After pandemonium ensued at the Etihad on Wednesday night, both will turn their attention back to a hectic last few weeks in the Premier League. Will this match prove pivotal in Man City’s title hopes or will it be Spurs Champions League qualifying hopes that are tarnished?
After a night that will go down in Champions League history, Man City and Spurs clash for the third time in 12 days. After the latter dumped the tournament favourites out in some controversial style on Wednesday night, the Manchester outfit will be looking to unleash some revenge upon their North London visitors.
This match really does have massive implications for both. After City’s hopes of the quadruple were destroyed by Spurs on Wednesday, their main focus now falls onto the premier league and their current battle for the title with Liverpool. City currently sit two points behind the scousers but have a game in hand over their closest rivals, with this in mind Man City really can’t afford any more slip ups in the run-in. Spurs on the other hand, find themselves in a four-horse race (Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United) for the two remaining Champions League spots. They themselves can’t afford to drop many points in the end of season run in.
The current form and fitness of key players Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva will be at the front of Pep Guardiola’s mind as they prepare to travel to bitter city rivals Manchester United on Wednesday. Guardiola knows that every game is as important as the next in this crucial period of their season. One benefit that Pep does have over most other managers in the league, is that his squad has far more depth than any other rival.
After a very busy schedule, including playing Spurs twice in 8 days, Pep has the ability to welcome the likes of Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi back into the fold and rest some of his key players ahead of the United clash.
Pochettino on the other hand, really does have his work cut out for him. His main woe being that captain and star striker Harry Kane is injured for the remainder of the season, although Son-Heung Min has been absolutely incredible in the Englishman’s absence. With Son and Lucas leading the attack recently for Spurs, they’ve been in great form and Pochettino will hope this continues as his options are limited.
His selection will be boosted by the return of Welsh defender Ben Davies and academy graduate Harry Winks, both of whom are expected to feature after returning to full training this week.
A huge weekend in the title race and the chase for the top four, who comes out of this weekend on top?
After a crazy match in midweek, I’m expecting more of the same as City look to regain some pride following Tottenham’s dispatch of them in the Champions League. I‘m expecting goals to be at the top of the agenda once again, you can get Over 2.5 Goals (1.4) or Both Teams to Score (1.75). With both attacks out to prove a point, I think both prices are good value.
I don’t like that Man City are as low as (1.25) for the win, I think it doesn’t give Spurs the respect they deserve. After knocking them out of the Champions League, (12.00) looks a massive price for a Spurs win away from home, but I’d also be tempted by the Double Chance (Spurs or Draw (2.1)). On a goalscorers front, both Raheem Sterling (2.00) & Son-Heung Min (4.0) look incredible prices after the pair both bagged braces in midweek.
Both Teams to Score @ 1.75
Son-Heung Min to Score Anytime @ 4.00
Raheem Sterling to Score Anytime @ 2.00