All eyes will be on Etihad Stadium when Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs face each other on Saturday.
City proved its worth in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace last weekend which was a victory that boosted their chance of lifting the Premier League’s title. However, Guardiola’s men will have to bring out their A-game in Saturday’s clash to keep their title hopes alive.
Tottenham will be coming into this game with high spirits after they bagged a 4-0 victory against Huddersfield Town in their last match, after a goal from Wanyama and a hat trick from Lucas Moura.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will have a much bigger fish to fry on Saturday when they clash with Manchester City.
Saturday’s game is a must-win for City
Saturday’s game will be a must-win for City as they want to move back to the first position, currently being held by Liverpool who are two points clear of Guardiola’s side.
The Spurs will be seeking a win in order to increase their chances of finishing in the highly contested top four positions. Currently, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are eying the top four position.
Manchester City vs Tottenham head to head
Manchester City is currently in second position in the Premier League table with 86 points, while Tottenham is in the third position with 67 points. Manchester City has won five out of their last six matches, while the Spurs have achieved four wins in their last six matches.
It is not the question of “if” City will win, but how much will Guardiola’s men be willing to overrun the Spurs’ camp during the clash.
Bookies in favor of Manchester City to win
Bookies have put their weight behind City’s win with odds at 1.33 and placing a chance for Tottenham’s win at 7.50. The possibility of a draw stands at 5.25.
This means a stake of 100 dollars on Guardiola’s side will result in a 133 dollar return, while a stake of the same amount on Tottenham will yield 750 dollars.
However, the wide odd difference is a clear indication that a draw is highly doubtful. The Lilywhites will have to put up a tough fight in order to stop City from advancing into their territory.
The midweek clash is a test of power for City and the Spurs
Tottenham and Manchester City will face each other in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night. The midweek result will be a test of power for both teams.
The overall performance of each team will determine the kind of energy that City and the Spurs will carry to the weekend fixtures.
Harry Kane’s injury is a blow to the Spurs
Tottenham’s striker Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury while playing against City. As a result, Kane will miss out on Saturday’s clash against the Premier League’s defending champions. Kane’s absence is a huge set back for Pochettino’s side given his crucial role in the front.
Saturday’s clash will be a do-or-die affair for either side, but the tactics and overall performance of the teams will determine who wins after the referee blows the final whistle.
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