Man City vs Arsenal – Carabao Cup Final Betting Tips
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14 February 2016 was a big day for Tottenham Hotspur. The North London club were chasing Leicester in the hunt for the Premier League title but had a daunting trip to play Manchester City away. In a game that was billed as a test to see whether or not Spurs could hack the pace, Mauricio Pochettino’s men passed with flying colours.
That 2-1 win signalled a shift in mindset at Tottenham. Although they were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts to win the title, the win proved that Spurs were very much in the conversation.
As Pochettino prepares to take his team to the Etihad Stadium once again, it is Man City who are in the driving seat when it comes to the title. The Citizens passed their own big test with a big 2-1 win away from home last weekend in the Manchester derby and while their post-match celebrations didn’t go down well with Jose Mourinho, they painted the picture of a team who know that the title is theirs to lose.
The only hope for Man Utd and the rest of the chasing pack is that Man City somehow lose form. That looks unlikely given the levels of confidence and quality in the squad and Guardiola’s men are the clear favourites with the bookies to secure yet another win early on Saturday evening.
Man City 8/15 (Ladbrokes)
Draw 10/3 (Bet365)
Tottenham 5/1 (William Hill)
(Please note all odds shown are correct at time of article publishing)
Man City have been so strong so far this season that they were the favourites to beat Man Utd last weekend. You’ll have to wait a long time for the next time that Man Utd are underdogs to win at Old Trafford but the Citizens justified their favouritism with a huge, if scrappy, win.
There was more than a whiff of fortune about the way City scored but of their goals but only the most blinkered of Man Utd fans would argue that Guardiola’s men were not the dominant team in the match. Equally, nobody can argue against Man City being the dominant side in the Premier League and it really does look a matter of when not if they’ll wrap up the title.
While City are playing better than ever, Tottenham have taken a step backwards this season. It was always going to be hard for Spurs given that they are playing at Wembley Stadium for a year but their away form hasn’t been up to the standards of recent years.
Tottenham have already lost three league games on their travels. We think Spurs will be able to take advantage of the absence of Bernard Mendy and John Stones in the Man City defence better than Man Utd and expect the away team to at least score. However, anything other than a home win would be a surprise so back Man City to win and both teams to score at 9/5 with Ladbrokes.
Man City 2-1 @ 8/1 (Bet365)
Draw 1-1 @ 17/2 (Betfred)
Man City 2-0 @ 9/1 (Bet365)
Man City 1-0 @ 10/1 (William Hill)
Man City 3-1 @ 11/1 (Bet365)
Man City 3-0 @ 12/1 (Bet365)
If you’re looking for a bigger payout from a game in which Man City win and both teams find the net, the Correct Score market is the place to turn. Earlier on in the season it was a mug’s game trying to predict how many goals City would score given the free-flowing nature of their football. However, they’ve slowed down a little on the goalscoring front as several teams have decided to sit deep and defend in numbers against them.
Spurs won’t park the bus – it’s not Pochettino’s style – but they will make Man City work for their goals. Still, we think the scoreline will look comfortable come the final whistle so the 11/1 Bet365 are quoting about Man City winning 3-1 looks a good option.
Gabriel Jesus 10/3 (Bet365)
Sergio Aguero 10/3 (Bet365)
Leroy Sane 5/1 (William Hill)
Raheem Sterling 6/1 (Bet365)
Bernardo Silva 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Harry Kane 13/2 (Boylesports)
Fernando Llorente 9/1 (Boylesports)
Kevin De Bruyne 11/1 (Bet365)
One of the main problems Guardiola has this season is keeping his highly talented squad happy. He can only play a maximum of 14 players each game and his biggest selection headache is up front. Guardiola prefers to play with just one striker and generally likes starting Gabriel Jesus because of the extra workrate he gets through compared to Sergio Aguero. But, how can anybody leave a player of Aguero’s quality on the sidelines?
While Guardiola has a choice to make between those two against Spurs, there’s little doubt he will start with Leroy Sane down the left wing. The way the German sits very wide and very high up the pitch will cause the Tottenham back three all sorts of problems. He’s deadly when cutting in with the ball so we recommend backing Sane to score first at 5/1 with William Hill.
Man City to win and both teams to score at 9/5 with Ladbrokes
Leroy Sane to score first at 5/1 with William Hill