Premier League prediction – Spurs to do the double over City this Sunday
In what could be the most climatic Super Sunday in years, ComeOn! makes some bold predictions for the Premier League’s two crucial top four match-ups taking place on Valentine’s Day. First up we pay a visit to the Etihad and speculate how things will turn out when Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur.
Turbulent times at City
The announcement of the departure of Manuel Pellegrini couldn’t have come at a worse time for Man City. With the Citizens trailing on points in the hunt to reclaim their Premier League title and a tricky last 16 Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev just weeks away, the decision to upset the status quo by announcing a change of manager at such a crucial moment in the club’s season was ludicrous at worst and questionable at best.
As much as City fans will enjoy seeing Spanish boss Pep Guardiola patrolling the Etihad touchline next season, they cannot argue the change of personnel at their club and more importantly the timing of it has had a detrimental effect on their side’s performances on the pitch.
Aguero and co were soundly beaten by surprise title challengers Leicester City at the weekend and will face a similarly tough test with the visit of Mauricio Pochettino’s in-form Spurs side on Sunday afternoon.
Their opponents Tottenham Hotspur have been very impressive as of late, winning 4 of their last 5 matches utilising the speed, strength and tenacity of their young English quintet Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier. With the likes of Danish international Christian Eriksen and of course highly-rated shot-stopper Hugo Lloris also gracing their roster, Tottenham Hotspur have assembled side which has on occasion, dazzled the Premier League hierarchy this year, recently prompting former Spurs midfielder Graham Souness to declare this to be the best Tottenham Hotspur side he’s seen since the Bill Nicholson days.
And much like their rival title challengers Leicester City, the North London club have exhibited no fear when going toe to toe with some of the Premier League’s more star-studded clubs after already putting the Citizens to the sword 4-1 in the reverse of Sunday’s fixture back in September.
So what’s our prediction?
With the impetus on the home side to conjure up a response following their dismal display against Leicester last weekend, we feel the Citizen’s likely eagerness to go on the offensive in the opening stages could play right into Spurs’ hands with their known ability to punish teams on the counter attack.
When a team with one of the best away records in the division and a confidence that’s nigh-on sky high pays a visit to a side completely devoid of motivation with the knowledge that their manager will be heading for the exit door come May, for us, there will be only one winner.
With a price tag of just over 5/2 attached to a Spurs victory come Sunday, we see absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be adding the Lilywhites to your weekend betting slip.
Author – Andrew MacFarlane