Man City are in sensational form and backed to cover the -1 handicap against Tottenham. Ilkay Gundogan has scored 9 goals in his last 11 Premier League matches and worth following in the goalscorer markets.
Manchester City are in sensational form, winning their last 15 matches and by 2+ goals 12 of their last 14 in all competitions. They have kept 16 clean sheets in their last 22 matches. Pep Guardiola’s side are 5 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand. Man City won 4-1 against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. They had 3.55-1.18 expected goals with Ilkay Gündogan bagging a brace and goals to Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden. Man City’s last match was a 3-1 win at Swansea in the FA Cup. Goals to Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus established a 3-0 lead in a match where they had 74% possession. Manchester City are missing centre back Nathan Aké and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne due to injury. Ruben Dias missed the FA Cup win over Swansea with a fever and stomach problems. He is doubtful which could see Aymeric Laporte partner John Stones in central defence. Rodrigo limped off against Swansea after a heavy tackle but could be fine to start. Fernandinho is doubtful with quad problems. Sergio Aguero is back in training after testing positive for COVID-19 but lacking match fitness. Expect goalkeeper Ederson, full back Joao Cancelo and attacking midfielder Phil Foden to return to the starting side here.
Tottenham went on an eight-game unbeaten run including six victories but the wheels have fallen off in recent weeks. They recently lost three straight matches in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho’s side lost 3-1 at home to Liverpool where they created 0.10 expected goals. Tottenham then lost 1-0 in Brighton and 1-0 against Chelsea. Harry Kane returned to the side and scored first in a 2-0 home win against lowly West Brom. Spurs were knocked out of the FA Cup against Everton on Wednesday. It was an epic match, a 4-4 draw in regulation time before the Toffees scored in extra time to progress 5-4 at Goodison Park. Left back Sergio Reguilon and midfielder Giovani Lo Celso are injured. Right back Serge Aurier could return the starting side here and midfielder Dele Alli came off the bench on Wednesday. Gareth Bale is an injury doubt after missing their FA Cup encounter with Everton. Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela are in contention to start. Expect Harry Kane to start here after coming off the bench in the FA Cup.
Man City and Tottenham have 63 wins each with 36 draws in 162 matches. The first meeting this season ended was in London in November, Spurs winning 2-0 in London with Heung-min Son and Giovani Lo Celso on target. Man City are in unstoppable form and will relish a chance for revenge against Tottenham. Guardiola’s side can cover the -1 handicap against a Spurs side looking shaky in defence. It makes sense to stick with Ilkay Gundogan who has scored 9 goals in his last 11 Premier League matches.
PREDICTION : MAN CITY 2-0 WIN
ACCUMULATOR TIP : MAN CITY WIN