Man City aim to make it 16 consecutive wins as Spurs visit the Etihad on Saturday evening
Manchester City will aim to make it 16 consecutive wins in all competitions on Saturday tea time, as Jose Mourinho brings his Tottenham Hotspur side to the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been incredible since dropping points in a 1-1 draw with West Brom back in December, going on a run that has seen them storm to the top of the table as we approach the end of February. Heading into the game, City are five points clear of closest challengers Manchester United with a game in hand, and 10 clear of defending champions Liverpool.
Things aren’t as rosy down in North London, as Jose Mourinho struggles to find some consistency with his side, who have lost four of their last six games in all competitions. From leading the Premier League in December, Spurs are now eighth in the table, and could go below Aston Villa if they don’t beat City on Saturday.
In order to do that, they’ll need to reproduce the attacking play on show in their FA Cup game against Everton earlier this week. Mourinho’s side have become known for their safety-first approach in recent months, but scored four in the space of 90 minutes at Goodison Park.
However, any positive result will only come if they’re able to improve defensively from that showing, as Everton ran in five to edge a nine-goal thriller and advance to the quarter finals. With City scoring 18 goals in their last six games, it could be a tough task.
One boost for Spurs in that department though could be that Ruben Dias is a doubt for the game. Pep Guardiola confirmed on Wednesday night that the Portuguese defender is struggling with a fever and still has some stomach issues that prevented him travelling to Swansea.
There are also doubts over defensive midfield pair Fernandinho and Rodri, who both have minor issues. Rodri came off against Swansea with what looked like an injury, and Fernandinho didn’t travel to Wales because of a thigh strain, but could be back in time for Spurs.
Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Nathan Ake are all definite absentees.
Spurs are without Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon for the trip to Manchester, but could welcome back Serge Aurier after he missed the Everton game with an injury suffered in the win over West Brom last weekend.
Gareth Bale’s involvement is unclear, after Mourinho revealed that the Welshman asked for a scan on a muscle injury during the week, despite no injury being obvious to the medical staff. The on-loan winger requested to work with the sports science staff at the club during the week, leading to him missing the FA Cup exit at Everton.
A win for Spurs could take them above Everton, West Ham and Chelsea before they all play later in the weekend, and back into the top five in the process. Meanwhile, if City make it 16 wins in a row they will stay at least five points clear going into a run of fixtures that sees them take on five of the Premier League’s top seven.
Manchester City take on Spurs at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, February 13th. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.