Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Etihad Stadium – Sunday, February 14 – 16:15 GMT (11:15 ET)
Match Odds: Man City 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Tottenham 5/2
City were destroyed 3-1 last weekend by current league leaders Leicester, a result which could be pivotal in the title race, so need to bounce back and go on a winning run with just 13 league games left to play.
They now sit fourth in the league on 47 points, trailing Spurs, who are second on 48 points, so the intensity is raised even higher for a tie which is usually action-packed.
City know they have to win near on every game from here on in – they are more than capable but players need to step up and start showing why they were signed for such hefty transfer fees.Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham are in the best position to challenge for the title they’ve been in for some time. Their steady form has paid off and they’ve become a real force – the title is not an unrealistic aim.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side come into this one off the back of their hard-earned 1-0 win over Watford last weekend. They showed great resilience and took all three points, something they may not have done in previous seasons.
Squad quality and performance levels as well as player management from Pochettino have been impressive from Spurs and they should surely finish in the top four now. Although they’ll be aiming higher.Embed from Getty Images
The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane earlier in the season saw Spurs beat City 4-1 in what was a shock result. The Lilywhites will be hoping to cause another major upset to the Citizens here.
Manchester City’s injury woes continue. Seven first team players look set to miss out as Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Kevin DeBruyne, Fabian Delph, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna and Eliaquim Mangala are out. Vincent Kompany could return.
Tottenham have just two injury concerns as Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie are sidelined.
Manchester City’s last five: D/W/D/W/L
Tottenham’s last five: L/W/W/W/W
Key Stat: There have been more than two goals scored in ten of Manchester City’s last 11 home games in the Premier League.
Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentine goal-machine has bagged seven in his last six Premier League outings and now has 14 goals in 18 league games this season. He will be expected to provide against a tough Spurs defence he knows how to break down, with ten goals in his last eight against them.Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Both sides cannot afford to lose this game. The race for the title is so intense and if results go against these sides this weekend they will find themselves with a mountain to climb to win the league. The game should be packed with attacking action. City would probably be the happier of the two sides with the point considering Spurs’ recent form.