Injury-hit Man City Could Struggle to see off Red Hot SpursPublished February 11, 2016
The second of the weekend’s games between two of the top four is a cracking way to round off the weekend’s Premier League action on Sunday, with fourth-placed Manchester City playing host to a Tottenham Hotspur team that is now up to second in the table.
Last Saturday lunchtime’s humbling 3-1 defeat at home to table-topping Leicester City was a wake-up call for Manchester City, who were simply unable to handle the visitors’ intensity and pace. It wasn’t quite the response that was anticipated following the news that Manuel Pellegrini would be leaving at the season’s end to be replaced by Pep Guardiola either.
Man.City had been unbeaten in seven matches in all competitions prior to Leicester gate-crashing the party and they really need to bounce back immediately. Were they to lose here they could potentially be nine-points adrift of top spot should the Foxes secure all three points at Arsenal earlier in the day. In the course of a week, City could go from being title favourites to effectively being out of the running.
Their cause isn’t helped by their injury situation. David Silva faces a race to be fit after a recurrence of an ankle injury and is considered a major doubt, while neither Wilfried Bony nor Eliaquim Mangala has yet to return to training and Kevin De Bruyne and Samir Nasri are long-term absentees. Add Jesus Navas to that list and even City’s expensive squad starts to look stretched. Vincent Kompany has stepped up his training following a calf injury and could be recalled for this Tottenham game, but they clearly don’t want to risk him coming back too soon again.
Despite dominating against Watford last weekend, Tottenham had to wait until after the hour mark for Kieran Trippier to score the only goal of the game. It was their seventh win in their last nine Premier League games and leaves them looking well-placed for a Champions League spot at the very least.
Tottenham, like Leicester, have been excellent on the road this season, with their only Premier League defeat of the season to date coming on the opening day of the campaign when they went down 1-0 to City’s neighbours at Old Trafford.
With so many players absent for City and the visitors in such fine form, this looks to be an excellent opportunity for Tottenham to come away with a point at the very least. The best way to cover that is to take Tottenham +0.5 on the Asian Handicap, so ensuring a winning bet whether Mauricio Pochettino’s men win or draw.