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Man City v Tottenham: City to bounce back from derby disappointment

After losing their respective derbies last time out, Manchester City and Tottenham will be eager to get back to winning ways when they clash at the Etihad on Thursday.

Both City and Tottenham desperately need to get three points on the board on Thursday as they chase their respective goals.

City, 11/8 To Win the Premier League Outright, fell to a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United, despite having led in that clash, and they've now won just two of their last five league outings.

As a result, City sit eight points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, who are 5/6 To win the Premier League Outright. 

The Gunners ran out 2-0 winners over Tottenham, priced at 3/1 To Finish in Top 4, on Sunday, leaving Spurs fifth in the standings and five points behind fourth-placed United.

Antonio Conte is under serious pressure to turn things around but a trip to Manchester City could see Spurs fall deeper into crisis.

WhatManchester City v Tottenham
WhereEtihad Stadium, Manchester
When20:00, Thursday 19th January 2023
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsMan City 4/11, Draw 4/1, Tottenham 15/2

City need to correct home record

The Etihad tends to be a fortress for Manchester City but their form on home soil has been a big problem over recent times.

City signed off their domestic action ahead of the World Cup break with a 2-1 defeat when hosting Brentford and they were held to a 1-1 draw by strugglers Everton after the international showpiece on Boxing Day.

Prior to those two slip-ups, City were unbeaten in 13 league outings on their own patch, winning 11 in a row.

If City are to defend the Premier League title this season and overcome the eight-point deficit to Arsenal, Pep Guardiola knows they will need to start performing at the Etihad.

Away from top-flight action, the Citizens have earned home victories over Chelsea (4-0) in the FA Cup and Liverpool (3-2) in the EFL Cup.

Those results, which have both come since returning from the six-week World Cup hiatus, should offer confidence that they can take advantage of Tottenham.

Spurs form spiralling out of control

If City's recent results are cause for concern, then Tottenham's recent run has really got alarm bells ringing. 

Spurs have won just three of their last nine games in the league, losing on five occasions during that sequence, and their hopes of challenging for a Champions League berth are starting to slide away.

They've won just four of their nine fixtures on the road this campaign and three of those have come against sides in the bottom half - Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth.

The north Londoners have only picked up one point from their five encounters against 'Big 6' opposition this term, drawing 2-2 at Chelsea, while they've lost twice to Arsenal and also tasted defeat against Liverpool and Manchester United.

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History favours the hosts

Tottenham beat Manchester City at the Etihad in the Premier League last season, running out 3-2 victors, however, that's the only time they've prevailed since 2016 across all competitions.

City have won five of the last eight encounters when welcoming Spurs to Manchester and it's no surprise to see the hosts priced at 4/11 in the Full Time Result market.

Half of those games have seen goals at both ends of the field and that's likely to happen again here.

The Citizens have only kept three clean sheets at home this season, while Spurs have only drawn a blank on one occasion. Therefore, backing a City win with both teams to score at 7/4 appeals.

Leading scorers square off

City are the top scorers in the division due to the exploits of Erling Haaland, who has already chalked up 21 league goals following his summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

The Norway international hasn't notched in three games across all competitions, although he was restricted to a 35 minute cameo from the bench in one of those, and he'll be eager to get back amongst the goals having failed to threaten in the Manchester derby. 

He has netted two goals or more in six of his appearances in the league and is 12/5 to achieve that feat once again.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are third in the scoring ranks with Harry Kane next on the list in the golden boot race with 15 to his name.

bet365's Bet Boost means you can get Harry Kane to be First Goalscorer at 8/1, while he is 9/4 to score Anytime. 

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