Tottenham down to 11/1 from 25/1 to win the Champions League

Tottenham down to 11/1 from 25/1 to win the Champions League

Tottenham Champions League winner odds cut after beating Man City

Tottenham Hotspur upset the odds in their Champions League quarter-final first leg match against Manchester City.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men started the game as 3/1 outsiders to win, but managed to claim a narrow 1-0 advantage thanks to a second half goal from Son Heung-min. In truth the London side were the better side throughout the 90 minutes, playing with much more energy and purpose than Pep Guardiola’s side and they deserve to take a lead to the Etihad.

The win has seen bookmakers re-think their odds for the UEFA Champions League outright. They have all now slashed the odds on Spurs to win the competition, with Sky Bet now offering a price of 11/1 which is down from 25/1 pre-match.

It has been a good season for English clubs in Europe, and particularly in the Champions League. All four of Spurs, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool are still in the competition and because of that the nationality which is favourite to win this season’s competition is indeed English.

Both City and Spurs will believe that it can be them who brings the trophy back to England, but it is certainly advantage Spurs after not only winning put also stopping their opponents from scoring an away goal.

How will Spurs cope without Harry Kane?

The only sour note from their 1-0 win against Manchester City was the injury sustained by their talismanic striker Harry Kane. He went into a challenge with his England international colleague Fabian Delph but came out of it worse off, with his ankle appearing to buckle leading to him coming straight off the pitch.

It was the same ankle which he injured earlier in the season which forced him to miss several games, which will be a major concern. Whilst Pochettino is yet to put a definite timescale on how long he will be out for, he didn’t sound too optimistic in his post-match interview.

“We are going to miss him – maybe for the rest of the season. We hope it is not a big issue but there is not to much time to recover. He twisted his ankle so we will see how it reacts in a few hours,” said Pochettino.

Ultimately this will lead to the question, can they cope without their star striker? There is no doubting just how crucial Kane is to the Tottenham cause, indeed he has scored 23 goals in 38 appearances this season which makes him their top goalscorer.

That said, they didn’t actually do too badly when he was injured the first time around. They won all four Premier League matches whilst he was absent, whilst also securing a 3-0 first leg lead against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Interesting they also have a better win percentage when the England striker is not involved. When Kane hasn’t played this season Spurs have won 67% of their matches, as opposed to the 61% they have won with him in the team.

So whilst it is a blow, they do appear to manage without him. Son in particular has stepped up to the plate each time Kane has been absent, scoring in all three Premier League games he played in whilst the England captain was out. Can the South Korean lead the line again and shoulder the goalscoring responsibility?

Harry Kane Tottenham

Harry Kane could be out for the rest of the 2018/19 season due to injury.

Odds suggest Manchester City still favourites to progress

Despite being behind in the tie, the bookmakers still believe that Manchester City have enough to get themselves through and into the semi-finals. So much so that they remain odds-on to qualify with each bookie, bet365 currently offer the best price at 7/10.

You would have to say that those odds are fair, given that City have scored more than one goal in 20 of their last 21 matches at the Etihad in all competitions. They also beat Tottenham 4-1 the last time the two met in Manchester which will also give them plenty of confidence going into the second leg.

As for Spurs they are best priced at 13/10 to qualify with BetVictor, indicating that bookmakers think that the tie is far from over and there is still plenty of work for them to do. What they must avoid is a repeat of their EFL Cup semi-final, where they led Chelsea 1-0 after their home leg before ultimately going out after losing on penalties at Stamford Bridge.

City also remain up there with the favourites to win the tournament despite being behind in the tie. There is currently little to choose between four clubs in the odds, with Barcelona and Juventus narrow favourites at 3/1 but City are just behind them at 10/3 alongside Liverpool – all with Sky Bet.

Champions League winner odds:

(All odds taken from Sky Bet)

FC Barcelona – 3/1

Juventus – 3/1

Manchester City – 10/3

Liverpool – 10/3

Tottenham Hotspur – 11/1

Manchester United – 16/1

Ajax – 33/1

Porto – 250/1