Manchester City V Tottenham Preview

Julian Finney

A look ahead at the betting, team news, formations and a prediction. Can Man City extend their ten game unbeaten run?

Betting

Man City 8/15, draw 10/3, Tottenham 5/1. City have drifted in from 8/13

Both teams to score 4/6

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TV: Sky 2:30 BST

Venue: The Etihad

Referee: Michael Oliver

Weather:

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Formations

Man City

Manchester City 3-5-2 football formation

Formations are fluid and no longer resemble flat horizontal lines across the pitch, hence why this seems like it has been put together by a 3 year old child.

Guessing the line up is a fools game, I haven't been right yet and I probably won't be right today. We have no responsible wingers in our squad and this formation could be vulnerable to the Walker/Lennon axis on the right hand side.

Injuries

Silva, Maicon (doubtful). Milner, Rodwell, Guidetti and Richards are out.

One To Watch

Clichy is an important player today. Tottenham will be strong down their right side, so how well Clichy copes with that twin threat will be important. Man City's full backs are crucial to our attacking shape, they provide the width whilst the wingers tuck in, so Clichy will need to balance his defensive and attacking duties.

Highlights

This is more interesting than the highlights.

Tottenham Formation

Tottenham Hotspur 5-3-2 football formation

Injuries have depleted this line-up. Spurs haven't been known to start too frequently with two up front, but their hand may be forced.

Injuries

Livermore, Sandro (doubtful)

Parker, Dembele, Ekotto and Kaboul (injured)

One To Watch

Gareth Bale, who else. Rapidly developing into a top 5 player in the league, and a genuine out performer of any opposition, the Welshman will be a genuine threat with his direct running and pace.

Highlights

Spurs' excellent win over United


Grown men, unbelievable.


Prediction

Today's fixture features two teams who are yet to find their true identity this season. Both teams have injury issues, and in Spurs' case, in areas that are more important-midfield.

Bale and Lennon will provide a very real and dangerous wide threat to Man City's narrow shape, and it is how City cope with that threat that will determine the game.

Both teams to score seems to be a favourite bet around the markets. City should win this.

Man City 3-1 Spurs


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