Wembley Stadium - Premier League
A deflated Manchester City travel to Wembley to face Tottenham on Saturday evening, with Pep Guardiola’s side looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat. Spurs meanwhile have a 10-point cushion to fifth-placed Chelsea, and come into this game on the back of six Premier League wins in a row.
City thumped Tottenham 4-1 when the teams met at the Etihad in December, but that was the last time Mauricio Pochettino’s side tasted defeat. Before that game, Spurs were unbeaten in four against the Blues, winning three of those, although City won eight of the nine prior to that little run.
Kieran Trippier is likely to come back into the Tottenham line-up after sitting out the win at Stoke. Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters remained sidelined through injury, but Harry Kane is fit and firing again after his recent ankle problem.
Fernandinho is suspended after picking up his 10th booking of the season in the defeat against Manchester United last weekend. He’ll be a huge miss for City, who also have John Stones and Benjamin Mendy on the treatment table.
Tottenham v Manchester City Preview and Predictions
The aura of invincibility that Manchester City were sauntering through the season with has been exploded in the last week. Two defeats at the hands of Liverpool and a stunning comeback from United in a derby that looked set to crown the Blues as Premier League champions has shook the club.
Tottenham will look to take advantage of an undoubted dip in morale, as they aim to secure third place or even better. Currently level on points but with a game in hand over Liverpool, Pochettino’s side are unbeaten in their last 14 outings, which has taken them to the brink of another season in the Champions League.
City on the other hand need to get back to winning ways and turn their march to the title back into a celebration. Guardiola’s men missed a once in a generation opportunity against their local rivals last weekend, but they’ve still been a hugely dominant force this season, playing some scintillating football along the way.
Saturday’s game is a close one to call though, with an in-form Spurs starting as the slight favourites at 31/20 in the betting. City are priced at 9/5, while the draw’s available at 11/4.
Over 3.5 goals at 13/8
This bet would’ve paid out in nine of the last 14 games between the sides. Seven of them had over 4.5 goals, and that’s priced at 4/1.
Tottenham to win and Kane to score at 2/1
Always the likeliest candidate to get on the scoresheet for Spurs, bet on Kane to hit the back of the net as City slip to their fourth defeat in less than two weeks.