Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City Football Preview and Predictions 2021

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City Football Preview and Predictions 2021

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City predictions for Sunday’s Premier League clash in north London. Manchester City begin their Premier League title defence with a trip to Tottenham. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Manchester City have won 11 of their last 12 Premier League away games, keeping a clean sheet in seven of those.

Riyad Mahrez has scored five goals in his last seven outings for club and country.

Tottenham are likely to be without Harry Kane, who had a direct hand in 37 Premier League goals last season.

Manchester City have won four of their last six Premier League matches.

Six of the last nine meetings between these sides have featured two or fewer goals.

Nuno reign begins in turmoil
The Nuno Espirito Santo era begins at Tottenham on Sunday and the former Wolves man couldn’t be coming into a more difficult situation. Star striker and talisman Harry Kane is pushing for a move to Sunday’s opponents and after returning to training late he’s unlikely to be available against his potential suitors.

Kane’s absence severely damages Tottenham’s chances of getting anything out of this game and considering they lost 12 of their Premier League outings last season I fancy Manchester City to get their title defence off to a winning start.

Squad depth on show at City
The reigning champions have more than a few selection issues of their own, though, with Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte ruled out and Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling all doubts.

It’s a testament to their strength in depth that they still have top-tier players all over the pitch despite this lengthy list of absentees. £100 million man Jack Grealish is likely to get his first start for Manchester City in a front three alongside Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez, while a midfield trio of Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri and Fernandinho is more than capable.

Mahrez to kickstart Man City’s title defence
For me, Mahrez is the one to watch. The Algerian has enjoyed a relatively quiet summer and scored three goals in his final five competitive appearances last term. He followed that up with goals in each of his international friendlies in June and I think he can punish Spurs on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side did drop off the boil a bit towards the end of last season and their defeat in the Community Shield last weekend wasn’t the ideal start to a new campaign, but they have more than enough quality to get the win on Sunday.

They lost their final league away game to Brighton in May but prior to that had won an incredible 12 consecutive trips in the top flight. I’m backing them to get the season off to a flyer and, given Kane’s absence and the fact Man City have won seven of their last 12 league trips away to win, I’m also opting for a 2-0 correct score prediction.

Tottenham predicted lineup: Lloris / Tanganga, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon / Hojbjerg, Skipp / Moura, Alli, Bergwijn / Son

Manchester City predicted lineup: Steffen / Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy / Gundogan, Rodri, Fernandinho / Mahrez, Torres, Grealish
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