The last time Tottenham faced Manchester City, it ended in a 6-0 embarrassment for Spurs. They will certainly hope for a better result this time around at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham have been playing well lately with four straight English Premier League wins. More importantly, they have scored at least two goals in each contest, seemingly ending the offensive struggles that plagued them earlier in the year.
On the other hand, Manchester City have had no such problems with a league-leading 63 goals in 22 matches. Even with a few injuries, the club has more than enough players capable of scoring at any time.
This is certain to be an action-packed event, so make sure you do not miss a second of the important league battle.
Who will win?
When: Wednesday, Jan. 29
Where: White Hart Lane, London, England
Time (U.S.): 2:45 p.m. ET
Time (U.K.): 7:45 p.m. GMT
Watch (U.S.): NBC Sports Network
Watch (U.K.): BT Sport 1, BBC One
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Odds (via SkyBet): Manchester City (Even), Tottenham (5-2), Draw (13-5)
Top Storyline: Can Tim Sherwood End Spurs' Struggles Against Top EPL Clubs?
Tottenham have had an impressive season overall following the departure of Gareth Bale, and things have been even better since Tim Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas as manager. In six league matches under Sherwood's supervision, the club has five wins and a draw.
However, they have not fared well against the top opponents in the league. Against Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in the first half, they earned only one point (a draw against Chelsea) while being outscored 13-1.
This is why Sherwood explained that he would not discuss the previous match against City, via The Independent:
You might scare them, when you want to motivate them. I just think they need to use that for themselves.
Games boil down to individual errors, decision making, and if we win enough of our personal battles out there tomorrow we'll make a good account of ourselves.
It is a good strategy to keep his club loose, but the truth is that Tottenham have to start winning these matches if they want to compete in the table. Consistency is a good thing, but it is almost impossible to be a top-four squad without beating the better teams in the league.
Prediction: Manchester City 3, Tottenham 1
Although Manchester City have been dealing with various injuries on the attack, Gary Jones of the Daily Star reports that both Alvaro Negredo and David Silva are expected to play on Wednesday.
Adding these players to an offense that will include some variation of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas and Edin Dzeko, and it is almost not fair. Tottenham will once again struggle to defend against this aggressive attack and they will leave openings throughout the match.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is one of the best in the league in his position, but even he cannot keep all of the quality shots out of the net.
Tottenham should be able to continue their recent strong offensive play with at least one goal, especially if Emmanuel Adebayor keeps getting looks. However, they will not be able to keep up on the scoresheet against this juggernaut.
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