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Pep Guardiola will be hoping to celebrate signing a contract extension in style when his Manchester City side travel to Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
The Catalan has extended his stay at the club by another two years despite a below-par start to the season which has seen City win only three of their seven Premier League games.
Spurs are on a three-match winning run in the competition and, having won this exact fixture 2-0 last term, Jose Mourinho will fancy his team’s chances of extending that sequence with another three points.
Despite that, bet365 make Spurs 3/1 (4.0) outsiders to move top of the table for at least a couple of hours by winning this one
City are just 4/5 (1.80) to pick up their fourth victory of the campaign and close the gap on their hosts to just two points.
Only one of the last eight meetings between Spurs and City have ended in a draw and bet365 go 3/1 (4.0) that they share the points this time around.
Mourinho will be without Matt Doherty, who tested positive for coronavirus, whilst Steven Bergwijn, Tanguy Ndombele and Erik Lamela are all injured.
Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho are all unlikely to feature but Sergio Aguero could return after almost a month out. Raheem Sterling faces a late fitness test after injuring his calf on international duty.
Man City suffered a potentially damaging international break, with Raheem Sterling picking up a calf injury in England training and Nathan Ake suffering a hamstring problem with the Netherlands.
Ake is expected to miss this weekend’s match despite his injury not being as serious as first feared, but Sterling could be in contention for the trip to North London as Mourinho mischievously suggested in his press conference.
City could also be boosted by the return of record scorer Sergio Aguero, who has struggled with a hamstring injury recently but used the international break to get back up to speed.
The Argentine has scored 11 Premier League goals against Spurs – his second-favourite opponent after Newcastle United – but 10 of those came in his first seven meetings, with only one goal in the subsequent nine.
If he is passed fit, Aguero may be eased back in as a sub, particularly with Gabriel Jesus now back fit and firing; he has been involved in 11 goals in his last 11 games in all competitions and could score in four consecutive Man City appearances for the first time since April 2018.
Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho have also used the international break to gather fitness after recent injury problems, but this match will come too soon for either to be thrown straight into the starting lineup.
There is also uncertainty surrounding Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was part of the Ukraine squad placed into quarantine by Swiss authorities after a positive test ahead of their cancelled international meeting.
Spurs, meanwhile, will be without Matt Doherty after he tested positive for coronavirus while away with the Republic of Ireland.
Doherty came into close contact with clubmate Gareth Bale during a match between Ireland and Wales, but the Real Madrid loanee has not tested positive himself and so is available this weekend as things stand.
Steven Bergwijn was sent home from Netherlands duty after international doctors deemed him not fit enough to feature, but he will be in contention for this match.
Erik Lamela is also closing in on a return from a foot injury, although this match comes too soon, while Tanguy Ndombele is available after a similar issue of his own.
Spurs will again look to Harry Kane for their main goal threat – he has been involved in 23 goals in just 14 games across all competitions this season, at least eight more than his closest Premier League rival, which happens to be teammate Son Heung-min.
Tottenham vs Manchester City Preview
Tottenham have tempered since their somewhat erratic start saw them win just two of their first five games, during which time they scored 15 goals but conceded eight and blew a 3-0 lead at home to West Ham with just eight minutes left.
Their most recent three fixtures have all been single-goal victories against bottom-half teams and, although Mourinho will be encouraged by the two clean sheets kept in that time, the four strikes may be a cause for concern.
At the very least, Spurs will back themselves to keep things tight considering three of City’s last five games have ended 1-1 whilst the other two have been won 1-0 by Guardiola’s side.
Tottenham vs Manchester City Tips and Predictions
With both teams struggling going forward but holding firm at the back, the 11/8 (2.38) on under 2.5 goals looks excellent value for punters ahead of this Premier League clash.Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.