Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Manchester City this afternoon.
Spurs begin their Premier League campaign in North London against the current champions in what will be a baptism of fire for new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
Owen believes it will be City who will take all three points from the clash in the capital.
The former striker shared his sympathy for the situation which Nuno has inherited at the club which includes the transfer saga involving Harry Kane and his next opponent.
Owen believes that the ongoing Kane situation could play out until the end of the transfer window.
He told BetVictor: “I can’t wait for this one and I expect City to be at their best here. I’m curious to see how Guardiola plans to use Jack Grealish and would expect the most expensive Englishman of all time to make his debut here.
“I’m surprised City are yet to sign a striker and do feel they are a little short there with Gabriel Jesus the only out and out number nine on the books. Of course, Harry Kane would have been perfect for this side.
“I feel sorry for Nuno Espirito Santo as he’s inherited a lot of issues. The Kane situation hasn’t been ideal and could still linger on until the end of the window. I’m sure Nuno would love the window to shut now, so he could work with the players he has.
“City have won the last two against Spurs and look too strong here. I fancy the Champions to lay down a marker and win this one 3-1.”
If Spurs can put in a spirited performance against City and show promise that there is a positive style of play under Nuno, it would be an encouraging sign for sections of the North London faithful who became disillusioned with Jose Mourinho’s tactics.