Pep Guardiola and his struggling Manchester City side hosted high flying Tottenham in premier league game on Saturday evening. It was a crucial game for top 4 race and Man City produced a superb first half performance which had everything but a goal. Tottenham just hanged in there for most part and finally their defense was beaten just after the half time break when Leroy Sane scored to make it 1-0.
Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Highlights
[ English Premier League 2017 Match ]
49′ 1 – 0 Leroy Sane scored just after the half time to put City 1-0 up at Etihad against a very underwhelming performance by Tottenham.
54′ 2 – 0 Kevin de Bruyne made it 2-0 soon after City took the lead and it was pretty much game over from than on.
58′ 2 – 1 Dele Alli scores his 12th in the league to bring Spurs back into the game.
78′ 2 – 2 Heung-Min Son scored in 78th minute to equalize for Tottenham.
Its a massive game as far as the title race is concerned because if Manchester City wins this game they will go pretty much out of sight at top of the table with 7 points lead after only 7 games into the season. Pressure is on Tottenham and other teams such as Liverpool, United, Arsenal will be hoping for a Spurs win here. Since the international break falls next weekend its mighty important for Spurs to get something out of this game.
Spurs has enjoyed impressive results over Manchester City in last couple of season and their recent meeting ended in Spurs winning 2-1 back in February 2016. However Pep Guardiola has transformed City into a free flowing team who are scoring goals for fun at the moment.
Man City vs Spurs Team News: Pep Guardiola is expected to keep the same lineup which took the field against Swansea last weekend. Only absentee will be Kevin De Bruyne and it will be a big one as he has been the main architecture on City’s incredible run of results. First game without him against Celtic and City dropped points and that might be the case this weekend as well. Both teams will be happy with a draw but its Spurs and other teams who need the win more than City do.
Match Predictions: After incredible run of 10 consecutive wins, Manchester City finally dropped points in midweek game against Celtic where they drew 3-3 in one of the best games this season. With Kevin De Bruyne City lacks that cutting edge and thats where Tottenham can exploit specially playing at home. I sitting on the fence in this one and going with another high scoring 2-2 draw in this important premier league match.
Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 Manchester City Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Season ]
09′ 1 – 0 Aleksandar Kolarov failed to put the ball away as it deflected off him in the back of the net for own goal.
37′ 2 – 0 Dele Alli scored just before the break to put Spurs in commanding position.
65′ 2 – 0 [ Missed penalty ] Erik Lamela