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Tottenham v Manchester City Preview & Tips: Spurs to take advantage of stuttering Citizens
Tottenham will be desperate to consolidate their position in the top four as they host Manchester City on Saturday
Tottenham Hotspur welcome Premier League leaders Manchester City to Wembley on Saturday as they look to catch Manchester United in second position. With Harry Kane back in action for Mauricio Pochettino's side, Spurs have a great chance to capitalise on a City side that have lost three consecutive games.
Spurs will finish in the top four this season but will be aiming to jump above Liverpool and Manchester United into second position. Unbeaten in the Premier League in 2018, Pochettino's side ground out a hard fought 2-1 win at Stoke last weekend with Christian Eriksen bagging both goals.
Tottenham have won their last six Premier League matches and last two home league meetings against the Citizens. After playing and their last four games on the road, Spurs will be happy to be back at Wembley where they have won 11 of their last 13 games scoring 37 goals in the process.
Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters are injured while Kieran Trippier is a doubt, but Pochettino has plenty of options especially with Harry Kane coming through unscathed against Stoke after returning from injury.
Pep Guardiola’s side have hit a brick wall in the past week, losing three games in a row and four of their last six. Two defeats against Liverpool ended their Champions League campaign which came either side of a remarkable 3-2 home defeat against Manchester United where a win would have secured the Premier League title.
The Citizens will still win the title but there is a sense of deflation as Guardiola’s all conquering side have shown that they are beatable. They did win the League Cup and will win the league however, but the nature of their Champions League exit will hurt for some time.
Fernandinho is suspended after picking up his 10th yellow card against Manchester United while Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Aguero are out injured. Guardiola might look to rotate here with some of his players still deflated after the loss against Liverpool, with Fabian Delph, Vincent Kompany likely to start.
Manchester City won the reverse fixture 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium in December but Spurs won the past two home games against City at their former home White Hart Lane. This fixture has produced plenty of goals in recent years, with 55 goals scored in their last 13 Premier League encounters.
Jurgen Klopp masterminded two victories against Manchester City, the first with an effective high press at home before a solid defensive and counter attacking display at the Etihad. Pochettino has turned Spurs into an intense high pressing unit, especially at home which has the potential to trouble City on Saturday.
- Tottenham have won their last 6 matches (Premier League).
- Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches (Premier League).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Tottenham's last 3 games (Premier League).
- Tottenham and Manchester City have scored 55 goals in their last 13 matches (Premier League).
- Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 21 of their last 25 matches (Premier League).
Tottenham are in great form and will want to keep the momentum going before their upcoming FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. Pochettino’s side play in a similar fashion to Liverpool who showed that an effective high pressing approach can pay dividends.
Manchester City are in a slump and a trip to Wembley to face Tottenham is one of the most difficult assignments in the Premier League. Expect a high scoring game with Spurs coming away with a narrow victory.
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals at 2.62
Value Bet: Tottenham win and Over 2.5 goals at 3.50
First Goalscorer: Harry Kane at 4.40