Tottenham and Jose Mourinho meet Manchester City and Pep Guardiola on Saturday afternoon, so you all better get ready for some fireworks. Every time Mourinho and Guardiola clash, we have a lot of topics for debate. This particular contest is coming in a very sensitive moment, after a two-week international break, and in such situations, teams are very vulnerable. No need to mention that the stakes are high here, with both the Spurs and the Citizens aiming to win the title.
Tottenham (+300) is an underdog against City, but the Spurs got used to this role when meeting the team from Etihad. On several occasions, they would inflict serious blows to Guardiola’s crew, the most notable, elimination from the UEFA Champions League in 2018.
Since the start of this campaign, Tottenham is very good, with just two losses and draws each in 16 events. One of those defeats was the recent one in the Europa League against Antwerp on the road, but Mourinho’s guys posted three victories since then.
The hosts are extremely efficient at home ground scoring 15 times in the past four matches at Tottenham stadium. Each time they would score at least twice, and all games saw over 2.5 goals.
Manchester City (-110) played 1-1 against Liverpool in the last game before the pause, and we might say that it wouldn’t be unfair if the Citizens won that contest. Kevin de Bruyne missed a penalty in the late part of the first half, wasting an opportunity to kill Liverpool’s morale completely.
Guardiola’s side is recording solid results, but they are oscillating a little bit in their performances. Unlike the previous years, once they terrorized rivals by scoring a bunch of goals, the Sky-Blues’ efficiency declined, and the overall pace of their game became much slower.
Moderate efficiency, 2 or 3 goals, took place in four of their previous five matches.
Matt Doherty and Erik Lamela are definitely out for Tottenham. Tanganga and Bergwijn are, for the moment, questionable but should be available per various sources.
A big blow for the guests is Sergio Aguero’s absence. We mentioned so many times and will once again – the Citizens have problems with efficiency with the Argentinian outside the lineup. Apart from him, Fernandinho is out as well. Raheem Sterling is doubtful, Mendy and Ake too.
Head to Head Games
The overall record is on Man City’s side for just one win, 63-62, while 36 events ended without winners.
During the previous campaign, the Spurs had more success, getting away with a 2-2 draw from Etihad, and winning at home, 2-0.
Both sides had numerous players involved in international duties, and their physical condition is very important now. Whoever gets to recover faster will win this battle. Motivation is the key here, and as we all know, Mourinho is unprecedented in this area.
Therefore, we recommend betting that the hosts stay unbeaten in this event. The odds on that are -105, which is a superb offer. We can’t quite figure out why bookies underestimated Tottenham this much. After all, they beat City twice in a row here and are one of England’s best teams this season.
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