Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Prediction: Tottenham vs Man City

Odds: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 8/13

Bookmaker: Bet365

The two remaining Premier League sides without a single defeat in the competition thus far go head to head on Sunday as they return from their UEFA Champions League duties which brough contrasting fortunes to Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola’s men.

Tottenham

The Spurs return to Premier League action following a bravely-fought Champions League win in Russia in midweek. Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son continued his flying start to the new campaign as he scored a winner that helped his team edge past Russian giants CSKA Moscow. Korean international has scored four goals in three Premier League appearances so far, while the Champions League goal was just another confirmation of his excellent form. The 24-year-old is however under great pressure knowing that he could miss nearly two years of action for Spurs due to mandatory military service in his homeland which forces all 24-year-olds to serve 21 months before they turn 28. And though he can still prolong his service, the subject has come under great scrutiny over the last few days in England. Tottenham are currently trailing Manchester City by four points and Sunday’s encounter will be a great opportunity for in-form Spurs to notch their fifth consecutive win and close the gap behind the Citizens.

Team News

Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko did not travel to Russia, but there are great chances they all will be involved in a Manchester City clash.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is still nursing his ankle injury and will not be back in action until early November.

Manchester City

Instead of breaking the record and notching their 11th consecutive win in the new season, Manchester City were forced to settle for 3-3 draw at Celtic, in what has been a scintillating UEFA Champions League match. Brendan Rodgers displayed great bravery as he went on against Premier League table toppers ready to fight for a win that nearly came. After the initial disappointment against Barcelona, the Scottish giants gave Manchester City a hell of a ride. The Citizen were forced to come from behind and chase the result in order to survive the game and there is no doubt that Pep Guardiola will urge his players to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. Just like Tottenham, Manchester City are unbeaten in the Premier League, but unlike their Sunday rivals Citizens have notched all wins in the first six games. Guardiola’s men have been in superb form and have enjoyed quite a scoring feast with 18 goals scored so far. Visit to London will be a big test for Pep Guardiola’s men who will be hoping that Celtic stunner left no visible scars.

Team News

Manchester City forward Nolito will be unavailable for selection through suspension, while it is well documented that Yaya Toure is out of the squad as well due to what has been described as an internal disciplinary matter.

Fabian Delph, Kevin De Bruyne and captain Vincent Kompany complete the list of absentees as they continue to struggle with their respective injuries.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Man City are highest scorers in the league with 18 goals in 6 games
  • Citizens and Spurs are the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Premier League
  • Guardiola’s men notched six consecutive Premier League victories
  • The 3-3 draw at Celtic snapped City’s 10-game winning run
  • Spurs pulled a double win over Manchester City last season in the league

Conclusion

Forthcoming clash between two undefeated Premier League sides promises to be an exciting event. Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola have revitalised their respective teams and we should be in for a proper treat for all the senses. Last couple of games have yielded goals galore and we do not see any reason why it should not be the case this time as well.

Odds: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 8/13

Bookmaker: Bet365

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