Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs out to derail Pep’s fading title challenge

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Tottenham go to the Etihad Stadium with confidence coursing through their veins after six straight wins

Manchester City host Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League in a match that feels like the last chance saloon for City’s title hopes. 

New signing, Brazilian teen sensation Gabriel Jesus, is in line to make his City debut after receiving international clearance. Ilkay Gundogan remains sidelined for the hosts with a long-term problem. Tottenham will be without key defender Jan Vertonghen for 6 weeks after the Belgian sustained an ankle injury in a 4-0 win against West Brom.  

Tottenham go to the Etihad Stadium with confidence coursing through their veins after 6 straight wins. Manchester City, in contrast, are reeling from a 4-0 hammering at Everton. The last 6 Premier League meetings between the sides have yielded clear results (3 wins apiece) and a win again on Saturday for either team could prove fatal for the other’s title aspirations. 
 
Team News

Manchester City
Ruled out: Gundogan, Fernando
Doubtful: Kompany
Suspended: Fernandinho

Tottenham Hotspur
Ruled out: Vertonghen
Doubtful: Lamela

Key Players 

During troubled times, clubs usually call upon experienced heads in their squad to steady the ship. Sergio Agüero has shown his pedigree for City and with the recent arrival of Gabriel Jesus, there might be some competition for his place and additional motivation to hit the back of the net. On the other end of the experience spectrum, John Stones will have to show his undoubted ability in a big game against title rivals. So far in his City career, mistakes and injuries have punctuated these key junctures. 

Harry Kane scored an impressive hat-trick against West Brom but again it’s the telepathic understanding he shares with Dele Alli that is getting most tongues wagging. In the absence of the injured Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld will be the key man at the back for Pochettino’s Spurs. If Tottenham keep a clean sheet, they’ll definitely fancy themselves to collect all 3 points. 

Key Match Stats

  • Tottenham have won their last 6 matches in the Premier League.
  • Tottenham have won their last 3 Premier League meetings with Manchester City.
  • Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches against Man City in all competitions. 
  • Harry Kane has scored 11 league goals since November - the most by any Premier League player in that period.
  • Sergio Agüero has not scored in his last 3 appearances against Tottenham, after scoring 10 in his first 7 against the London side. 
  • Man City have won their last 3 home matches in the Premier League. 
  • Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches in the Premier League. 

Verdict & Picks

Logic and form say that Tottenham will march on and sweep Guardiola’s City team aside. Tottenham are relatively long at 3.52 to register an away win and this favourites tag is justified. Live In-Play betting is also available - visit ClickaBet to view our odds!

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