By News Team
31st January 2020
Two of the biggest coaches in football go head to head once again on Sunday as Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in a much-anticipated affair at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We preview the clash.
New faces, new Tottenham?
This January has been a busy month for Tottenham after recruiting Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven, Gedson Fernandes from Benfica and securing a permanent deal for Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis, which will all bring a smile to the face of the Spurs fans. Mourinho will be hoping that these new additions can hurt City, a side that they have defeated three times out of their last five games at home.
However, Spurs have only won only two of their last seven Premier League games, which is very worrying considering how they are currently sitting in sixth place and six points behind Chelsea in fourth – a gap that could increase after Saturday’s games. And that is reflected in the odds for the match, with City favourites at 8/15, with Spurs 24/5.
A player that will be looking to continue his impressive form is Dele Alli, who seems to be back to his old self for Tottenham of late. Alli has had a hand in nine goals in 16 games under Mourinho, scoring six and assisting three, so if you fancy the home side to cause an upset, Tottenham to win and Alli to score anytime is 8/1.
A De Bruyne masterclass in London?
Unlike Tottenham, City have been very quiet this January, but it hasn’t affected their progress with the current Premier League champions being unbeaten in their last five league games. Guardiola’s men reached their third consecutive League Cup final on Wednesday night, even though they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Manchester United, but they will be looking to bounce back this weekend and increase their lead away from third-placed Leicester.
City have won 11 of their last 12 Premier League matches in the capital, with the only exception being a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in 2018. Like Alli, Kevin De Bruyne will be hoping he can continue his impressive form on Sunday afternoon – and he also had a stormer last time he was in north London as he helped City sweep aside Arsenal in December.
De Bruyne averages an assist every 180 minutes in the league so far this season, the best ratio in Premier League history. The Belgian currently has 15 assists so far this term so he will also be looking to edge closer to breaking Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a single campaign. De Bruyne is currently 3/1 to be named man of the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.