Any film fan will tell you that in the majority of cases the sequel is not as good as the original. That is likely to be the case as Manchester City and Tottenham lock horns once again, four days after their Champions League epic.
With City smarting from their exit at the hands of Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino’s men look set for a difficult afternoon in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.
Man City to won 3-1 @ 31/4
It has quickly been forgotten that Pep Guardiola’s men won the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final given that they went out on the away goal rule. The 4-3 success means they have now won their last 13 matches on home soil, while they have beaten Spurs in four of the last five encounters.
The north Londoners’ away form makes for frightening reading as well, losing six of the last seven. Pochettino is likely to field a patched-up team to boot with Moussa Sissoko the latest name to be added to a long injury list which features Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Harry Winks.
In contrast, Guardiola has plenty of options to freshen up his side with Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus having started on the bench on Wednesday. Spurs looked spent after their heroic effort in midweek and City should overwhelm them to gain a measure of revenge.
Bournemouth win & over 2.5 goals @ 23/20
Both Bournemouth and Fulham tasted victory last week with the Cherries dismantling Brighton 5-0 at the Amex Stadium. On the same day, Fulham ended a run of nine straight defeats as they surprised Everton at home.
The Cottagers now go on the road looking to improve on the two points they have collected all season on their travels. 13 of their 15 away defeats have come by a losing margin of over 1.5 goals and Bournemouth look capable of adding to that particularly tally.
Eddie Howe’s men have scored two or more in 13 of 21 competitive matches at home this season and with Callum Wilson having ended his mini-drought last week, they should enjoy their afternoon playing without any pressure having ended the lingering threat of relegation.
Wolves v Brighton – BTTS @ 5/4
Brighton are in freefall at the minute, four straight defeats without scoring leaving them two points above the relegation zone. They face a tricky run as well with Wolves one of two slightly easier games, at least on paper, left to play.
Wolves come into the game seemingly drifting towards the finish after their FA Cup dream was ended and were poor at Southampton last week. They tend to perform better at home and are 10/13 to get back to winning ways against the Seagulls.
With Brighton needing to go for it and Wolves having two clean sheets in the last 10 at Molineux, both teams to score looks a realistic outcome. The south coast outfit have only failed to net on their travels once in their last nine matches so should at least end their long wait for a goal, even if they don’t pick up the points they desperately need.
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