Sky Sports pundit gives prediction for Man City v Tottenham

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Manchester City to run out comfortable winners against Tottenham on Wednesday night

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Charlie Nicholas is tipping Manchester City to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals thanks to a 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at The Etihad on Wednesday night.

The Citizens lost 1-0 to Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final last week after Son Heung-min scored a second-half winner at the club’s new stadium.

Manchester City are facing a potential exit at the Champions League quarter-final stage for the second successive season after Liverpool FC beat the Citizens 5-1 on aggregate in the last eight last term.

The defending Premier League champions have lost all five of their games against English teams in Uefa competitions after their defeat in the first leg in north London.

Manchester City were 1-0 winners against Spurs at Wembley at the start of the current Premier League campaign thanks to Riyad Mahrez’s winner for the visitors.

Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas believes Manchester City will ease to a narrow aggregate victory over Tottenham Hotspur at The Etihad on Wednesday night.

Nicholas told Sky Sports: “This will be another tight affair. Man City have to score with another couple of goals and see if they can flex their muscles and get something.

“I see Raheem Sterling and his pace, it is just brilliant to watch. His goal against Crystal Palace, for example. The ball from Kevin De Bruyne combined with the run inside the man from Sterling was just sensational.

“I hope for their sake they start Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero once again, as these can damage Tottenham, who will sit in and play on the counter-attack with Lucas Moura’s pace.

“He scored a great hat-trick at the weekend. It is whether they are good enough to keep the ball. Harry Winks will come back in and play with Moussa Sissoko while Christian Eriksen will play further up.

“Sometimes you can force the pass in these games and the key to this game is De Bruyne. He has the determination to find the pass and he is good without the ball as well.

“Man City will go through – it will go right to the wire, but City are still holding the edge at this moment. Even at the weekend, they conceded to make it 2-1 but had the final push to get another.”

Tottenham will take on Manchester City at The Etihad in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs are in third place in the Premier League table and 16 points adrift of Manchester City, who occupy second spot.

Tottenham have never reached the Champions League semi-final.

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