Manchester City has a tough task on their hands this Sun. Nov. 11 when they take on one of the Premier League’s best clubs Tottenham Hotspur at home at the Etihad Stadium.
Sportsbook BetVictor has the latest odds of a Manchester City win at 6/10 and a Tottenham victory at 18/5 with a draw at 13/5.
Man City head into the weekend round of games in third place in the league and are the only unbeaten team in the table with six wins and four draws. They have 18 goals for and nine against with four wins and a draw in their past five league games. City last played on Tuesday and fought back from a 2-0 deficit at home against Ajax to escape the game with a 2-2 draw.
Tottenham sits in sixth place in the league at the start of the weekend with 17 points from five wins, three draws and two losses. They’ve managed to score 17 goals so far on the season while allowing 14. They have three wins and two losses in their past five league games and won 3-1 over Maribor in the Europa Cup on Thursday with striker Jermain Defoe scoring all three goals.
City will probably have to play without midfielders James Milner and Jack Rodwell as they both have hamstring injuries. Defender Micah Richards may also miss the game due to a knee problem while Joleon Lescott, Maicon, and David Silva will be game-time decisions. For Tottenham, it looks like Mousa Dembele, Scott Parker, Younes Kaboul, and Benoit Assou-Ekotto will miss the match while midfielder Sandro will have to pass a late fitness test.
It’ll be interesting to see who Spurs manager Andre Villas-boas starts in goal. France international Hugo Lloris started against Maribor on Thursday, but it was a brutal mistake by him that cost Spurs the clean sheet. Many fans prefer to see American Brad Friedel between the goal posts. Spurs have actually done very well on the road at Manchester City over the years as they’ve won nine out of 15 games there while losing just four and drawing the other two. However, City has won the last three games overall against them.
This is another game that has the potential to be a great one. City has a lot of firepower up front with Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero in the line up. Spurs aren’t too bad up front either with Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor, Aaron Lennon, and Gareth Bale. There are usually a few goals scored when these two sides get together and hopefully this match won’t be an exception. City has one of the best keepers in the Premier League and the world in Joe Hart and he’s usually pretty tough to beat.
The key to this game could be Defoe. He’s hot right now and if he can bury his chances he might be able to do enough to guarantee at least a draw for the visiting London side. Leaving him out of the line-up for Adebayor would be a huge mistake. In fact Villas-boas should be starting both of them if he hopes for a victory.