Oh man, this is not the time you want to be playing Manchester City, if you are Tottenham Hotspur. The North-Londoners were the last Premier League team to suffer a defeat this season, but since they did (at the hands of mid-table Chelsea), they also lost the next two that followed.
The three game skid has seen Spurs slide from top of the table to out of the top four. With a roster that is reeling from the double whammy of injuries and suspensions, Spurs now have to take on the reigning treble winners.
Man City vs Tottenham FYIs
Kick: Sun Feb 5, 4:30pm, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK
Starting XI Predictions: Man City Tottenham
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
Google Result Probability: Man City 75% Draw 15% Tottenham 10%
PL Form: Man City DDWWW Tottenham LLWWW
PL Standing: Man City 2nd, 29 pts Tottenham 5th 26 pts
They’re also meeting them at a time when City will be extra motivated, as this is one of those rare moments when they’re not in first place. They’re also coming off back-to-back draws so Pep Guardiola’s men will approach the Tottenham clash with extra ambition and additional purpose.
Let’s take a look at our starting lineup prediction. Looks like we posted a photo of Oliver Skipp, but just couldn’t find the right place to fit him in. Sorry!
Tottenham Starting XI Prediction at Manchester City
Guglielmo Vicario; Pedro Porro, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Destiny Udogie; Pape Matar Sarr, Yves Bissouma; Bryan Gil, Dejan Kulusevski, Brennan JohnSon; Heung-Min Son
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