Manchester City travel to North London to take on Tottenham on Saturday evening as they seek to get their title challenge back on track against one of the league’s most in-form teams.
After a false start on the opening day of the season when they lost 0-1 at home to Everton, Tottenham have made a dramatic turnaround, going unbeaten in the subsequent seven games to move up to second on the EPL table just a point shy of leaders Leicester. A good result here will therefore take them top of the table for the night with Leicester travelling to Anfield for a Sunday night clash with Liverpool.
Mourinho influence can now be felt in the team after he took charge in the middle of last season. Not only are they looking like serious contenders, but they have also qualified for the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and are set to make the knockout phase of the Europa League too. Their last three narrow wins over Burnley, Brighton and West Brom have shown the grit and determination that has been signature qualities for Mourinho-led teams.
The Kane – Son partnership has been a lethal combo and the integration of Gareth Bale following his return could yet be the biggest wildcard when all is said and done.
Having lost the title to Liverpool by a country mile last season, many pundits and football fans alike expected City to come out all guns blazing this season. It has been anything but. They have had a stuttering start to the season with 12 points from seven games, one fewer than their hosts, leaving them in 10th place on the log.
They have only won two of their last six games, both 1-0 wins over Arsenal and Sheffield United and they’ve drawn three times against Leeds, West Ham and most recently at home against champions Liverpool just before the break.
Injuries have been a major part of their struggles. Aguero is still out and Sterling who has been in and out of the squad appears to have picked up a knock while on international duty.
This game presents the perfect chance to Tottenham to prove their championship credentials against essentially one of the favourites to win it all. They are unbeaten in 7 games during since losing on opening day and have shown flashes of brilliance and resilience in equal measure. They’ve generally performed well against City at home and with Mourinho in charge, we expect nothing but a fight to the bitter end. We fancy them to get something from this game and we are going for Spurs to win or draw @ 2.00 with Interwetten as our first betting tip here.
There is plenty of firepower on both teams. Harry Kane has scored 23 goals in 14 matches in all competitions. Gabriel Jesus who has played far fewer games due to injuries has nevertheless been as impactful for City with 11 goals in 11 games. Both teams will be missing key personnel in defence and we anticipate an attacking fest as a result. Backing both teams to score @ 1.55 with Interwetten bookie review looks reasonable enough for our final tip.
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