Defending Champs Head to Tottenham
Manchester City won the treble last season and their hopes of repeating are still alive heading into Friday. To kick off the weekend, City head to Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round. Spurs have been Man City’s kryptonite over the last few seasons and it remains to be seen whether that’ll continue on Friday. For an FA Cup blockbuster, we’ll run through the Tottenham vs. Man City lines and preview the match.
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
Streaming: Live Sports Stream
Tottenham and Manchester City have contested eight previous FA Cup fixtures. The record is identical, at three wins apiece and two draws. However, this is the first FA Cup meeting for almost 20 years. Back in December, these sides drew 3-3 in a highly entertaining Premier League match. The pre match Tottenham vs Man City lines priced a draw at +500 odds. Notably, Tottenham have lost just one of their last five matches vs. Man City and three of their last ten. Spurs are 5-2-3 in the last ten meetings, in all competitions.
Tottenham Getting by Without Son
Tottenham have scored in each of the 23 matches they’ve played this season, in all competitions. They last played at Manchester United on January 14th and the match finished 2-2. Spurs fell behind twice and managed to pick up two equalizers through Richarlison and Rodrigo Bentancur. Tottenham have gone unbeaten in their last two matches, even with Son Heung-Min away at the AFC Asian Cup.
Son is Spurs’ captain and leading scorer and Ange Postecoglou will certainly look forward to his return. Tottenham recently signed forward Timo Werner to make Son’s departure sting less and he provided an assist on his debut. Spurs also recently brought in promising center back Radu Dragusin from Genoa.
Until Son gets back, Postecoglou figures to rely on Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski for scoring. The projected scores and odds certainly reflect Son’s absence as Spurs are +365 underdogs for this match. Pape Sarr and Yves Bissouma are also away on international duty. Meanwhile, Ben Davies, Giovanni Lo Celso and James Maddison are injured.
De Bruyne Impresses on Man City Return
Manchester City were last in action a couple of weekends ago at Newcastle in the Premier League. Bernardo Silva scored an outrageous backheeled goal to give City a lead but they fell behind 2-1 in the first half. Kevin de Bruyne scored his first goal of the season to equalize and he set up Oscar Bobb’s stoppage time winner in the 3-2 victory. De Bruyne is already proving his worth, just two games into his injury return.
The Belgian superstar has scored a goal and provided two assists in his last couple of matches and will help with City’s title push. Bobb’s goal was his first in the Premier League and it was an incredibly timely one. Last season, City got excellent FA Cup results and ended up defeating Manchester United in the final. This time around, they kicked off their campaign with a 5-0 victory over Huddersfield in the third round.
Like Tottenham, Man City also have a key player out. Erling Haaland is still dealing with a foot injury and he hasn’t played for over a month. Meanwhile, Manuel Akanji is listed as doubtful but John Stones and Ederson could return to action here. Regardless, Man City have a deep squad and Pep Guardiola can trot out Julian Alvarez in place of Haaland. It remains to be seen whether De Bruyne will make just his second start of the season here.
Match Analysis & Odds
Since losing three games in a row at home, Tottenham have won their last four matches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in all competitions. While Spurs have scored in every match they’ve played this season, Man City have scored at least twice in each of their last seven matches. With De Bruyne back into the fold, City are a much more dangerous team. Phil Foden stepped up in the Belgian’s absence and he’s one to watch here as well.
Currently, the Tottenham vs Man City lines price Spurs as +385 underdogs and visitors City as -165 favorites. Manchester City haven’t won at Tottenham for over five years, though. A draw, which would result in a replay in Manchester, sits at +330 odds.
Tottenham +1 shows -120 odds as Son’s absence is expected to hurt them more than Haaland’s for City. Man City -1 comes in at -110 odds and they’ve won their last four away matches. Those matches have averaged over four goals but under 3, 3.5 goals is priced at -125 odds.