Manchester City vs Tottenham Prediction, Preview and Betting Tips
Manchester City vs Tottenham will kick off at the “Etihad Stadium” in Manchester at 17:30 local time, on Saturday, 16 December 2017. Spurs are the latest team facing the unenviable task of trying to inflict a first Premier League loss of the season on the invincible Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino basically can’t boast a relatively good record when he faces other top-six sides but he already outwitted Pep Guardiola’s men who, until then, had won all six of their opening Premier League fixtures in the last season. Moreover, that 2:0 defeat at the “White Hart Lane” was actually the first lesson of Pep Guardiola since moving to Manchester and he obviously took some notes after his first year in charge of “The Citizens”.
English Premier League: Manchester City vs Tottenham 16.12.2017
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last four competitive matches with Man City, including an impressive resistance and comeback from 2:0 down to earn a point at the “Etihad” in January this year. Besides, Spurs have won three games in the period so Pep Guardiola will be keen to extend his fine Premier League streak by winning against Tottenham for the first time.
After two away wins for the past week, “The Sky Blues” have improved Arsenal’s record of 14 league wins in a row between February and August 2002, also bettering Tottenham’s own record-setting start in 1960-61 season. And if the midweek record-breaking victory in Swansea was quite anticipated, Pep Guardiola’s side is surely even more enthusiastic after a win in the Manchester Derby last weekend. Thus City are convincingly topping the Premier League having 11 points over United and 14 above the reigning champions Chelsea.
Tottenham on its turn heads to Manchester boosted by three consecutive home wins, which came in the right moment to stabilize their confidence after the three consecutive rounds without a Premier League success. That winning streak was achieved against “weaker” sides as APOEL Nicosia in the last Champions League group stage round, as well as Stoke City and Brighton on the Premier League stage, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men are certainly encouraged by the 10 goals scored in that period, and the superb form shown by Son Heung-Min, who found his place on the score sheet in each of the last four games.
Team News and Missing Players
Pep Guardiola has no fresh injury concerns but the Spaniard still can’t rely on the long-term absentee Benjamin Mendy, as well as on John Stones and skipper Vincent Kompany. Consequently Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala will build the centre-back partnership, with Fabian Delph expected to keep his left-back position and Kyle Walker to operate on the right-side against his former club.
If City’s midfield trio looks predictable with the availability of Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, then Guradiola may once again consider a rotation on top of the attack where Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus are both eager for first-team fooball. Although Agüero holds a decent scoring record against Tottenham, Pep may stick to his strategy of rotating them. Meanwhile, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling are both certain for their starting position on the wings, despite Bernardo Silva’s good performance in the midweek.
Just like Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino has his defensive thoughts and thankfully they haven’t been worsened after the midweek commitment. Jan Vertonghen avoided suspension without collecting what would have been a costly fifth booking of the season and the Belgian will lead the centre-back duo next to Eric Dier. Vertonghen’s presence will be essential since his compatriot Toby Alderweireld still recovers from an injury and the Colombian Davinson Sanchez serving the last of his three-match ban.
Pochettino however may refresh both flanks where Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies are suspects to start at the expense of Serge Aurier and Danny Rose, respectively, who were active in the midweek.
Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli were both rested against Brighton and we expect them back to the starting lineup where Mossa Sissoko and Erik Lamela are likely to make way. Victor Wanyama remains injured.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Prediction and Betting Tips
The Spurs are fourth sharing the same number of points alongside Liverpool and Burnley, all of them remaining on 18 points behind Manchester City. Sooner or later the almighty City will lose a game and people ask themselves whether Tottenham are capable to stop their winning streak, at least.
Man City were close to not win on two occasions before the Manchester Derby, when they had to score a late winner vs Southampton and accomplish a full comeback against West Ham only a few days later. In fact, City conceded in five successive games prior the midweek clean sheet in Swansea City, which came against the worst Premier League side right now. This somehow hints that Man City’s defense can be vulnerable especially for coaches who can name an offensive formation with names of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane all featuring.
Final Conclusion, Prediction and Betting Tip
Hosts from Manchester unquestionably have the quality to land a 16th straight Premier League victory but the Spurs should not be underestimated at all. There should be goals in this clash and we place a stake on the goalscoring markets. Our betting prediction suggests: “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals“.
Possible Lineups of Manchester City and Tottenham
Venue: “Etihad Stadium”, Manchester.
Referee: Craig Pawson.
Manchester City: Ederson – Fabian Delph, Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala, Kyle Walker – David Silva, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne – Leroy Sane, Sergio Agüero, Raheem Sterling. (4-3-3)
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier – Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks – Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)