Sam Hendry with the weekend’s best football bets
Mauricio Pochettino has faced criticism for a record of only one win in 17 away games against top six opposition as Tottenham boss and they face a daunting task in improving that stat with a trip to Manchester on Saturday evening.
Inconsistency has been a problem this campaign and why they find themselves battling Liverpool and Arsenal for the final Champions League spot rather than challenging the Manchester clubs at the top.
Even if Spurs had been performing at the level of last season, it’s still unlikely they’d have been able to keep up with Pep Guardiola’s winning machine, who have so far had an answer for every question that has been asked of them, showing themselves capable of taking down multiple different styles.
They are well past the point of relying on Sergio Aguero for goals with contributions coming from all over the park and are functioning perfectly despite a defence missing three crucial parts in John Stones, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy.
Ultimately, I can see Spurs putting up a better fight than most sides before succumbing to the superior quality that City possess. City to win and both teams to score at odds of 7/4 with Boylesports is my tip.
Everton have won four out of their five games since then news broke of Sam Allardyce’s appointment, conceding just one goal in the process.
And they will be confident of continuing that form against Swansea at Goodison Park on Monday night.
Their opponents have slipped to the bottom of the table and have netted only nine times in their seventeen league games thus far.
The bottom half is so congested that the Swans are only six points behind Southampton in 11th but the impression is that they will need some excellent transfer work in January to dig themselves out of this hole and until we get there I can see their struggles continuing.
Everton can continue their recovery with a 2-0 win here which is available at odds of 13/2 with William Hill