BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Manchester City.
Spurs enjoyed success at the Etihad last season in the dramatic second leg of the Champions League quarter final with Fernando Llorente’s hip and an injury time VAR decision to book Mauricio Pochettino’s side a place in the final.
However, when it came to the Premier League, Pep Guardiola had the bragging rights after completing a domestic double over the North Londoners with a 1-0 scoreline in both matches.
Lawrenson said ahead of the game (BBC Sport): “Tottenham were pretty unimpressive until the final 20 minutes of their win over Aston Villa, but that doesn’t matter – they got the win, which is what the top teams do when they don’t play well.
“City were a lot more like their usual selves in their big win against West Ham, but I am expecting a much tighter game here because Spurs have got the weapons to hurt them on the break.’
“I still expect Pep Guardiola’s side to win, but it is not going to be straightforward.
“Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.”
If Spurs are able to pull off an upset against the reigning champions they will need their top players to be on form. Against Aston Villa, Harry Kane was quiet for most of the evening but he showed his quality late on, scoring two important goals to win the game (BBC Sport).
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Manchester City are clearly an incredible side who will be hard to overcome. They are the clear favourites for the league this year for a reason.
However, if Spurs could win this game it would be a massive statement of intent for the upcoming season. If Tottenham’s best players are on form and Ndombele dominates Man City like he did for Lyon last season, there’s no reason they can’t get a win from this game.
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