- Venue: Etihad Stadium
- Saturday 20th of April 13:30
- Referee: Michael Oliver
Manchester City suffered a huge setback back on Wednesday, and if they fail to win here also, this season could go from a historical to the most painful one ever, in just a couple of days. Guardiola’s boys simply need to heal; otherwise, a loss of another trophy is waiting for them just around the corner. The defensive part of the assembly has huge problems lately, as they allowed at least one goal in the lastest three encounters, which is something we haven’t seen often this season. At one point in the campaign, the back line was, in fact, the strongest part of the entire machinery, and Sky-Blues had impressive stretches during which their net kept intact. In the latest five events at home in all competitions, champs are relying upon a vicious attack which scored 17 goals.
Tottenham amazed everyone. Their epic game at Etihad will be remembered for a long time, even though they lost eventually. But an aggressive and calculated approach, with several key players absent or not fully fit, paid off and they courageously responded to all City’s hits. But what frightens Spurs’ fans are results away from home because Pochettino and his boys have seven losses on the road in the recent eight matches, six of them are on the English soil. Also, in all those losses Tottenham allowed two or more goals. Though, we need to point out that they faced Man City, Liverpool, and Chelsea twice, during that span.
|17.04.19||Manchester City 4:3 Tottenham||CL|
|09.04.19||Tottenham 1:0 Manchester City||CL|
|29.10.18||Tottenham 0:1 Manchester City||PL|
|14.04.18||Tottenham 1:3 Manchester City||PL|
|16.12.17||Manchester City 4:1 Tottenham||PL|
The situation with the hosts regarding injuries is not problematic at all. Claudio Bravo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are out, but these two guys have been hurt for a long time, and their absence will not affect anything in Guardiola’s strategy.
Meanwhile, things are not so bright for Pochettino. Harry Kane and Harry Winks are definitely out, same as Aurier and Eric Dier, which is a huge blow. But these guys already played without them and proved that they could handle City in certain ways. Erik Lamela is doubtful, but even if he recovers, we won’t be in the starting lineup.
Our prediction will begin with the part considering efficiency. Over 3.5 goals is something pretty reasonable when looking at the style of play of both sides. Especially now, when there are no more secrets between the two managers who will encounter for the third time in 11 days. City is the highest-scoring host in the Premiership with 3.2 goals scored per match at their Etihad. On the other side, you have Spurs who need to chase a win here as they have a huge competition in the race for the Champions League spot. Because of that, this is a perfect bet @ 21/10 at 888 Sports. The odds on this one
Regarding the final outcome, we believe that Citizens won’t allow themselves a disaster now. This game will reflect their whole season, and Guardiola has enough experience and depth to overcome the agonizing defeat from three days ago. We’ve mentioned depth. That is maybe the fundamental reason for giving City the edge here, because they have more players who can play games like these, unlike Tottenham who is struggling with injuries, and probably with fatigue right now. Also, their run of negative results away from home is simply forcing us to bet on the Sky-Blues. Their win is @2/7 at Bet365
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