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Manchester City look to keep pace with Liverpool at the top of the table Monday when they face another tough test as they travel to Wembley Stadium.
Spurs have won their last four league ties and can move into second-place in the standings by handing the Citizens their first defeat of the season.
While much of the attention this season has been focused on City, Liverpool and Chelsea’s battle for top spot, Tottenham has once again quietly put together an impressive season. Posting a 7W 0D 2L record on the year, back-to-back losses to Watford and the Reds were the only misstep in an otherwise perfect league campaign. They have not conceded a Premier League goal in their past three matches, blanking Huddersfield, Cardiff City and West Ham in the process. They were in Champions League action on Tuesday night, where they controlled the match at PSV Eindhoven but an early mistake and a late goal meant they left Netherlands with a 2-2 draw.
Spurs have only play three matches at their adopted home of Wembley Stadium this season, beating Fulham and Cardiff, while losing 2-1 to Liverpool. They have won eight of their last ten PL home fixtures, with their previous defeat coming in April to Monday night’s visitors. Their defence has been stellar at home, keeping a clean sheet in six of those games, leading to just four going over 2.5 total goals.
City come into the fixture on a high, having made the tough midweek trip to Ukraine in order to dispatch Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0. The victory made it eight goals in the past two games for the squad, who trounced Burnley 5-0 last Saturday in a match where each goal was scored by a different player. As potent as their offence has been, it has been the defence that has completely shut down the opponents. City have conceded just a single goal over their last seven games, including holding Liverpool, the fourth highest-scoring team in the league, goalless at Anfield.
The Citizens enter the match on an 11-game away unbeaten streak in the Premier League, winning eight and drawing three. They have only won one of their last three, however, with draws at Wolves and in Liverpool on either side of a 5-0 beatdown of Cardiff. During that span they have kept five clean sheets and never gave up more than a single goal in a match. Five of the 11 have broken the 2.5 total goal mark.
City won both of last year’s encounters by outscoring Spurs 7-2. The first match in Manchester saw Raheem Sterling score a brace in a 4-1 win, while they left Wembley as 3-1 winners in April on goals from Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan.
Mauricio Pochettino will be happy with the performance of his squad for a majority of Tuesday’s match and could send out the same squad again. Aside from lapses in concentration from Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris, Spurs were able to control possession and move the ball at will. The 4-2-3-1 formation sees everything move through Christian Eriksen in central midfield, which will set up an exciting battle between he and Fernandinho. Harry Kane got on the score sheet for the first time in three games against PSV and will look to find a way through, although it will be tough with Aymeric Laporte and Vincent Kompany shutting down the path to Ederson’s goal.
Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min played against PSV, but Pochettino could opt for Erik Lamela in place of either on the wing. Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier will have their work cut out for them on Monday, as they will be tasked with disrupting the offensive flow of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, who are so effective at creating chances coming forward.
Ben Davis and Kieran Trippier will match up opposite Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane and will want to find a way to slow down the dynamic pair. Sterling scored three goals in two matches against Spurs last year, so Trippier will do well to keep his man to the outside of the pitch.
Pep Guardiola has to be pleased with his team’s ability to turn in top-level performances on such a consistent basis. The return of De Bruyne in the 4-3-3 formation has opened the floodgates for the attackers to receive on-point passes in perfect attacking positions.
Sergio Aguero should be flanked by Sterling and Sane up front, while Fernandinho holds down the middle of the field between the Belgian playmaker and David Silva. Bernardo Silva seems to be the odd man out for the moment, but should feature from the bench in the second half.
The trio of Fernandinho, Laporte and either Kompany or Otamendi will need to work in unison to keep Eriksen and Kane from moving through the middle. Eriksen scored in both games against the Citizens last season and has been the team’s most efficient attacking option this season.
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Pochettino will remain without the services of Jan Vertonghen, who is still suffering from a thigh injury. Joining him is Vincent Janssen, who is out long-term.
The Argentine boss will need to make a decision about his midfield, as there are five players vying for the three forward positions. Eriksen is a certainty in the middle, while Lamela started on the bench against PSV with Son taking his place on the right side.
City will be missing defender Danilo, who continues to be sidelined by an ankle injury picked up with Brazil earlier this month. Fabian Delph has resumed training this week, but it is yet to be seen if he is fit for match play.
Kyle Walker should be fit for the match after missing out against Burnley. He came on in the second half against Shakhtar, so it appears that he will be included in the starting XI.
City boast an impressive offensive, but it is their defence’s ability to keep opponents from scoring which has helped them stay at the top of the table this season. Their clean sheets at Liverpool and Arsenal prove that they can handle elite offensive players, meaning that they should be able to limit the chances of Eriksen and Kane.
Aside from a 3-0 victory against United, Spurs have not been able to keep up with top offences. They conceded twice to Liverpool and Inter, while giving up four goals at home to Barcelona earlier this month. With Sterling having found success against them last season and the return of De Bruyne, we believe the visitors will simply have too much firepower for the hosts to contain.
Our Tottenham v Man City betting tip is Man City to Win at 5/7 as they will be keen to keep pace with Liverpool and maintain their position at the head of the table.
Published on: Oct 29, 2018 at 16:37
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