Manchester City - Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Back goals galore when these two meet

Both sides failed to hit the net last weekend but Willie Duncan is anticipating plenty of goals when Roberto Mancini's men welcome Andre Villas-Boas' side to Etihad Stadium
Both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur dropped points in the Premier League last weekend and there is no doubt that both clubs will be looking to make amends when they meet for what promises to be a thrilling clash at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Roberto Mancini’s side are chalked up as hot favourites to get their title challenge back on track this weekend, and they can be backed at 6/10 (1.60) with William Hill to claim all three points on Sunday.

Andre Villas-Boas’ men will have different ideas, and, having won at Old Trafford earlier in the season, Spurs will be looking to complete a famous away double over the Manchester clubs.

The visitors can be backed at 18/5 (4.60) with William Hill to spring a surprise here while the same firm offer odds of 13/5 (3.60) that the match ends in a draw.

William Hill’s 'headline offer' of 2/1 (3.0) for Sergio Aguero to score at any time in a Manchester City victory is sure to prove popular with punters.

However, Spurs fans and value hunters might be more inclined to take the 12/1 (13.0) quote from the same firm that Gareth Bale nets at any time in what would be a famous victory for the visitors.

Neither side managed to hit the net last weekend but that trend is unlikely to continue here given that, prior to the 0-0 draw with West Ham, Manchester City had netted in each of their previous 19 competitive matches while Spurs drew a blank in the Premier League for the first time since losing to Queens Park Rangers back in April.

Therefore, the 13/20 (1.65) on offer from William Hill for both teams to score looks certain to pay dividends while the same firm offer a juicy 13/8 (2.65) that the match features four or more goals – a scenario which was realised in both meetings between the sides last season.

Mario Balotelli is available at 11/2 (6.50) with William Hill to score first against Spurs on Sunday while Argentine duo Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez are both available at 4/1 (5.0) to bag the opener with the same firm.

Jermain Defoe smashed a hat-trick in Spurs' victory over Maribor in midweek and he can be backed at 15/2 (8.50) with William Hill to score first but, more appealing is the chunky 7/1 (8.0) quote for Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen to score at any time.

Vertonghen poses a real physical threat and will fancy his chances of netting his second goal of the season this weekend having seen City’s defensive deficiencies at set plays ruthlessly exposed at Etihad Stadium by Ajax in midweek.

This match should be laden with goals and the 13/8 (2.65) on offer from William Hill for four or more goals to be scored is worthy of support here while Belgian star Vertonghen is the value selection at 7/1 (8.0) with the same firm to hit the net at any time.

Over 3.5 goals at 13/8 (2.65) with William Hill
Jan Vertonghen to score at any time at 7/1 (8.0) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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