Will Tottenham Hand Man City a Fourth Straight Defeat?
For English fans, the concept of Saturday night football is a real novelty, so make sure you pencil this one into your diaries, at 2:45 p.m. ET Tottenham host Manchester City with the aim of delaying the title celebrations for at least another week.
Even though City are on the verge of wrapping up the Premier League title, it’s the home team that enters this weekend’s headliner in higher spirits — and by some margin — after a catastrophic week for the leaders in what was undoubtedly the most important string of matches in the club’s season.
The chance to not only progress to the final four of the Champions League but also to reclaim their league crown on home soil against fiercest rival Manchester United were both passed up by Pep Guardiola’s side. It’s a period that, for all of their previous dominance, will live long in the memory of the fans and manager in particular.
It seems unthinkable that the Citizens would bottle the title now, but it has been a damaging spell nonetheless, and this particular fixture has come at a very bad time. Indeed, while a defeat would surely only set back the inevitable, a fourth loss in a row would still put a real damper on what has been a truly remarkable campaign.
It’s not an unprecedented position for their esteemed manager to be in either. Guardiola lost four matches in succession while he was in charge at Bayern Munich in 2015, and the odds indicate that a repeat is by no means out of the question.
While most bookmakers have the visitors to London this weekend as very marginal favorites, William Hill can’t split the sides — both priced at 2.62 (+162) — which is all but unheard of when Manchester City are involved.
There’s a reason why Tottenham shouldn’t be written off, that’s for sure, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men on their longest league winning streak all season (six games) and they are unbeaten in their last 14 league matches. It’s a long time since the words “Wembley hoodoo” were uttered after all, with Spurs taking to their temporary surrounds in superb fashion following a poor start to the season.