Patrice Evra believes Tottenham will hold Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at home on Sunday.
Manchester City begin the weekend in second place in the table, five points behind leaders Arsenal, despite having played one game more.
The Citizens have won three of their last five Premier League games, and with a match against Arsenal at The Emirates later this month looming, they will be looking for a positive result in north London this weekend.
Recent history does not bode well for Pep Guardiola’s men, as the Citizens have failed to score in all four of their games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in all competitions.
Manchester City is also attempting to win three consecutive league games for the first time this season, while Tottenham has lost three of their last five top-flight games.
Recent history does not bode well for Pep Guardiola’s men, as the Citizens have lost all four of their games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in all competitions without scoring.
Manchester City is also attempting to win three consecutive league games for the first time this season, while Tottenham has lost three of their last five league games.
“I still don’t understand Manchester City this season,” Evra wrote in his Betfair column. Cancelo is leaving? Something isn’t right there.
“We don’t know what’s happening with this club, the relationship with the players and the manager, people won’t say it out loud but I think something is breaking because they let Zinchenko go to Arsenal too.
“I know players say they’re not playing and they want more time, but when you play with a big team Like Manchester City and you know you’re playing to win four trophies a season, you know you’re not going to play every game.
“A good example is Chicharito at United. [Sir Alex] Ferguson would tell him that he wasn’t going to play for two games, but that he would play and win the game for us in the third, and they had a great relationship as a result.
“I’m sorry, but I don’t believe those players who say they want to leave because of game time. There is something wrong with the manager.
“The worst part is that City is allowing their players to leave easily. I understand that if a player is unhappy, he should leave because you should never force a player to stay, but we’re talking about quality players here who will go to another team and add real quality, and United would never do that.
“The Spurs will give them a run for their money in this one. City don’t have a good record at that stadium, so I think this one will be a draw.”
Meanwhile, former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes Manchester City is under a lot of pressure heading into this game, but he predicts a 2-1 win for Guardiola’s team.
“The pressure will be on Manchester City this week,” Merson wrote in his Sportskeeda column.
“They’ll probably be eight points behind Arsenal when they play this game, and they can’t afford anything less than a win here. I don’t see how they can make up the difference if they don’t beat Tottenham.”
“Something has definitely happened with Joao Cancelo,” Merson added. I know he’s denied it, but something has happened. Last season, he was one of the best players in the Premier League, and now he’s on loan at Bayern Munich – I don’t see how that deal works.
“Man City are playing on a lot of fronts, and an injury could end their season. Cancelo has appeared in the Champions League and has been a key player for Manchester City. I’m stunned, and I can’t believe nothing has happened.
“Manchester City have a nice fixture list in the Premier League after this game, and this is a big match. Tottenham will sit back and make it difficult for them, but City should be able to win.”