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Tottenham v Man City: Bale goal may not be enough to save Spurs

| 20.04.2013

Given the form of PFA Player of the Year nominee Gareth Bale this season, some punters will likely snap up the 2/1 odds about Tottenham beating Manchester City in light of his likely return to the Spurs fold.

Bale has been unavailable for the White Hart Lane outfit’s last two games, both of which ended with a 2-2 scoreline, and it is worth noting that the hosts haven’t won a match in which the winger didn’t score since New Years’ Day.

3/1 is the price that Bale finds the net at any time during a Spurs victory, but considering their recent record opposing City, even the return of their 22-goal leading scorer may not be enough to see the home side past their visitors.

Indeed, the Citizens have emerged triumphant in each of the past four meetings between this pair, and can be backed to claim a fifth consecutive victory at 13/10.

A further point of encouragement for City backers is the fact that they have emerged successful from eight of their last nine games in all competitions meanwhile, in comparison to a Tottenham side with only three wins in the same period.

As both teams found the net in seven of those Spurs games though, with that same scenario stemming from each of the Citizens’ last four wins over Tottenham, investment in an away triumph in which each side scores looks wise at 16/5.

And betting on the source of those goals may also prove a profitable avenue for punters to go down.

Bale is sure to prove a popular 6/4 shot to bag at any point during the 90 minutes, with 5/1 the price that he breaks the deadlock, and the same odds attributed to the possibility of him closing the scoring.

But after striking eight times in his past nine appearances in all competitions, it could be deemed surprising to see Carlos Tevez as a bigger-price 2/1 anytime scorer option.

It is also worth noting that of those eight goals, half were the first in matches, highlighting the appeal of the 6/1 odds about the Argentinian hitman opening the scoring here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee