Following their respective derby losses over the weekend, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will face off in a Premier League battle of the aces on Thursday night at the Etihad Stadium.
Last time out, Pep Guardiola’s team lost to Manchester United 2-1, while the Lilywhites were soundly defeated by North London rivals Arsenal 2-0.
Newcastle United now trails City, who are tied with Man United, by just one point.
However, despite winning 11 straight top-flight games at home prior, the hosts have lost to Brentford and Everton in their past two games at the Etihad, and Guardiola has only ever gone three home games without a league victory in his managerial career once, back in December 2016.
Only three victories in their previous nine Premier League contests is hardly the performance of a top-four contender, but in contrast, Conte’s team has scored nine goals in their last three away Premier League games, and Spurs defeating Guardiola is nothing new.
The Lilywhites have won four of their previous five Premier League games against Man City, but it would take a brave person to confidently pick the North Londoners to replicate recent history here. Last season, the Lilywhites defeated the champions twice, stunningly winning 3-2 at the Etihad.