On Sunday, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola face off in this epic Premier League clash, with the race for Champions League qualification all that remains to be decided for their respective sides.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday 2nd, February
Kick-off: 17:30 pm
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Tottenham are bearing down on fourth-placed Chelsea following a couple of fine results lately. Their latest league game saw them ran out 2-1 winners over Norwich City, a victory that lifted them into sixth on the table, and level on points with Manchester United in fifth.
Though they were forced into a replay when drawing Southampton 1-1 in their FA Cup fourth round game last weekend, the Lilly Whites are still a threat to be reckoned with, and will surely not go down without a fight in their own background.
Manchester City’s season has been a hotchpotch of results, much so that they now trail leaders Liverpool by an incredible 19 points.
By their standards, that is hard to stomach and while Guardiola is trying to salvage what is left of their season, such defeats like the one to Manchester United in the EFL Cup derby return tie last time out will undoubtedly hurt.
The Citizens might have progressed to the final of the competition courtesy of their comfortable win in the first leg, but that was not the best of preparations coming up against an adventurous Spurs side.
Tottenham had VAR to thank when they faced off in the reverse fixture in August 2019, with the video technology ruling out what was a potential winner from Gabriel Jesus in their 2-2 draw, and such memory will still be fresh in mind when they do battle in London.
Ben Davies, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko will all sit out of this game with injuries.
Newest Spurs signing Steven Bergwijn is unlikely to be thrown straight into the deep end, but can make his debut from the bench.
Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sané, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are all doubts for City.
Head to Head
There have been 160 competitive meetings between the two sides in history, with Manchester City winning 63 to Tottenham’s 61. 36 games have been drawn.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions.
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last five league games.
Manchester City have won five of the last seven games against Tottenham in all competitions.
Sofiane Boufal popped up with a late equaliser to deny Tottenham successive wins for the first time this year in their FA Cup meeting last time out, but the hosts earned a 2-1 win over Norwich at this venue in their latest league game. Tottenham’s last five league games (DLLDW)
Manchester City will still be hurting from losing to neighbors United in the derby last time, and will go all out for a win in this game. They have won three of their last four top flight games. City’s last five league games (WWWDW)
Despite the loss to United, Manchester City has shown little signs of slowing down since the 3-2 loss to Wolves in December 2019. I’d be hoping the derby defeat is a one-off, and that Guardiola’s men will carry on from where they left off. Thus, a win for them as well as both sides finding the net is what might suffice from this game, which is great value at 7/4.
And you can add Segio Aguero to score at anytime at 4/5 to complete the suggested tips for this clash.