EPL: Tottenham vs Manchester City Preview

Two footballers compete for ball
Premier League leaders Manchester City take on in-form Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Saturday

With a 13-point gap over United and six games remaining, City essentially need six points – or two wins – to be crowned champions.

Victory for the Citizens will take them one step closer to winning the title, however, Spurs are unbeaten in their last 14 games at Wembley with 10 wins.

Which team will come out victorious? Here’s our preview and prediction.

*Please note that this article was written prior to Manchester City’s Champions League tie with Liverpool on Tuesday 10 April.

English Premier League
Tottenham vs Manchester City 
Saturday 14 April 
Wembley Stadium 
20:45

To Win
Tottenham 29/20
Draw 51/20
Man City 7/4

Tottenham
Tottenham will certainly go into the game full of confidence having not lost a Premier League game in 2018. Mauricio Pochettino's side claimed a 2-1 victory away to Stoke last weekend, courtesy of a brace from Christian Eriksen. 

Spurs currently sit in fourth in the table, level on points with third-placed Liverpool, but have an all-important game in hand. Somewhat quietly, Pochettino's side have also put together a six-game winning streak in the Premier League and are on a 14-game unbeaten run. In fact, the north Londoners last lost in the top-flight on December 16, 2017 – in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City. 

I’s an ideal time for Tottenham to play the Premier League leaders as Pep Guardiola’s side have lost two in a row, conceding three goals in each game. Harry Kane, who has 24 league goals, will look to exploit City's defensive frailties and with the goal threat of Eriksen and Dele Alli behind him, Pochettino’s team are sure to cause all kinds of problems. Liverpool and United proved that attacking City is the best policy. Spurs defeated both of those sides at Wembley and will need to do the same to the champions-in-waiting.

Manchester City
Manchester City could have had a guard of honour from Spurs players on Saturday had they beaten Manchester United to win the Premier League last weekend, but the Citizens squandered a 2-0 half-time lead and lost 3-2 at the Etihad – their first league defeat at home since December 2016. It was City’s once-in-a-lifetime chance to win the title in the style their football deserved, but they blew it.

Prior to that game, City were thumped 3-0 away to Liverpool in the Champions League – this was also the first time that a Guardiola side had conceded three in consecutive games. It will be difficult for the Citizens to pick themselves up after those defeats, especially if they get eliminated from the Champions League before their meeting with Spurs.

However, Guardiola’s side certainly won’t fear their opponents, having thrashed the north Londoners 4-1 in December. City also won all three of their away games last month in the Premier League, beating Arsenal, Stoke and Everton.

Fernandinho is set to miss the clash against Tottenham after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season against Manchester United. His absence will be a huge boost to Spurs, who will be looking to further delay City’s claiming of the Premier League title.

Verdict: Kane to Score Anytime & Tottenham to Win (21/10)
After witnessing City crumble last week, Spurs will be confident they can inflict further misery on Guardiola’s side. The north Londoners are high on confidence, winning their last four Premier League games at Wembley, including victories over Manchester United and Arsenal. With Spurs in great form and Kane still chasing Mohamed Salah for the Golden Boot, I’m backing Kane to Score Anytime & Tottenham to Win. 



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