Tottenham are locked in a three-way battle with Liverpool and Tottenham for fifth place in the Premier League. Spurs had a chance to occupy fifth last weekend, but they could only muster a point against Southampton.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team has played well at times this season, but are still far behind Chelsea, Man City, and Arsenal. Harry Kane and Ryan Mason have ben excellent youth finds, but improvement is needed in defence and midfield.
Man City’s spring troubles were compounded by a bizarre 4-2 loss against Man Utd. Manager Manuel Pellegrini’s future has been discussed at length, with many media members linking Carlo Ancelotti and Jürgen Klopp with the City job.
Two wins after losing to Man Utd and City are already back into second place. Championship rivals Chelsea prevented Arsenal from maintaining their position ahead of City.
You have to look down to Newcastle in 15th place to find a team with a worse defensive record than Tottenham. Pochettino arrived in London with a reputation for tight defending – he even played in Argentina’s defence as a player – yet has overseen a side that has conceded 49 goals in 34 games.
Spurs have been inconsistent in defence, but their scoring return of 55 has helped to balance things out. When Spurs concede goals in games, they are just as likely to score them. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Nacer Chadli all have the ability to score against Man City.
Man City have now conceded two more league goals than Man Utd. Thus, there is every chance that this could be a high scoring game. And by scoring, a 2-1 result would be high compared to last weekend’s results.
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Man City have too much quality to enter a prolonged slump. That is why they have already won two-straight games to turn things around. Before their struggles in recent weeks, City had one of the best away records in the league. They could make Tottenham pay for having an extremely leaky defence.