Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Man City is sure going to try and keep the second spot in the EPL when it faces Tottenham this Saturday, October 18, at Eithad. The two teams have faced-off 130 times in the league matches in the past, with City emerging at the top with a slight lead of 31 draws and 51 wins. With only one win to their name in the past eight games that they’ve played against Man City, the Spurs have a sparse chance of winning in Eithad. However, they have been riding high ever since they snagged that last victory against Southampton, to end their win-less streak for four matches, making it seem like Saturday’s game could go either way.
Manchester City clinched its second consecutive victory last Saturday when it played against Aston Villa, as the score card read 2-0. While the match didn’t unravel smoothly for Man City from the start, the game seemed to go their way 81 minutes up. Although it seemed like they would be drawing another stalemate until the 81st minute, luck swerved to their favor as Yaya Toure scored a shot between Philippe Senderos and Alan Hutton.
Following the goal, Sergio Aguero took advantage during the 88th minute to score another shot, bringing City a decent win against Aston Villa. The Argentine striker has been on a roll since the season kicked off, totaling up six goals this year, five of which have been during the EPL. It will be interesting to see how the match between Tottenham and Manchester City pans out on Saturday, after last season’s match where City completely crushed Tottenham with a 6-0 win, two of which were scored by Aguero.
Tottenham finally managed to claw back to the win column after its match against Southampton on Sunday, where it claimed a 1-0 win. Christian Eriksen scored a low shot past goalie Fraser Forster, bringing Tottenham their long awaited win and three points on the score table. Tottenham’s gameplay on Sunday’s match showed better purpose, something that they didn’t have in the other four matches. It’s impressive that they managed to hold back Southampton from scoring a single goal, considering the latter already has 11 goals to its name this season.
If Tottenham brings the same defensive gameplay on Saturday’s game, it may have a good shot at a win. Tottenham’s strategy should be to detain Man City’s attacks by packing the midfield, and Etienne Capoue may have a key role to play here. The midfielder was an asset in the match against the Saints, as he broke their attacks repeatedly through the course of the match. Tottenham currently stands in the sixth position in the score table with 11 points.
The EPL odds predict a win for the Citizens by a goal at a 3.75 score, with two goals at 4.5. A 6.0 score predicts a draw, while 9.5 score claims it will be a victory for the Spurs with a minimum difference.