City Face Test At Tottenham’s New Home
Manchester City have won the League Cup, play Watford in the final of the FA Cup and only have Liverpool to beat to win the Premier League. The quadruple is alive and kicking but the biggest challenge is winning the Champions League. Tonight’s quarter-final first leg match at Tottenham’s new stadium will be a huge test. This time last year City could not handle the welcome or atmosphere at Anfield and were soundly beaten by Liverpool 3-0 and could not overturn that result in the reverse match at the Etihad. MANCHESTER CITY are 9/4 with bet365 to win the Champions League.
City have only failed to win two of their last 23 matches and have won the last eight. Only Manchester United have won the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League in the same season (1998/99) but City can go one better by winning the lot. They have played eight times in the Champions League this season and those meetings have produced 34 goals. Tottenham have been impressive in the Champions League and their four forward threats are fit and ready. In a potentially high scoring match the best bet is BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at 8/13 with Coral.
In the other quarter-final match Liverpool are at home to Porto where they have not conceded in seven of their last nine matches in the Champions League. Liverpool are the shortest-priced favourite to progress to the last four and beat the same teams 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16 last season. They continue to win matches with late goals and Porto could be stubborn opponents tonight. Porto have the best defensive record in domestic football in Portugal and a narrow defeat tonight keeps them in then tie. LIVERPOOL TO WIN TO NIL looks interesting at 10/11 with bet365.
The richest race in Britain today is the Class 2 handicap over one mile and two furlongs at Pontefract (4.30). Dukhan will have the ground to suit but a five pounds hike in the weights after a win on his last start 164 days ago may be too much to handle. Central City is stepping up in grade but keeps on improving and could be ahead of the handicapper. However, AASHEQ is definitely well handicapped so is the more solid option and can be backed at 6/1 with Coral to win this race.