Premier League: Manchester City vs Tottenham preview

Manchester City will be looking for revenge when they meet Tottenham for the second time in just four days as the two teams clash at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday. Earlier this week the Citizens defeated the Spurs 4-3 at the same venue, but that result was a victory for Tottenham as they qualified for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League thanks to the away goals rule. The first leg had ended with a 1-0 victory for Tottenham, while the reverse Premier League fixture was won 1-0 by Manchester City in October. Overall, Manchester City have won four of the last six direct matches in all competitions.

Manchester City suffered quite an unexpected setback this week, the Citizens surely were not expecting to crash out of the UEFA Champions League after scoring four goals in the second leg against Tottenham. They dominated both matches against Spurs in the Champions League quarter-finals but their lack of efficiency proved very costly this time. However, they still have a chance to complete a domestic treble, they have already won the League Cup, they are in the FA Cup final and they are just two points behind leaders Liverpool in the Premier League table. Oleksandr Zinchenko is the only injury doubt for the home side.

Tottenham have pulled off a very big surprise in the Chamnpions League quarter-finals and that will surely give them a confidence boost ahead of Saturday's match. Last weekend they grabbed an easy 4-0 victory over already relegated Huddersfield and preserved their third place in the league table, but the race for a top four finish is extremely tight. In fact, Arsenal and Chelsea are just one point behind Tottenham, and sixth-placed Manchester United are just three points behind the Spurs. Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Harry Winks are out injured, while Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen, Erik Lamela and Eric Dier are injury doubts for manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Probable line-ups:

Man City: Ederson - Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph - De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva - Sterling, Jesus, Sane

Tottenham: Lloris - Foyth, Sanchez, Vertonghen - Walker-Peters, Eriksen, Wanyama, Davies - Moura, Son - Llorente

My prediction: Manchester City to win 2-0, the Citizens are stronger and they will make it count this time.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Man City win - 1.30
Draw - 6.00
Tottenham win - 11.00

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  • Bulgaria sharpe


    My expectations were for a convincing City win in this one because of what happened the previous Wednesday between those two in the CL.
    It's been quite likely Spurs to be mentally and physically tired after the CL triumph and City keen of a revenge...but it's been a lot harder than the expectations were and in fact with a bit of more luck Spurs could of easily snatch a point from this one.
    Obviously Man City keeper Ederson prevent that happening by making some critical saves for his side.

    So that exiting title race still going on and it wouldn't be that shocking if it's to be decided in the very last day of the season...that would be a thriller anyway.

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