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Man City v Spurs: Mancini’s men to rediscover winning home form

| 21.01.2012

Manchester City’s formidable home form may have weakened of late but they can bounce back to winning ways against Tottenham and arguably eliminate Spurs from the Premier League title picture.

Roberto Mancini’s men are still 100 per cent at the Etihad Stadium in the top flight this season, but have been beaten at home in both the FA Cup and Carling Cup in recent weeks.

But with the Premier League being their number-one priority, 10/11 looks too much of a big price on a Manchester City victory.

However, Tottenham’s odds of 16/5 will be popular with many punters, given their own pleasing form and the current wobble being endured by the hosts.

Revenge will be fresh on the mind of Harry Redknapp after Spurs lost 5-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign and they have lost just one of their last nine Premier League away games.

It is 9/4 that the game ends all square and this could be worthy of consideration with Tottenham knowing that this is a result that will keep them in the title race.

Meanwhile, there are some grounds to believe that the outcome may finish 1-1, which can be backed at 13/2.

Manchester City have not let in more than one in their last 17 home games, while Spurs have kept just a single clean sheet in their last nine Premier League away fixtures.

Alternatively, these two facts may be interpreted towards Manchester City winning to nil and this is available at 12/5, especially as Emmanuel Adebayor is unable to play for Spurs because of the conditions of his loan agreement.

Mario Balotelli is expected to return after missing the recent victory over Wigan because of injury and is becoming consistent at scoring in important games.

He is 11/2 to score first and 13/8 to net at any point inside the 90 minutes.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.