City v Spurs – biggest game of the year?
The Championship play-off final, with a place in the Premier League for the winner, is widely considered to be the richest game in English football, with the boost to the triumphant side’s finances through TV deals and increased revenue estimated to be around £60 million.
However, with the advent of the Champions League a whole new set of riches is on offer for clubs at the top of the Premier League. For many years it was restricted to the same four teams, Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
But with Liverpool struggling to replicate their form of recent seasons a place has opened up at Europe’s top table. With Spurs currently occupying that magic fourth spot and City just one point behind them, the clash between the two sides at the City of Manchester Stadium on Wednesday has developed into a match of epic proportions. Currently, the online odds make Spurs favourites to take fourth spot, but anything could happen.
It is not just the money that is the reward of course. If City make fourth their rich owners will then be able to offer the world’s best footballers Champions League football as well as huge wages. All of a sudden the likes of Kaka and John Terry, who previously snubbed moves to Eastlands, may change their minds, and with wages of around £200,000 a week would you say no?
Spurs may not splash out to the extent of their northern rivals but they would certainly be able to flex their financial muscles and offer something all but three of the Premier League opponents can’t.
Therefore the immediate future of both these clubs, be it on to the golden path of money laden success or a retreat back among the chasing pack, could be dictated by the outcome of this one game.
Meanwhile, the World Cup betting odds makes Spain favourites to win the competition, and Man City have been linked with a summer swoop for one of the country’s leading strikers, Fernando Torres.