the last round of the Champions League, so this will need a strong performance if they’re to advance.

While City are favourites for this game – albeit marginally – it would be wise to either back a draw or a tight City win, maybe 2-0 to see them narrowly advance to the semifinals.

Betting Tips

City will fancy their chances for this one and will know that Spurs need just one goal to change the tie completely, so a quick goal followed by another one before half time to suffocate the away side into submission seems likely. It’ll be one of the smarter tips to back in this week’s Champions League fixtures as the top bookmakers certainly know what they think will happen.

Adversely, it wouldn’t be too big a shock if Spurs managed to go through to the semi-finals with a draw. Remember, an away goal for the London club would leave City needing to score three unanswered goals so maybe a 1-1 wouldn’t be out of the question if Spurs park the bus and frustrate City, maybe hitting them on the counter attack.

Statistics

Head to Head

In the long and storied history between these two, Spurs have 32 wins, City have 29 wins and 14 draws have been played out, with City scoring 109 goals and Spurs scoring 96 goals.

Stats

  • The first leg win for Spurs was their first win against City since 2016. That game in 2016 was the last Tottenham vs City match at White Hart Lane with an Aleksander
  • Kolarov own goal and Dele Alli scoring the goals for Spurs in a 2-0 win.
  • The top scorer in this fixture is Sergio Aguero – to the surprise of no one – with 10 goals with Jermain Defoe second on eight, Edin Dzeko on six and tied with Robbie Keane who’s also on six.
  • This is the first time that Spurs and City have faced off in European competition and just four other games in their history have been played outside of the First
  • Division/Premier League, including the 1981 FA Cup Final when Spurs beat City thanks to the famous Ricky Villa goal.
  • City have only lost once to Spurs at home since 2010, with that loss coming in the 2015/2016 season when a Christian Eriksen gave Spurs a 2-1 win.
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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