Soccer Picks & Tips for Tottenham vs. Manchester City

Nila Amerova

Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:50 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 3:50 PM GMT

Tottenham and Manchester City are set to collide in a pivotal clash in week 23 EPL betting. Sportsbooks have gone to press with early soccer betting odds so join us as we break them down and serve up soccer free picks for your consideration.

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Man City Flying High

Manchester City are flying high underscoring their eminence as sports betting favourites to win the Premier League title this season at +100 at Bet365. They are unbeaten since a sketchy 1-0 defeat away to Sunderland early in November, reeling off a run of 18 games unbeaten across all competitions comprised of 16 wins and two draws. The only teams to take points off Man City during this formidable stretch were Blackburn Rovers in FA Cup and Southampton in Premier League.

Predictably, Man City loom as the favourites to win outright at White Hart Lane, albeit on the short side of even money at +105 soccer odds. Earlier this season, when road form was worrisome, Man City would not have been so fancied. But since the 1-0 defeat to Sunderland they’ve tightened up their game away from Etihad to go 7-2-0 and that has sportsbooks finally buying what they are selling.

Most notably, they beat Bayern Munich 3-2 at Allianz Arena – a gauntlet throwing victory that proved Man City were beyond just the moral victories against the established order in European football. They have loftier ambitions and are prepared to back them up.

This doesn’t mean that the Spurs are going to be pushovers. On the contrary, since Tim Sherwood took over the management position, the Spurs are enjoying a renaissance, going 5-1-2 across all competitions, 5-1-0 in Premier League. Granted, sportsbooks are listing the Spurs as the large +240 underdogs to win at home but that smacks disingenuous in the face of their solid form and high confidence.

Crucially, the Spurs have only suffered three defeats at White Hart Lane this season, though, none under Tim Sherwood. Under their new manager they are undefeated and have magically found their offensive game; they’ve scored 14 goals in six games compared to a 15 goals in 16 games under AVB.

Overall, Tottenham Hotspur are sat inside the elite six, in fifth place with a 13-4-5 but level on 43 points with fourth-placed Liverpool. Seven points separate them from second-placed Man City (16-2-4) and they are listed as the +240 soccer pick to finish Top 4 and the -300 soccer pick to finish Top 6.

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Tottenham vs. Man City Match Betting Tips and Picks

Markets are backing Man City for the away win, albeit somewhat softly with +105 soccer odds to win outright. Still taking Man City as your soccer pick is a sound option because they’ve tidied up their away form and have been nigh flawless since November. You could do no worse than backing the Citizens to win.

The thing is, though, Spurs are better than the markets would have you believe. It seems unjustifiable that they are so blatantly underrated in this match. What’s more, the stakes are high for both teams: Man City have their sights set on top spot while Spurs are looking to overtake Liverpool in the table. This game could be pivotal towards either end. For that reason we feel this game is more wide open than the markets suggest, up for grabs by either side. Thus, Spurs beating Man City becomes a probable outcome, worth considering as your value soccer pick at +240 soccer odds at Bet365.

Free Soccer Picks: Tottenham Spurs to win outright; Over 2.5 -167

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