Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 1st February 2019

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Man City’s first real test of their title defence sees them take on regular top four finishers Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium in the late kick off on Saturday. It is here where Spurs famously knocked out Pep Guardiola’s side during the quarterfinals of last year’s Champions League so take nothing for granted this weekend.

These two attack-minded clubs often produce something of a spectacle when going toe to toe and there is little reason to think this contest will be an exception. Tottenham have lost their last six Premier League away tests but a new season means a fresh start for Mauricio Pochettino and his players. A clean slate is no doubt a positive thing but it is something that can only take you so far against such a talented City side.

Top Tips

Man City to win -1 goal @ 10/11

Sterling to score any time @ 20/21

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Manchester City News: Mangala departs

Manchester City Etihad Stadium on Matchday
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Vincent Kompany’s departure in the summer left the English champions a centre back down and they have now lost another as Eliaquim Mangala secured a move to Valencia on Tuesday. Although Guardiola was never a fan of the Frenchman, his exit leaves the Citizens in rather short supply of central defenders. With only three remaining senior figures in his squad, time will tell if the decision not to acquire a fresh face will backfire.

Cancelo could make debut

Although Joao Cancelo put pen to paper at his new club before the season kicked-off, Guardiola had no intention of thrusting the £60m man straight into the limelight. Having now had over a week to familiarise himself with his new surroundings, there is a decent chance the former Juventus player could feature among the match day squad. He has already revealed his ambition to take Kyle Walker’s starting role but the Englishman won’t be easily replaced should he continue to play as well as he did against West Ham.

Tottenham Hotspur News: Vertonghen omission explained

White Hart Lane Prior to Tottenham Hotspur Match
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Seeing Christian Eriksen start on the bench against Aston Villa was surprising enough but more of a shock was that Jan Vertonghen missed out on the squad completely. Immediately fans assumed he picked up a knock but Pochettino later denied any injury problems, explaining it was purely a tactical call to leave him out. Since then more has come from the story, mainly that the Belgian was excluded because of poor fitness levels and a disappointing pre-season. Should he miss out again then we are inclined to believe in such reports.

Son and Dele miss out

There will be no Ben Davies or Juan Foyth here for Spurs but far more important are the absences of Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son. The latter remains suspended after collecting a red card on the penultimate game of last season. He will be back in action next week, which is also the earliest return date for the injured Alli. The 23 year old’s recurring hamstring issues have become a growing concern for Mauricio Pochettino who has encouraged the midfielder to start listen to his body.

Analysis: Gap in ability remains

Tottenham may be the third favourites to lift the Premier League trophy but they will need to perform miles above expectations if they want to be able to keep pace with City. The two clubs were separated by 27 points come the end of last season, emphasising just how much stronger the league champions are. Improvements can be expected for Spurs this campaign after signing two big money players but they remain the weaker side and are thus the real underdogs here.

City to survive early test

With all four of their encounters last season separated by just a one-goal margin, City versus Spurs was quite the competitive fixture. This time around, things could be a little easier for Pep’s men though with Spurs looking a fair way from peak form on their season opener against Villa. Outplayed in the first half, a Tottenham side missing several key names only managed to turn things around late on against the newly promoted club. City on the other hand absolutely blew West Ham away, playing with an exceptional amount of confidence and fluidity. Hungry and capable of scoring more goals, the hosts should see this game out with a -1 goal handicap (10/11).

Sterling to prove his worth again

An opening day hat-trick marked the perfect start of the season for Raheem Sterling, who has already been tipped for his best year yet. Things could quickly get even better for the 24 year old who looks set for a productive evening in the Etihad. Not only did Tottenham look exposed on the break last weekend but their right back options aren’t the strongest. Kyle Walker-Peters massively lacks experience at this level while Serge Aurier is always prone to a lapse in concentration. Sterling is likely to enjoy plenty of success on the City left flank as a result, making him an excellent anytime scorer bet (20/21).

Recent Matches

Spurs prevailed by the skin of their teeth when facing City in last year’s Champions League but it is the Citizens who have been the dominant force domestically. The last four league meetings between the two sides have all gone City’s way with the aggregate scoreline reading 9-2.

20th April 2019: Manchester City 1 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Academy graduate Phil Foden experienced a moment to savour early on in this match as he netted his first Premier League goal for his boyhood club. He could not have asked for an easier way to open his account either as Sergio Aguero’s selfless pass allowed the 18 year old to head home from two yards out. Despite making such a perfect start, City soon found themselves under immense pressure from Spurs on the break. Heung-Min Son alone had three big chances alone to score but the superb Ederson ensured the hosts held onto their slender lead.

17th April 2019: Manchester City 4 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

This Champions League quarter-final second leg produced one of the most extraordinary matches in the competition's history with Tottenham eventually progressing on away goals after drawing 4-4 on aggregate. Five goals were scored in the opening quarter with Fernando Llorente providing the crucial strike for Spurs in the 73rd minute. There was late drama as Raheem Sterling was denied a goal by VAR in injury time which would've taken City though.

9th April 2019: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Manchester City

Danny Rose became the latest victim of VAR early on in the match. There were few appeals at the time from City players but Bjorn Kuipers decided to award a penalty for handball after inspecting the replays. All the fuss proved to be for nothing though as Hugo Lloris kept out Sergio Aguero’s effort from 12 yards. It proved a costly miss as Son Heung-Min went on to the break the deadlock, narrowly keeping the ball in play before lashing home past the feet of Ederson.

29th October 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 1 Manchester City

An emotional Riyaz Mahrez dedicated his early goal in this match to Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who tragically died in a helicopter accident just two days earlier. The Algerian’s sole strike was enough to settle a match played on an unusually poor Wembley pitch. Still showing the marks from a NFL game played one day prior, Tottenham struggled to play their passing game and were deservedly beaten by a City side who ought to have won with a little more comfort.

14th April 2018: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 3 Manchester City

Spurs hadn’t lost a home match by more than a one goal margin since August 2014 prior to City’s visit. The scoreline in no way flattered City either who went within touching distance of the Premier League title with the win. Pochettino acknowledged that his side struggled in the game, particularly during the opening 25 minutes which had seen them fall two goals behind.

16th December 2017: Manchester City 4 – 1 Tottenham

A Kevin De Bruyne masterclass put City on their way to a classy victory in front of the home crowd. The hosts registered 20 shots on target and left the rest of the league questioning how on earth they could be caught after such a scintillating display. The only positive note for Tottenham was that a frustrated Dele Alli managed to escape with just a yellow card for his reckless challenge on De Bruyne. When that’s your only positive, you know it has been a bad day.

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