Mark Lawrenson on who will win between Man City and Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur will travel to the Etihad Stadium for the second time in the space of three days for tomorrow afternoon’s Premier League clash.

Spurs have the Champions League bragging rights following Wednesday night’s dramatic encounter which saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side book their place in the semi final at the expense of City.

Despite the highs of Wednesday, the Spurs players must now regroup and focus on trying to get a positive result to keep their hopes of a top four finish on track.

BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has had his say on who he thinks will come out on top and believes that Pep Guardiola will get some retribution for their European exit by taking all three points.

Tottenham are looking to become the first team since Liverpool in 2008-09 to win away in the Premier League against both Manchester clubs in the same season.  

Pochettino is expected to make changes to his side from Wednesday night with Moussa Sissoko among others considered a doubt.

He told BBC Sport Online: “Surely City won’t be as open in this game as they were on Wednesday night – they cannot afford to invite any more chaos this time.

“With Harry Kane out injured, City must have known Spurs would want to play on the break with pace so I did not understand why Fernandinho did not start, because his game is all about protecting their back two or back four.

“City have got enough players who can go and win them the game without being so gung-ho about it, and I thought they missed the Brazilian midfielder in that crazy opening spell when Son Heung-min scored twice.

“So I would expect Fernandinho to start on Saturday and, if he is patrolling those deep midfield areas, I think City will control the game this time far better than they did in midweek.”

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