Manchester City find themselves second on the Premier League table, 19 points behind Liverpool, as they travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face Jose Mourinho’s men. Spurs, on the other hand, are currently sixth on the EPL table, 36 points (Wow!) behind a Liverpool team that have more or less steamrolled all opposition this season.
Six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, Spurs know they can ill-afford a slip up that will increase the gap in the race to the last Champions League spot. Jose Mourinho’s troops currently sit sixth, with 34 points from 24 matches. They’ve won nine of those matches, drawn nine and lost eight times. In those 24 games, they scored 38 goals and conceded 32 goals.
In six home games, Jose Mourinho’s men have lost twice, and the last match was a 2-1 win over Norwich – a game in which the bottom-placed team in the league, Norwich, dominated throughout large spells of the match. Despite Jose’s reputation as a defensive manager, he has been unable to tighten up Spurs leaky defence. The North London club has conceded all but two of their last 19 matches in the EPL. Their last match was a 1-1 draw against Southampton in the FA Cup, and they are obliged to play a replay they could really do without.
That said, Spurs play fairly better at home. They’ve earned 68% of their points on home soil and will be keen to press on home advantage when the defending Champions come visiting. Jose Mourinho will be looking to the likes of Dele Alli and Heung Ming Son to provide the firepower on Sunday. The English midfielder has been directly involved in nine goals in the 16 games that Mourinho has been in charge of.
Tottenham will be without the services of Erikssen, who joined Inter Milan in the January transfer window. They have, however, added Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn to their roster, who will likely play some part in the fixture.
The Sky Blues currently find themselves 19 points behind Liverpool in second place in January. In 24 matches, they have scored 16 matches, drawn three and lost five. In those 24 matches, they’ve scored 64 goals and conceded 27 goals. Their problem has been in conceding many unnecessary goals compared to Liverpool who have only conceded 15 goals in the same number of matches.
Nevertheless, Manchester City are in good form in the Premier League, winning four of their last five encounters, with the only blip coming in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. Manchester City’s last match was a 1-0 loss to Manchester United at the Etihad, in a match where they squandered a host of chances. In 12 away matches this season, the Sky Blues have registered eight wins, one draw and three losses. In those matches, they scored 34 goals and conceded 15 goals.
Pep Guardiola’s team will also be boosted by the return to action of Aymeric Laporte. When he plays, Manchester City almost always wins. He could beat the record (42 wins) for the most wins in the first 50 matches for a new player in the EPL, should the Citizens beat Spurs.
Let’s move on to the betting tips for this game: The reverse fixture at the early stages of the season finished 2-2 with a Gabriel Jesus last-minute winner cancelled thanks to VAR. The last five matches between the two clubs have seen Pep Guardiola’s men come out on top three times to Tottenham’s one.
You can place a risk-averse punt on handicap 0-2 win for Manchester City, seeing as Tottenham Hotspur have not won by 2 or more goals in their last five matches. Conversely, Manchester City have also not lost by 2 or more goals in a similar time frame. 1xbet offers you the following odds on this option: Manchester City (+1.5) – 1.016. Wanna know more about 1xbet? Here is our 1xbet review.
Three of the last five matches between the two clubs ended with less than 2.5 goals. So that could offer a more adventurous option. Bet9ja offers you the following odds: Under 2.45 – 2.83; Under 3.5 goals – 1.74.
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