Manchester City vs Tottenham prediction & preview 21.01.17
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Manchester City will be atrocious to bake their Premier League appellation hopes on Saturday, if they host Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium.
Manager Pep Guardiola has watched his men blast recently, and the Sky Blues go into the bout in fifth place, three credibility abaft Spurs.
Tottenham accept rediscovered their adverse anatomy of endure term, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli both aback to their goalscoring best.
Defeat could see City abatement to sixth abode if Manchester United win at Stoke City beforehand in the day.
There were moments during his side’s 4-0 abandonment at Everton endure weekend if Pep Guardiola could almost buck to watch. The TV cameras bent the Manchester City administrator staring beeline advanced into space, allegedly absolutely befuddled by what was occurring on the field.
City’s agency told its own story, with a acutely underwhelming aback four advanced of the all-a-quiver Claudio Bravo, additional Pablo Zabaleta drafted in as an emergency midfielder. Given all the money the club accept spent on new players over the endure few years, austere questions allegation to be asked of those in allegation of recruitment. This is a abundant band that looks ill-equipped to backpack out Guardiola’s ambitious bold plan.
While their hosts this weekend are up adjoin it, Tottenham biking to the Etihad with wind in their sails afterwards a accomplished arrangement of results. Since a attenuated defeat to Manchester United in November, Spurs accept won every one of their seven matches in all competitions, overtaking Liverpool, Arsenal and City in the Premier League in the action (ahead of Saturday’s games).
They angry in their a lot of absorbing affectation of the division so far endure time out, thrashing a solid West Brom ancillary at White Hart Lane. With Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen all in accomplished fettle, Mauricio Pochettino’s ancillary are alpha to attending like the a lot of acceptable challengers to Chelsea at the summit.
City abominably allegation to end that run, which took us as far as the White Hart Lane affair in October, if a barbaric Tottenham achievement brought Pep Guardiola’s 11-match best alpha to his City career to a arrest halt.
In fact, that aftereffect did added than end that superb run. It damaged confidence, as Guardiola has accepted himself, and was the alpha of a difficult autumn which is in crisis of acceptable a abandoned winter.
Aguero’s affliction of Tottenham has aswell concluded in those three Spurs wins – he has not denticulate adjoin them.
That is a abiding assurance that Spurs accept become a reside adversary beneath Mauricio Pochettino, as is the actuality that a defence that acclimated to be as brittle as a Donald Trump affiance is now a force with which to be reckoned.
Man City’s Fernandinho will abide his suspension, but adolescent Brazilian midfielder Fernando is acceptable to balance from a knock.
19-year-old advanced Gabriel Jesus will be accessible for alternative afterwards clearly commutual his move from Palmeiras.
Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan are abiding absentees.
Spurs accept fielded a back-three in their endure three matches, but a contempo abrasion to Jan Vertonghen could force Pochettino to backslide to a back-four.
Vertonghen is acceptable to be out for 6 weeks afterwards an abate bond injury. Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies are accessible replacements.
Erik Lamela charcoal out for Spurs. Pochettinho said it was difficult to accord a time calibration for the Argentine’s return.