//Spurs’ Euro mettle to be tested at Etihad

Spurs’ Euro mettle to be tested at Etihad

Tottenham will face a nervous examination of their Champions League credentials when they go to Manchester City on Wednesday attempting to defend a narrow 1-0 first-leg lead.

Spurs caught the Premier League champions out last week as Son Heung-min’s goal gave them the win at their brand new stadium but they’re likely to face a barrage in the return game as Pep Guardiola’s men aim to keep their quadruple hopes alive.

The two English sides already know each other very well but this meeting is the second of three between them as they also go head-to-head in the league on Saturday in what could be a pivotal clash in the title race.

However, for now, the focus is Europe and Mauricio Pochettino will hope his side hold their nerve and make it into the last four for the first time. The visitors, who are available at 9/1 to win the second leg, have plenty of injury worries as Fernando Llorento and Dele Alli will both undergo late fitness tests, while Harry Kane is set to miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury he sustained in the first leg. Serge Aurier, Eric Dier and Erik Lamela are all still out injured.

City will be backed by many to render the first-leg defeat irrelevant with a convincing second-leg success at home. They are available at a best-price 2/7 to win the second leg and have been boosted in the build-up to the game as both Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero have been passed fit. Guardiola has virtually a fully-fit squad to choose from with only Oleksandr Zinchenko unavailable.

With what’s at stake, expect goals at the Etihad and both teams to score at 5/6 looks likely, while braver punters may be tempted by odds of 6/5 on there being over 3.5 goals.