Man City v Spurs – Pep or Poch to push on?
It’s the biggest game of the weekend – but is this the match where Pep Guardiola’s bruised warriors fight to restore a little pride to Manchester City, after the side took a beating against Everton last week? Or can form side Tottenham Hotspur pile further humiliation on the Spaniard on Saturday?
Here’s why City have what it takes to hit back – plus a few reasons why Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs could still nab all three points at the Etihad.
- For all City’s disappointments this season, they’ve lost only once at the Etihad (to runaway league leaders Chelsea).
- It was a bad day at Goodison – but City defeated West Ham 5-0 at the London Stadium just a week earlier. The truth is unpredictable City need to tweak the blueprint, not tear it up and start again.
- City have won this fixture in five of their last six outings at the Etihad. At their best – they beat Barcelona 3-1 earlier this season, don’t forget – City should be able to contain a Tottenham side whose away record in this campaign is unexceptional.
Spur of the moment
- Tottenham are on a six-game winning streak in the Prem.
- The side have scored eight goals in their last three games in all competitions – without conceding a goal.
- Harry Kane has six goals in his last four games, including a hat-trick last time out.
- Fellow England star Dele Alli has seven goals from his last five Prem games.
- Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked the likeliest challengers to Leicester last season – and are emerging as real contenders again this season. They’re currently second in the Prem, and beat Chelsea earlier this month 2-0.
- Spurs won this fixture last season.
Spurs are the form side, yet City’s home advantage could still pay off here. If you’re eying the popular bets, City are currently 23/20 to win, with Spurs 27/10 shots to take all three points – or you can back the draw at 49/20.
For City, Sergio Aguero is 7/2 to score first, while new signing Gabriel Jesus could make his first appearance for City this weekend. If you expect the Brazilian to hit the ground running, he’s 33/20 to score at any time on Saturday.
Tottenham’s likely goalscorers are pretty obvious choices; Kane is 17/10 to score at any time, while Alli is available at 13/4.
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