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16/12/2017 Kick Off:  3:00 pm etihad stadium V Predicted Score:3 - 1

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

The systems. With Sanchez suspended and Alderweireld injured, Tottenham have switched to a back four after playing with three centre backs for most of the season. City have also experimented with wing backs, so it’ll be interesting to see how the teams match up. A mis-match of systems could mean the game’s nice and open, so we may see plenty of goals.

2 We fancy:

City to win and Aguero to score at 11/10. The club’s record goalscorer has a point to prove, and in this attack-minded City side he’s always going to get opportunities to find the back of the net.



3 It's a long shot, but…

Aguero to score first and City to win 4-1 at 50/1. Having already scored 50 odd goals before we’ve even reached the halfway point of the season, City are in breath-taking form. Spurs aren’t likely to cave in but if the Blues are in the groove the visitors don’t stand a chance.


Team News

Manchester City's Last Six:

Manchester City’s last six: Won: 6 Drawn: 0 Lost: 0

While City coach Pep Guardiola seems relatively settled on most of his team, there are still decisions to be made up top. He tends to leave either Aguero or Gabriel Jesus on the bench against the big teams, although he may name both strikers in the starting XI considering the Blues are at home and have such a commanding lead at the top of the Premier League.

Vincent Kompany was taken off at half time in the derby, adding to City’s defensive problems. The captain’s a doubt for this one, while John Stones and Benjamin Mendy continue to miss out through respective thigh and knee injuries.

Tottenham Hotspur's Last Six:

Tottenham’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 2

Davinson Sanchez completes his three-match ban for Tottenham after his sending off against Watford at the start of December. The young defender’s been in impressive form since joining from Ajax in the summer, so he’s a big miss.

His absence is compounded by Toby Alderweireld’s injury, with the Belgian centre back hopeful of a return early in the New Year. Another defensively minded player, Victor Wanyama, is also out with a knee injury.

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Even though this game will have little bearing on where the Premier League crown ends up in May, it’s still a meeting between two of the best sides in the country. There are talented attackers in both sides, so we could see an exciting game with plenty of goals.

Manchester City are 6/11 for the win, which would be their 16th in a row in the Premier League if they overcome Swansea on Wednesday. After taking the points from the Manchester derby last weekend, there seems to be no stopping Guardiola’s side’s march to the title. Spurs will be another test for the Blues, but they usually overcome them with consummate ease.

Tottenham are 28/5 which is a relatively tempting price considering the quality they have in their team. They’ve been inconsistent so far this season though, which is the reason why they could find themselves more than 20 points behind City by the end of this game. With a tough Champions League tie against Juventus coming up in the New Year, Mauricio Pochettino’s team could use a confidence booster at the Etihad.

The draw is 18/5, and with Tottenham’s decent record against City in recent years it could represent decent value. Spurs have won three of their last four against the Blues in the Premier League, drawing the other 2-2 at the Etihad. Another score draw could be on the cards, with 1-1 priced at 35/4 and 2-2 at 15/1.

Sergio Aguero is 3/1 to score the first goal of the game, which he’ll be desperate to do considering he didn’t get on the pitch during the Manchester derby. Missing such an important game would’ve hurt the Argentine, who’s priced at 5/6 to score anytime and 9/2 to score two or more.

Harry Kane is 15/8 to score anytime, which is pretty generous considering the England striker’s in red hot form. He’s already gone past a half century of goals in 2017, and is bearing down on Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 36 goals in a calendar year, which he set playing for Blackburn in 1995.

Predicted Score: Manchester City 3 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

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Written by Oli Coates

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