Surprisingly, these two teams that are about to play against each other have been struggling in recent games. Manchester City has failed to win their last two games, while Tottenham is battling with putting in consistent performances. Pep Guardiola’s team will look to regain their identity in this game, while Antonio Conte’s side hopes to find at least some motivation for his team. With both teams coming out of a derby defeat from their last league outing, we are sure of one intense game. Hold tight as we bring you the preview and most important predictions for this exciting football game.
Manchester City Latest News
Manchester City is in an odd position. They were shockingly knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Southampton, and now they head into this game off a derby defeat. Manchester City lost 2-1 to Manchester United in their last league outing. Manchester City, who took the lead via substitute Jack Grealish in the second half, fell to Manchester United’s two quick successive goals. The defeat was a massive blow to Manchester City’s title challenge, as the league leaders now have an eight-point lead.
Has Haaland’s Form Dropped?
While Pep Guardiola is taking all the blame for Manchester City’s drop in form, we can’t help but take a critical look at how his players are performing. Whatever tactical issue there is in City, it’s easy to identify that their target man’s form has also dropped. Erling Haaland already has twenty-one Premier League goals and has now failed to score in three straight games in all competitions. What’s alarming is that the Norwegian failed to register a shot on target in those three games.
Latest Transfer Rumors
- According to reports, Manchester City is expected to finally secure the signature of Maximo Perrone from Velez Sarsfield soon. Perrone is a defensive midfielder who has attracted interest from Premier League clubs such as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United. Pep Guardiola has persuaded the Argentine to join him at the Etihad. City is thought to have paid £6.5 million for Perrone.
- According to sources, it will cost any team €120 million to capture the defender Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig; therefore, Manchester City will have to compete with Chelsea and Real Madrid for his services. Gvardiol, who in the summer agreed to a one-year extension with Leipzig that will keep him with the club until 2027, is reportedly a target for Manchester City, particularly in light of his exceptional World Cup exploits for his nation in Qatar.
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Tottenham Hotspur’s Latest News
Tottenham was comfortably in the top four before the World Cup break. However, since the league returned, they have been struggling with consistency. Antonio Conte’s side’s last Premier League game was against Arsenal in a North London derby, and with the way they played, it’s surprising they just lost by only two goals to nil. Arsenal took over the game from the start, and one obvious thing was Tottenham Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ struggles between the stands. Arsenal’s first goal was due to his error.
Conte Due For A Tactical Change?
Pundits believe Conte has all it takes to succeed and the only thing that might be holding him back is the style of play he’s known for, “three at the back.” After signing Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Cristian Romero, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet, Djed Spence, and Fraser Forster in the summer, it’s difficult to say the board has not done their part to back Conte. He has at his disposal one of the top five strikers in the World, Harry Kane, so it’s a surprise the club still struggles to score goals. A tactical change is seen as idea supporters are clamoring for as well.
Latest Transfer Rumors
- Conte is eager to work with Denzel Dumfries again after their productive time at Inter Milan. Due to his excellent performances for the Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar, the Dutch defender has drawn attention. The 26-year-old Dutch defender is reportedly the subject of negotiations between Manchester United and Inter over a £35 million transfer, but Spurs may try to rush in and hijack the deal.
- Leandro Trossard, a player for Brighton, made it known that he wanted to leave the Amex Stadium, and Tottenham has since “verbally offered” him $14 million. Brighton is reportedly seeking $25 to $30 million for the playmaker. Given what Trossard has accomplished for Brighton, signing the Belgian for less than $20 million would be, at worst, a wise gamble for Spurs.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Match Predictions And Tips
Despite how both teams have been playing lately, Manchester City is the obvious favorite in this game. Guardiola expects a reaction from his players, which we will see on Thursday when they face Tottenham. Tottenham has some work to do, and after such an abysmal performance against Arsenal, I don’t see them troubling City much. City is backed to win here as they hope to take advantage of United dropping points on Wednesday. The odds for Manchester City to win stand at 1.36 (decimal) and -275 (American)
We have a special pick for our bettors: City to score more than two goals. They have scored at least two goals in eight of their last nine games and average 2.55 goals per game in the league. Also, take note of the Spurs’ 27 goals allowed in the EPL thus far this year. The odds for City Over 2.5 goals are 2.20 (decimal) and 120 (American).
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