With both of these sides sitting just outside the top five, there is plenty of anticipation ahead of this fixture at the Etihad Stadium. Both have probably started the campaign a little less convincing than they would have liked, but both still have the opportunity to climb into the top places should they muster the right result on Sunday.
While the Manchester City board will not have been expecting a miracle-cure under Manuel Pellegrini, there’s no doubt that he hasn’t really sparked the turnaround that many expected during the summer. Despite spending vast amounts of money during pre-season, City have struggled to find their feet and their position of 8th hardly emphasises a title push. Nevertheless, the nature of the 13/14 season means that they are by no means out of the race and with just six points keeping them from top spot, it’s still too early to write them off. Many will continue to question them until they find the cure to their obvious inconsistencies though, with the club currently on a run which has seen them lose two of their last four. After waltzing past Norwich in 7-0 fashion at the start of November, they were brought back down with a bang following a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland in their last outing. That loss also highlighted their frailties on the road and fortunately for them, ahead of this clash at least, they hold a very convincing record at the Etihad Stadium having won all of their league games there this term.
Tottenham are a side that know everything about being inconsistent and their results over the past month or so have highlighted this. They’ve picked up just one point from their two games in November and approach this game on the back of a defeat following a 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle. Their form on the road has been impressive though, and this could make this next encounter particularly tasty. They’ve lost just one game away from home all season and after winning five of these last six games, they might provide a test that opponents City have yet to experience on their own ground.
As for team news, Manchester City are still missing three of their star men with David Silva, Steven Jovetic and Vincent Kompany all set to stay on the treatment table. Elsewhere, question marks remain between the sticks, although many are expecting Costel Pantilimon to keep his place. Tottenham on the other hand are without a couple of players in the form of Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches, with ankle and facial injuries impacting the duo respectively. Dannny Rose is also unlikely to feature, as he continues to struggle with a toe problem.
It’s clear to see that this encounter could be one of the fixtures of the weekend, with City having an exceptional home record while Spurs are very strong on the road. Bearing this in mind, we think the two could balance each other out and our prediction will be an entertaining 2-2 clash at the Etihad.