Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester City in what could be an exciting contest under the Wembley Stadium floodlights on Monday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are fifth in the Premier League table and a win for the hosts will see Spurs move level on points with their opponents.
City are in excellent form though, having lost just once in their last 19 competitive fixtures.
The defending Premier League champions will be desperate to claim three points here as they look to keep pace with Liverpool at the top of the table. Avoiding defeat is essential for Pep Guardiola’s side.
On paper, this has all the makings on an exciting and open encounter. City have the best defensive record in the league, conceding just three goals in nine games in 2018/19, but Spurs have scored at least once in all nine of their appearances.
Something has to give; and that makes for a fascinating clash.
Wembley Pitch Looking Worse For Wear
After three successive weekends of NFL action, the Wembley pitch is looking battered and bruised. Both sides are known for their fluent styles and this may turn out to be more of a battle of attrition than anything else.
Goals are usually a staple of this fixture but opting for under 2.5 goals at 11/8 might be the best option.
Expect the visitors to enjoy the lion’s share of possession here. Guardiola’s side have been boosted by the return of midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne and the Belgium star should help to control proceedings.
City have won the last three meetings between the two teams and 7/10 is a decent price for another victory.
Hard To Split Teams On Form Alone
Spurs have won four Premier League games in a row since falling short against Liverpool in September and plenty of punters will be siding with the hosts on Monday night.
Dele Alli’s return will help the north London outfit in their pursuit of glory – the England man is a 17/4 chance to get his name on the scoresheet.
Meanwhile, City have dropped just four points so far this season and Pep’s men will take some stopping as they look to retain the title.
With 26 goals in their nine top flight matches, City’s offensive juggernaut keeps on rolling and bettors will fancy the away side to score a few goals here. 2/1 for over 2.5 City goals is worth considering.
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City have been dominant against Spurs over the last few years, winning all three of their most recent meetings by two or more goals. At 17/10, City are worth backing to make it a fourth successive comfortable win in this fixture.
Tottenham have been building momentum in the Premier League but their form against the best teams in the business will be of some concern for fans.
Spurs won away at Manchester United but fell short at home to Liverpool and also lost to Inter Milan and only managed to draw with PSV Eindhoven. The hosts might find themselves under the cosh…
TIP: Manchester City to win @ 7/10
LONGSHOT: Sergio Aguero to score and Man City to win (Priced at 17/1 with 888sport)
PREDICTED SCORE: Tottenham 0-2 Man City (Priced at 7/1 with 888sport)
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*