Tottenham will be looking to mark their first Champions League tie at their new stadium with a win, but might have to settle for a draw against Manchester City in Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side made the ideal start in their fantastic new £1billion home when seeing off Crystal Palace in the Premier League last Wednesday, before enjoying the weekend off as the FA Cup semi-final matches left them without a fixture.
City continued their quest to claim an unprecedented quadruple, which they are 9/2 to achieve, as they edged out Brighton 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s Citizens are a best-price 10/11 to win Tuesday’s clash in north London and that is not surprising given that they have won 21 of their 23 fixtures since Boxing Day and claimed 11 wins from the last 16 head-to-heads with Spurs, who have won four with just a solitary draw.
Sergio Aguero, who is 5/4 to be an anytime goalscorer, is expected to be fit for the first leg which will give the visitors a big lift as they look to secure a good result to take to the Etihad Stadium for the return fixture.
However, this situation is unique given that the sides have never played in European competition before, while they have obviously never met at Tottenham’s new stadium which could give Mauricio Pochettino’s men an extra edge.
The fact Spurs have also enjoyed more preparation time could work in their favour and the added pressure on City to end their wait for European glory could also weigh heavily on the players who crashed out against Premier League opposition in the shape of Liverpool at the same stage 12 months ago.
There has only been one draw between these sides in the last 16 meetings, but City might just be happy to take that outcome at 29/10 to try and then get the job done on home soil in the second leg.