Feb. 15, 2016
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur Preview & Prediction
Manchester City will attempt to bounce back to their winning ways after their defeat to Leicester City this weekend when Manuel Pellegrini welcomes the Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad this Sunday.
Manchester City: Man City might be behind six points off the table with 13 games left, but they've been in a much worse place. If Leicester City does defeat Arsenal on Sunday, then Man City's chances of winning the Premier League are slim. Last weekend, Leicester defeated Man City 3-1.
Tottenham: There has been a question of whether Tottenham had the depth to finish in the top four, but Mauricio Pochettino's side are contenders in this title race. Tottenham has been consistent where City hasn't been consistent. Tottenham is five points behind Leicester but has the chance to move closer to the table if the Spurs can win. Tottenham has the hot hand going into this contest with a four-game winning streak. Pochettino's side recorded a 1-0 win over Watford this past weekend.
Team News: Pellegrini mentioned in his press conference that Vincent Kompany and David Silva are both fit for this weekend's contest, and that will be a significant boost for Man City. Fabian Delph will be out for six weeks with an Achilles injury. Inactives include Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas and Kevin de Bruyne. For Tottenham, no further injuries going into this contest.
Series History: Goals will be scored in this match. Why do I say that? In the last nine fixtures, 41 goals have been scored. However, Man City dominated this rivalry, with an 8-0-2 record, including five straight wins at the Etihad. Meanwhile, the Spurs did defeat Man City earlier in the season with a 4-1 win.
Prediction: This could be an entertaining game at the Etihad. We have two of the best striker in Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane. Tottenham may have the advantage because Man City's defense has been terrible. But the host do have some weapons, and that could hurt the Spurs. Man City is my favorites due to the home-field advantage, and I have them winning this game.
Man City 3, Tottenham 2