Martin Keown states his prediction for Tottenham v Man City

The Arsenal legend believes Manchester City will beat Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Monday night

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man City boss Pep Guardiola Photo: The Sport Review

Martin Keown has ruled out Tottenham Hotspur ending Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season at Wembley on Monday night.

The Lilywhites will welcome the defending Premier League champions to the home of English football as Mauricio Pochettino’s men look to bounce back from another disappointing Champions League outing.

Spurs could only muster a 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven at the Phillips Arena on Wednesday to miss out on the chance to close ground on Inter Milan, who went on to lose 2-0 to FC Barcelona in the later kick-off.

Tottenham have already lost to FC Barcelona and Inter Milan in the Champions League to leave Mauricio Pochettino’s men on the brink of a premature exit.

For all of their struggles in Europe, Spurs have been doing well in the Premier League following a return of 21 points from their opening eight games, amounting to their best-ever start to a Premier League season.

However, former Arsenal defender Keown doesn’t expect Tottenham to beat Manchester City at Wembley on Monday night.

Asked during his weekly question and answer session on the Daily Mail whether Tottenham can beat Manchester City on Monday night, Keown replied:

“No. If Tottenham had everyone fit and firing, I would be saying this is a game that could win.

“Manchester City are top of the league but I don’t think it has quite clicked for them in the same way it did last season. This could be the match when everything comes together.

“Spurs will be hurting from the draw against PSV. Hugo Lloris’ confidence may have been knocked by the poor decision-making that led to his red card in Holland.

“Pep Guardiola will be sleeping more easily knowing that Kevin De Bruyne is back fit. He is the artist in the City midfield with David Silva.

“If things are not going well, De Bruyne is the man who can conjure that moment of inspiration.”

Tottenham have the chance to hoist themselves above Manchester City if Spurs can beat the Citizens in the English capital on Monday night.

The defending Premier League champions were 3-0 winners at Spurs in their most recent Premier League meeting at Wembley in April en route to winning the first title under Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City were 3-0 winners against Shakhtar Dontesk on Tuesday night to become the first Premier League club to win a Champions League match against the Ukrainian outfit in Donetsk.

The Citizens have already beaten Tottenham’s bitter north London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League this season, while Guardiola’s men were held to a 0-0 draw with Liverpool FC at Anfield earlier this month.

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