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Spurs have some catching up to do in the race for Champions League qualification, and Al Hain-Cole expects an open game to reap plenty of goals against Roberto Mancini's men

After a period of Premier League inactivity saw them slip behind Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification, Tottenham will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they face Manchester City on Sunday.

Andre Villas-Boas’ men have not been in action since crashing out of the Europa League on penalties in Basel, and will be anxious to bounce back from that disappointment with a positive result against the champions.

However, Spurs have lost each of their last four games against Roberto Mancini’s men, and are outsiders at 21/10 (3.10) with Bet365 to emerge victorious this time.

The guests will have happy memories of their last visit to White Hart Lane, when they ran out 5-1 winners, and are favourites at 5/4 (2.25) to come out on top once again.

The hosts have drawn their last two games on home turf, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on this one finishing all square.

This fixture is starting to earn a reputation for one of the Premier League’s most entertaining encounters, with both of the last two having been decided by dramatic late goals at the Etihad.

Goalmouth action is unlikely to be in short supply at White Hart Lane, where Spurs have had little trouble in finding the back of the net this season.

A bet on over 2.5 goals would have paid out in 12 of Tottenham’s last 16 home games, as well as City’s last two away from home, and therefore seems to provide excellent value at 17/20 (1.85) to pay out for the fourth consecutive meeting between these sides.

Sergio Aguero was taken off at half-time during Wednesday’s win over Wigan with a hamstring injury, and looks unlikely to start on Sunday.

However, Mancini has the perfect ace up his sleeve to replace the Argentine in the shape of Edin Dzeko, who has scored five goals in his last three games against this opposition.

With a record like that, the Bosnia international is well worth backing at 15/8 (2.88) to hit the back of the net in North London.

BET
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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Over 2.5 goals at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365
Edin Dzeko to score anytime at 15/8 (2.88) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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