With the Premier League title race looking closer than it has ever been, two of the teams fighting for that title will face off in Manchester on Sunday. Manchester City entertain Tottenham Hotspur in this titanic top of the table clash, and both sides have a lot to prove. Manchester City are in eighth place, and there is no sign of their miserable away form correcting itself. Meanwhile, Tottenham cannot seem to buy a goal from open play, and are showing indifferent form. Whoever comes out on top in this clash will go a long way to affirming their title credentials.
For Manchester City, being at home should give them a huge advantage in this game. They are virtually unbeatable at the Eithad, and smashed Manchester United 4-1 in their biggest home game of the season. If this game was at White Hart Lane, it would be a totally different story. That being said, Spurs are a solid away side. They are very organized, extremely frugal at the back, and can counter with pace through Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon. Their problem will come in creating chances, something they have not managed to do a lot lately.
City will have everyone but Vincent Kompany fit for this clash. Expect to see Aguero and Negredo up top, with Silva and Nasri on the flanks. Yaya Toure and Fernandinho will come up against Paulinho, Sandro and Dembele in midfield. The key for Spurs will be to keep a clean sheet. If they can keep City out, which few teams have managed to do, they have a fair chance of getting a point or three.
Bookmakers do not think Tottenham have much of a chance in this game. They are priced all the way out at 5.5, while the draw is at 4. Manchester City are 1.7 to win this game, meaning that they are not a very appealing bet. Betting on a draw is probably the best of the three options. Spurs have drawn a lot this season, and are more than capable of shutting out City. Expect an end to end game with lots of action but few goals.