Big Match Breakdown: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
City could complete a clean sweep of the other big six sides
Manchester City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League and look to be leaving any potential challengers in the distance.
Pep Guardiola’s side are playing some of the best football the top-flight has ever seen. And they could confirm their superiority over the rest of the big clubs on Saturday evening.
City have already beaten four of the other five clubs from the Big Six. A home win over Tottenham would complete the set.
But Tottenham can match any side on their day, as they showed against Real Madrid.
It’s shaping up to be a thriller and the Coral News Team have all the pre-match info…
Head to Head
Spurs will take encouragement from their results against City last year. They took four points from six in the two league meetings between the two sides.
City found it hard to get their possession game going because of Spurs’ intense pressing.
But the Manchester club have reached another level this season. They’ve set a new English record of 15 straight league wins.
Spurs are currently fourth and they come into this on the back of three consecutive wins. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have scored 10 goals and only conceded once during those games.
With John Stones and Vincent Kompany injured for City, Eliaquim Mangala is set for his second start of the season in central defence.
Guardiola will field his strongest team in midfield and attack. The one choice he’ll have to make is up front. Gabriel Jesus’ all-around game could see him start ahead of Sergio Aguero.
Spurs can’t call on Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez at the back, which means Eric Dier should partner Jan Vertonghen in a back four.
The rest of the side almost picks itself, unless Pochettino springs a surprise. He did start Fernando Llorente in a strike duo with Harry Kane away at the Bernabeu after all.
City have looked incredible going forward but they could be exposed at the back.
Kane will want to isolate Mangala. The French defender hasn’t fully convinced during his time in England and has had little football this year.
Fabian Delph has done well while covering at left-back, aside from an error in the Manchester derby. Heung-Min Son’s movement and speed will really test his defensive nous.
Spurs’ biggest problem could be regaining possession. With Dier in defence and Wanyama injured, they won’t have a ball-winner in midfield. That could make it a long 90 minutes if City evade their press.
Considering City’s absences at the back, going for Man City and Both Teams to Score at 15/8 offers more value than an outright home win.
There have been Over 2.5 Goals in all but one of City’s home league games this season. With all of the attacking talent on display, backing Over 3.5 Goals at 13/10 could be tempting.
David Silva is known for creating rather than scoring goals, but he’s netted in three league games running. At 3/1, he’s a tempting Anytime scorer pick.
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