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Tottenham head into the weekend just one point behind leaders Leicester and this game could go a long way to telling us if Jose Mourinho’s men are really capable of a title push.
City are currently stuck down in 10th place, though they have a game in hand over their rivals and a win in that fixture would leave them just two points adrift of their opponents here.
Spurs have only lost once in 14 appearances across all competitions, coming away at Antwerp as Mourinho was clearly unsatisfied with some of his back-up players, making five substitutes at half-time in that clash.
However, he’ll undoubtedly pick his best eleven in this contest and that defeat in Belgium was the only time his side have failed to extract maximum points from their last six.
City are hardly in poor form given they’re unbeaten in nine across all competitions since a 5-2 humiliation at the hands of Leicester in September.
Nathan Ake is ruled out after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty, but new signing Ruben Dias has clearly made a difference and his partnership with Aymeric Laporte appears to be taking shape.
Pep Guardiola will hope Raheem Sterling is fit to start and will still be without Sergio Aguero, but he’s not short of options in attack.
Ferran Torres has been in excellent form and bagged a hat-trick against Germany for Spain on Tuesday, while City had opportunities to win last time out in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool as Kevin De Bruyne missed from the spot and Gabriel Jesus headed a great chance wide.
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Both Teams To Score
Still, City do appear susceptible on their travels and they’ve already dropped points at Leeds and West Ham this term in further 1-1 draws, while Fernandinho remains sidelined.
Both teams have scored in five of their seven league games this season, including three from four on the road as only low-scorers Sheffield Utd failed to find the net, so we’d expect Tottenham to find themselves on the scoresheet.
Heung-Min Son To Score Anytime
Indeed, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane have been on fire this season, providing 23 goals and 15 assists between them in all competitions so far.
Son has also scored four times in as many appearances against Man City since 2018/19, while there’s the prospect of Gareth Bale either from the start or the bench as the former Real Madrid man has had a few games for club and country now to build some sharpness.
Spurs And Man City To Draw
It’s still hard to fully trust Tottenham’s defence and with Matt Doherty in self-isolation, the defensively suspect Serge Aurier will come back into the team.
Spurs do however appear better equipped this term and look more solid with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko providing some muscle, while Tanguy Ndombele is starting to show his worth after a disappointing debut campaign.
Spurs And Man City To Draw 1-1
Tottenham are doing well at the moment and Mourinho will look to take a useful point here. Three of City’s last six league games have ended in 1-1 draws, with the last three on the road seeing them score just once in each, so a tight stalemate looks on the cards.