Manchester City vs. Tottenham – Oct 18 Premier League Preview
Tottenham is unbeaten on the road in the league so far this season, picking up 5 points in their three away games. They’re coming to Manchester to take on the reigning Champs Manchester City on Saturday. City are sitting second in the table, five points behind Chelsea and they can not afford to allow the London club to put any more distance between them in the table. Perhaps a game against the Spurs is just what the doctor ordered?
City won both meetings in style last season, crushing the Londoners 6-1 at the Etihad and 5-0 on the road. They have basically the same squad, with the addition of centre mid Fernando and right back Baccary Sagna. Stevan Jovetic missed most of the last season due to an injury, but is back in action scoring two goals in three starts. He’ll find it hard to get playing time despite stellar performances though, as Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero are impressing as well.
If Spurs want to avoid a repeat of last season’s embarrassing result, they better hope their new manager Mauricio Pocchetino has a well thought out gameplan. He lost 4-1 himself at the Etihad with Southampton last year, and as entertaining his philosophy is, City sure seems to have it figured out. Tottenham have a history of beating up on the weaker teams in the league only to come up short against the best. Last year they conceded 25 goals in their six games against the teams eventually finishing in the top three, while only allowing 26 goals over the other 32 games.
A positive for Tottenham is that they might not have to face the beast that is Yaya Touré. The Ivory Coast International played for his country midweek, and might find it hard to recover in time. A negative is that City have plenty of backup in centre mid with Fernando and Frank Lampard. The Citizens also has a red hot Edin Dzeko who scored for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the International break and has six goals in the last six meetings with the Spurs.
History certainly favors a victory for the home team (-215 @ Pinnacle) and previous meetings have also trended toward the over (2.5 -170 @ SIA).
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