Manchester City face a tough test on Saturday afternoon as they take on Tottenham Hotspur in North London.
Before the international break, Man City fought to hard-earned draw against Liverpool 1-1. City missed the opportunity to go 2-1 ahead before half-time as Kevin De Bruyne missed a penalty.
It condemned Manchester City to just two wins in their last six Premier League games as they sit 10th in the Premier League table.
They come up against the in-form team in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur having won three league games in a row as well as defeating Manchester United 6-1 away from home.
Coming into the season, not many media outlets and pundits picked Tottenham to make the top four and for good reason. The injury issues of Harry Kane as well as lack of forward depth were valid reasons for Tottenham’s omission from top four predictions.
However, after a scintillating start to the season, Tottenham are being earmarked as potential title challengers and I may have to buy into this prediction.
Before I go all in though, I must mention that they have only faced one ‘Big Six’ team this season in Manchester United with their toughest tests yet to come and the first one comes on Saturday against Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.
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The former champions have been less than impressive this season and will be looking to make a statement against a scary Tottenham Hotspur side.
In his pre-match press conference, Guardiola talked about how impressed he was with how well Mourinho has done at Tottenham since his arrival last year.
“He’s done really good, as always in all the clubs [he’s managed],” Guardiola said at Friday’s pre-match news conference.
“The numbers speak for themselves. They dropped points against West Ham and Newcastle in the last minute – imagine the points if they hadn’t.
“They are contenders. The quality they’ve got is always there. They qualified for the Champions League for four or five years and reached the final. They have been a good team since Pochettino took over. It is a fantastic squad.”
“We are getting better,” he said when reflecting on the most recent meeting with Tottenham nine months ago.
“But I don’t want to focus on Tottenham – they are not my concern. We have a lot of games coming up and it is important we look to get everyone back fit.”
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Manchester City do have the upper hand in head-to-head meetings with three wins in their last six league games against Tottenham, despite Tottenham winning their last meeting 2-0 back in February.
I think the spoils will be shared between Tottenham and Manchester City in a 2-2 draw with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling both finding themselves on the scoresheet.
Odds on a Tottenham win open at +320. Odds on a Manchester City win open at -133. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +320.