Manchester City hosts Tottenham in round 26 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, February 19th at Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Manchester City is in phenomenal shape. Let’s start with the fact that the team has not lost in the English Premier League since September. The unbeaten streak amounts to 15 matches (14 victories and one draw). Naturally, the Citizens are in first place in the standings. In 25 matches, they have earned 63 points. The gap from second place is nine points. I think the fight for the champion’s title is 90% over! On February 15, Manchester City visited Sporting in the first leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals. And the Lions were destroyed with a score of 0-5. Bernardo Silva scored a brace. Manchester City is the best team in England in terms of home results. In 12 games, the Citizens gained ten victories and one draw and suffered only one defeat with a goal difference of 34-6.
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Tottenham suffered three defeats in the last three Premier League matches. And if the failure in the confrontation against Chelsea (2-0) is understandable, then the home losses to Southampton (2-3) and Wolverhampton (0-2) are difficult to explain. Three consecutive defeats led to the fact that the Spurs dropped to 8th place in the standings. After 22 matches, they have 36 points in their assets. The gap to the top four is seven points. However, the fourth-ranked Manchester United played three more games. Interesting fact: in the previous four games in the Premier League, the Lilywhites conceded nine goals. And at least two goals were conceded in each match. It’s time to see how Tottenham performs on foreign pitches. In ten away games, the team gained four victories and two draws and suffered four defeats with a goal difference of 10-16.
In the first half of the season, Tottenham was stronger than Manchester City at home (1-0). But the Citizens confidently beat the Spurs at home in the previous season (3-0). Five previous head-to-head confrontations in different tournaments ended with ‘Both teams to score — no.’ Manchester City is arguably the strongest team in the world now. Although the Citizens played in the Champions League on Tuesday, they are still considered unconditional favorites of the upcoming game. They are simply stronger than Tottenham. Antonio Conte is still in the process of building a tough team. But so far, he is not succeeding in everything. I think the hosts will manage to aggrieve the opponents’ goalkeeper at least twice.