Tottenham hosts Manchester City less than 20 days after their previous meeting. The difference now is that the Spurs play at their Tottenham Stadium in London and have a help of a very noisy crowd. Antonio Conte’s crew is outside the UEFA Champions League zone, and that needs to be corrected as soon as possible, otherwise, this season might end up disastrously for the Spurs. As for the champions, they too are experiencing troubles, with Arsenal having five points more and a game to play more than Guardiola’s unit. Three points are imperative for both units, and that’s something that guarantees a good show.
Tottenham Hotspur (+360) has two wins in a row, both without a goal allowed. The first meeting was against Fulham on the road, 0-1, and then in Preston in the FA Cup, 0-3. Prior to these two events, we saw the Spurs losing to Arsenal, 0-2 and Man City, 4-2, with their defense being the worst part of the team.
These oscillations have been Tottenham’s trademark throughout the entire campaign, with them failing to catch the rhythm and gain some consistency in the back line.
Six of their past seven events at the Tottenham Stadium have been with moderate efficiency, meaning two or three goals. Though, throughout that stretch, Tottenham won just two games.
Manchester City (-120) posted three triumphs in a row, beating Tottenham, 4-2, Wolves, 3-0, and Arsenal 1-0; the last event in the FA Cup and the previous two in the Premiership. All these clashes were at the Etihad Stadium.
The most recent two games on the road ended with defeats for the Citizens, who were defeated in Southampton, 2-0, thus suffering elimination from the Carabao Cup. The other event was at Old Trafford against Manchester United, who beat City 2-1, but we need to add, with the great help of the officials.
Overall, their events on the road have seen plenty of defense this year, with the Citizens locking their back line. In six of the last 10 of them, we saw them posting clean sheets, and in eight of the recent ten games, just one side scored.
Bryan Gil is back in Spain on loan, and it seems the Spurs gave up on him. Meanwhile, Lucas Moura has Achilles tendon problems and will probably skip this event.
Benjamin Mendy is still suspended for the Citizens, while Phil Foden might be out due to his foot injury.
Head to Head Games
The Citizens hosted Spurs on January 19 and made a miraculous comeback, from two goals down at the break to 4-2 in the end. Riyad Mahrez was on fire in the second 45 minutes scoring a brace and setting up one goal. He was the man who turned everything upside down on the field.
A fierce fight awaits us, but we are here with the Citizens, who are simply a better team, in our opinion, than the hosts. Tottenham’s instability in the back line is a major problem, and against Haaland and the boys, every mistake could lead to a goal. Particularly because City accelerated in the recent two weeks.
Pick: Manchester City wins -120
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Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.
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