Breaking Bets: Man City and Spurs set for more penalties

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It was the first time four penalties had been given in the same Premier League match since 2000 when Bradford and Derby played out a bumper 4-4 draw at Valley Parade, but the scenes at the Etihad at the weekend could be a sign of things to come.

Manchester City were the main benefactors of Jon Moss’s penchant for awarding spot-kicks after receiving three decisions in their favour, in comparison to Tottenham’s sole chance from 12 yards.

With trips to West Ham and Newcastle respectively up next for the two sides, Ladbrokes believe more opportunities from the spot could be on the way.

As part of the bookmaker’s Breaking Bets series, it is a 25/1 shot that City and Spurs both receive another penalty at the weekend.

And as far as the Citizens go, decisions going for them in the box is far from a new phenomenon.

Just once in the last five seasons have the blue half of Manchester been out of the top five in the ‘Penalties Received’ Premier League table, and after Saturday’s efforts sit top of the pile this time round.

Also in this bet’s favour is West Ham’s record of fouling in the area. Last season, the Hammers had six penalties go against them, with only two other sides being penalised more.

The real stumbling block for this bet could be Tottenham, although there is encouragement that suggests the 25/1 is well worth taking a chance on.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were receiving only their first spot-kick of the campaign at the weekend, but have been showing more willingness to get into the positions that could well result in a foul.

Erik Lamela has begun to show the promise he had when he arrived at the club in recent matches, getting forward at every opportunity.

The Argentine has, on average, been fouled more than all but five other Premier League players this season, and could be the man that lands the winning penalty.

And with Newcastle giving away more penalties than they have received in each of their last five seasons in the top flight, the big price on offer could leave punters left celebrating on Sunday.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing

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Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.