Manchester City return to Premier League action on Saturday, desperate to put the fortunes of the last week firmly behind them.
The blues bowed out of the Champions League to Liverpool, with a derby day defeat at home to United sandwiched in the middle, and Pep Guardiola will be eager for City return to winning ways against the club he dubbed ‘the Harry Kane team’ earlier in the season.
So what can we expect from Saturday’s game at Wembley?
You will have to go back to 2010 to find the last 0-0 draw between the two sides, which happened at White Hart Lane on the opening day of the season. In fact, there have only been three goalless stalemates between the two in the Premier League since its creation. And before that, you have to go as far back as 1974 for the previous 0-0 draw.
Since that 0-0 draw, there have been 56 goals scored between the two in 16 games, with City scoring 36 of them and Spurs 20. City have won 5-1 at Spurs on two occasions, and ominously for Spurs, in each of those seasons, the blues won the Premier League.
It’s fair to say that City’s confidence will have been knocked and Spurs will be hoping to capitalise on City’s lack of belief. But Pep will have been here before when his team are down, but he will need all his guile to bring the blues back from the week they have had. I would imagine a strong response from the blues after the week they have had.
An End To The Blip?
All teams have a blip in their season and City have been lucky up until now. Last season, Chelsea had theirs at the start, same with Leicester the season before. Even Arsenal’s invincible team of 2003/04 endured a blip towards the end of the season, when they only won four out of twelve matches, which included being knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea. So it should have been expected that City would have one too. But what the blues did was to make such a gap between us and the rest of the league that, when the blip happened, we were so far ahead it wouldn’t really affect anything. I think the blip will end on Saturday.
Predicition: Spurs 1-2 City The blues have six games to win two matches. They have been outstanding all season and I really can’t see Pep’s team limping over the finish line.