- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
- Sunday: February 2nd, 16:30
- Referee: Mike Dean
As they struggle to claim a top-four position in the Premier League table, Tottenham now welcome Manchester City to North London with the visitors now nineteen points behind leaders Liverpool and with bleak hopes of retaining their league title. Ahead of this Sunday fixture, Spurs are six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and cannot be described as one of the in-form teams in the top tier, but visitors City still hope for a second-place finish and remain unbeaten in Premier League action this year. The need for points is probably greater for Tottenham, but do they have the resources to overcome City.
A lack of clean sheets has been one of the more recent issues for Tottenham with just two registered during the previous two months, and a late equaliser conceded at Southampton last weekend ensured that an unwanted FA Cup replay was needed. There has also been a shortage of goals scored by Spurs in the continued absence of Harry Kane with two or more netted in only two of seven competitive games played by the team this year. Jose Mourinho will also be concerned by just a single victory claimed by his players in four Premier League outings to date during 2020.
Manchester City will arrive in London having qualified for the EFL Cup final during midweek, but the joy at winning the two-legged semi-final will have been offset by suffering a second home defeat this season by Manchester United. City fielded a strong team when losing 1-0 and manager Pep Guardiola will be a seeking a response from a team which has lost just two other competitive games since the beginning of December. Although City have won their last two Premier League games on the road including the 6-1 hammering of Aston Villa, the Wednesday evening result proves they can be vulnerable.
Ben Davies (ankle), Moussa Sissoko (knee ligament surgery) and Harry Kane (hamstring) will all be unavailable for Tottenham with no other significant injuries reported. However, among the main transfers, Christian Eriksen has moved to Inter Milan, and Steven Bergwijn has been signed from PSV Eindhoven.
Leroy Sane (knee) remains unavailable for Manchester City while there are also doubts about Fernandinho (leg), Benjamin Mendy (leg) and Aymeric Laporte (fatigue).
Despite registering only one clean sheet this year, Tottenham have conceded no more than once in any match with Jose Mourinho capable of stabilising his defensive units. When Liverpool recently visited North London, they could only claim a 1-0 victory and the Portuguese boss will hope that his team can withstand the expected pressure from Sunday’s visitors. Yet Manchester City could only beat Sheffield United 1-0 in their last away match in Premier League action, and that was a hard-fought victory. City may be just capable of winning this game but it may be a good idea to select a Winning Margin of One Goal for Manchester City, priced at 11/4 with Bet365, as a good bet.
A second pick is for Under 2.5 goals to be scored offered at 7/4 by Bet365. Although Tottenham may be bolstered by the signing of Steven Bergwijn, they have been rather goal-shy this year in the prolonged absence of Kane. However, both Spurs and Manchester City do not concede that many goals and Crystal Palace are the only team to score twice against City this year when recently claiming a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium. Therefore, a low-scoring game could prevail.
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