BBC Sport pundit gives his prediction for Man City v Tottenham

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Tottenham's clash to Man City in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester City to reclaim top spot in the Premier League by claiming a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at The Etihad on Saturday lunchtime.

The Citizens head into the game looking for revenge, after Spurs knocked Pep Guardiola’s men out of the Champions League thanks to their dramatic quarter-final triumph in midweek.

Manchester City must now turn their attentions back towards Premier League affairs as they look to try and catch Liverpool FC at the top of the table.

Liverpool FC head into this weekend’s fixtures in top spot in the Premier League table and two points ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Guardiola will be keen to see his side bounce back quickly following Wednesday night’s defeat and former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is backing the home side to claim all three points on Saturday.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Surely City won’t be as open in this game as they were on Wednesday night? They cannot afford to invite any more chaos this time.

“With Harry Kane out injured, City must have known Spurs would want to play on the break with pace so I did not understand why Fernandinho did not start, because his game is all about protecting their back two or back four.

“City have got enough players who can go and win them the game without being so gung-ho about it, and I thought they missed the Brazilian midfielder in that crazy opening spell when Son Heung-min scored twice.

“So I would expect Fernandinho to start on Saturday and, if he is patrolling those deep midfield areas, I think City will control the game this time far better than they did in midweek.”

Having already won the League Cup this season, Manchester City are aiming to win the FA Cup and the Premier League to complete a treble this season.

Liverpool FC are next in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Cardiff City in the top flight.

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