Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City
Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, May 3rd – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: Spurs 5/2 – Draw 11/4 – Manchester City 1/1
Both want Champions League football, but looking at the table it will could only be one of these two teams that make it to Europe’s elite competition come the end of the season in four weeks time.
Tottenham come into this one back on home soil after last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Southampton in which Spurs equalised twice to leave St Mary’s with a point.Embed from Getty Images
At this moment in time Spurs are in a bit of a sticky patch with some inconsistency. Draws with Burnley, Southampton, a loss to Aston Villa at home plus victories over Newcastle and Leicester in their last five games have left the Lillywhites in sixth and seven points off fourth spot.
Tottenham can take huge confidence from their home form against the so called ‘bigger’ teams with victories over Chelsea, Arsenal and a draw with Manchester United. Manchester City will be a tough one for Spurs but seeing as Tottenham put five past Chelsea, you can’t rule anything out, and a home win here would keep the fans’ dreams of Champions League football alive.
Manchester City have returned to winning ways since their crushing Manchester derby defeat at Old Trafford two weeks ago with victories over West Ham and Aston Villa.Embed from Getty Images
Some would say Man City were lucky to escape with all three points against Villa last weekend with an 89th minute winner from Fernandinho sealing the points for the 2013/2014 Premier League Champions. But what’s important is that they took all three points to keep their push going for the top four places.
The title seems all but gone from City and the final push now is for them to finish as high as possible to avoid a Champions League playoff if they finish fourth.Embed from Getty Images
It could also be said that it’s City’s away form that has led them astray from winning the Premier League for a third time since 2012 with seven losses so far this season compared to six losses they had in their title winning campaign last year.
The reverse fixture at The Etihad in October saw Manchester City come out 4-1 winners with Sergio Aguero bagging all four of Man City’s goals. For Tottenham it was a well taken Christian Eriksen goal but a missed penalty from Spaniard Roberto Soldado turned the tie on it’s head for all the wrong reasons.
Tottenham could welcome Danny Rose back at left-back but will definitely be without fellow full-back Ben Davies, who suffered a dislocated shoulder last weekend, plus Kyle Walker will also be missing possibly till the last game of the season against Everton.
Manchester City will be without Yaya Toure, who is suffering with a hamstring injury and Vincent Kompany has no return date yet with his hip and thigh injury so will also miss out. City could welcome back Samir Nasri and fellow Frenchman Gael Clichy.
Tottenham’s last five: W/D/L/W/D
Manchester City last five: W/L/L/W/W
Key Stat: Including their 2011-2012 title winning season, Manchester City have scored 26 goals against Spurs in their last seven league meetings.
Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentine has scored four goals in his last three games and will look to boost his tally against Tottenham.Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham 2-3 Manchester City – Plenty of goals and plenty of drama but Manchester City will just edge it, as they did against Villa last weekend in what should be a thriller.