Former Blackburn and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has revealed his predictions for the upcoming round of Premier League fixtures to the BBC, and he thinks Tottenham Hotspur may have a torrid time against Manchester City on Sunday.
Tottenham did not have the best spell in January, losing to Arsenal in the North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium at the start of the month. This was compounded by a frustrating defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Spurs had led the Citizens 2-0 at half time, but completely collapsed in the second half and came away from Manchester empty-handed after a 4-2 defeat. The Lilywhites will be hoping for a much better showing on home turf on Sunday.
Things have improved since, though. Spurs beat Fulham 1-0 in their last league game, and then dismantled Preston North End in the FA Cup, progressing to the next round after a comfortable 3-0 win at Deepdale.
With two clean sheets and two wins on the bounce, it’s hoped momentum could be in Tottenham’s favour.
For Sutton however, a Spurs win is not on the cards in this hugely important clash, and the pundit reckons City will end up doing the double over Antonio Conte’s men this season.
He said: “I know Joao Cancelo has not been at his best this season but I still think his departure is a massive loss to Manchester City.
“Cancelo has been integral to City’s success in the past couple of seasons but something has clearly gone on that meant Pep Guardiola was willing to let him leave and they have not replaced him either.
“It’s a huge call, especially with City playing catch-up to Arsenal in the title race, but it would be typical of what we’ve seen under Pep if they responded with a win here.
“Spurs might still think it’s a good time to play them, and it was a boost that Son Heung-min got back among the goals against Preston last weekend.
“But with boss Antonio Conte likely to be absent after surgery, I am going with another City victory to go with their comeback to beat Tottenham at Etihad Stadium last month.”
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There is never a good time to play Manchester City, and they will be fired up as they desperately try and hunt down Arsenal in the title race. Let’s hope home advantage, and hopefully a Pedro Porro debut, can give us what we need to get an all-important result.
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