Premier League Picks: Tottenham vs Man City Predictions

European soccer expert Alex Campean is back to preview Sunday's huge early season clash between Tottenham and Man City and provide his betting picks for the game
Alex Campean
Sat, August 14, 8:10 AM EDT

Tottenham vs. Manchester City Top Betting Picks and Predictions

No Kane No Gain

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There are many questions surrounding Tottenham’s transfer window action and Harry Kane’s future with Spurs. The hosts are confident on keeping hold of Kane, but he has been linked with a move to Man City all summer long. He only returned to training 8 days before the start of the season, and he will probably remain on the bench or out of the squad against City as his future remains in doubt.

Tottenham appointed former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager on a two-year contract which means a change in the defensive tactics, with a back three, a system he efficiently used with his former club, Wolves.

With the transfer window being in full swing, Spurs signed Bryan Gil from Sevilla with Erik Lamela heading in the opposite direction, with Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini joining from Atalanta. They're still looking for a central defender, a right-back and of course a striker in case Harry Kane will not remain at the club.

Son Heung-min remains the player to watch in case Kane will leave with the South Korea international signing a new long-term contract with the hosts.

Tottenham were very poor last term, and we expect their struggles to continue this season. They failed to qualify for the Champions League, and it will be very hard for them to finish in the top 4. Unfortunately, for their season opener they will be without Ryan Sessegnon with a hamstring injury. New signing Cristian Romero who played in the Copa America for Argentina hasn’t trained much with the squad and remains a doubt.

The Citizens ready to retain their title

The reigning champs have broken the Premier League transfer record spending $138m on Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. On top of that, they want Harry Kane from Tottenham as they look to add another quality striker to their squad after Sergio Aguero’s departure.

Their pre-season campaign was far from ideal. They lost the DA Community Shield final 1-0 to Leicester being without Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden, both injured. Both players, crucial figures for the Citizens, will miss the clash against Spurs.

Riyad Mahrez is the player to watch against Tottenham. His dribbling skill and explosion will probably pose the biggest threat. He has impressed in the pre-season, and he’s expected to bring his A game once again and remain consistent during the entire season. He has a great opportunity to improve his numbers this season.

We don’t expect City to dominate the league in the same way they did last year when they won the title by 12 points. Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool have all the necessary weapons to fight them and lift the trophy. That’s why it’s very important to start the season with a win which will offer them a boost of confidence.

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Tottenham vs. Manchester City Betting Picks

Tottenham enjoyed an unbeaten pre-season, keeping Chelsea to a 2-2 draw and beating Arsenal 1-0 in the process. Spurs’ new boss declared this week that Harry Kane may be available for this fixture, but we don’t know if he’s mentally prepared or if he will feature in the starting XI. That’s why it’s important to check the starting line-up before placing your bets.

On the other side, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling, who played an important role for their countries at Copa America and Euro 2020 respectively, trained fully with the squad and are ready to kick-off their Premier League campaign with a win.

Want to bet? Yes, Tottenham are unbeaten in the pre-season friendlies, but they have a new manager, they have some internal issues (Harry Kane) and their new transfers will not be available for this clash.

Man City are always dangerous, their attacking firepower is amazing, they can easily break down Tottenham’s back lines. As always, City will try to dominate the possession and make their opponents remain without energy in the 2nd half.

The price on an away win has no value. City should be able to win this game, but the real value is on the ‘total away goals’ market so we don’t care about the final outcome, we just need City to score twice and cash our ticket.

Top Betting Pick: Man City to score over 1.5 goals at -139 with Bet365

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