Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Second plays fifth in the Premier League on Saturday evening as in-form Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Etihad Stadium to face a struggling Manchester City. Spurs boast the bragging rights in recent head-to-heads and will fancy their chances of getting a result given how poor City have been of late. But it’s a game the hosts can’t afford to lose if they want to finish in the top-four as defeat could see the Sky Blues five points adrift of the Champions League places. Victory could see Manchester City level on points with Tottenham Hotspur in the table but a win for the visitors could see the two sides finish the weekend six points apart. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 42 points from 21 games this season, having suffered their second defeat in their last three. The Sky Blues were hammered 4-0 away at Everton in their last outing and have managed just one win against a top-seven side since September. Since beating Manchester United four months ago, City have dropped points to Tottenham Hotspur, Everton (home and away), Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League. Tottenham have, in fact, enjoyed three consecutive wins over the Sky Blues in the league ahead of their weekend meeting so Guardiola won’t be too full of confidence. City have won three on the bounce at home, but can’t stop conceding goals in the league and might be opened up with how impressive Spurs have been in recent weeks. Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side are second in the table with 45 points, coming off the back of six consecutive wins. They have lost only two games all season and recently beat the Premier League leaders Chelsea to prove their title credentials. A win over Manchester City this weekend could see the Londoners narrow the gap at the top to four points, and given Spurs boast consecutive wins on the road they pose a real threat. Tottenham’s energy could see them put City under pressure all over the park, and a ruthless attack that have scored 19 goals in their last six should have no problems against a Sky Blues side that have shipped nine goals in four away outings. Goals should ensue on Saturday evening as a result, and Bet Victor are giving odds of 4/7 for Both Teams to Score. Tottenham boast three head-to-head wins over Manchester City ahead of this weekend’s clash, and Tottenham are 9/4 with William Hill to pick up all three points at the Etihad Stadium. Spurs need to keep third-placed Liverpool off their backs and certainly have the tools to get a result. They may, however, settle for a share of the spoils as City are a dangerous team despite their flaws at the back. Manchester City have embarked in games featuring three goals or more in three of their last four in the Premier League, and 888 Sport are giving odds of 4/5 for Total Goals Over 2.5. Past meetings between the two clubs have guaranteed goals and Saturday’s clash should be an entertaining spectacle.