Michael Owen gives his prediction for Tottenham v Man City
BT Sport pundit Michael Owen is tipping Manchester City to become the first Champions League team to win at Tottenham's new stadium
Michael Owen is backing Manchester City to come out on top against Tottenham Hotspur in a high-scoring game at Wembley on Tuesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will welcome the Premier League title holders in their first-ever Champions League fixture at their new stadium.
Tottenham were 2-0 winners against Crystal Palace in the stadium’s first Premier League game last week as Spurs made a winning start to their new era.
The Lilywhites are hosting a Champions League quarter-final for thr first time in eight seasons, but Manchester City have made it to the last eight in three of the last four campaigns.
Riyad Mahrez’s goal separated the two teams in their Premier League meeting at Wembley at the start of the season, while Spurs haven’t made the return trip to The Etihad yet.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Manchester City to ease to a narrow win against Tottenham in a high-scoring game on Tuesday night.
“The first ever European meeting between the clubs and I feel it will be advantage City after Tuesday’s tie at White Hart Lane,” Owen told BetVictor.
“City have been pulling up few trees in recent games, but they have been doing more than enough to maintain their challenge for what would be an unprecedented four major trophies.
“City have won 11 of the last 16 games played between the sides – all in the Premier League – and I expect them to take a lead back to the Etihad next week.
“Pep Guardiola has won 26 knockout Champions League ties – the record currently stands at 27 held jointly by Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. I expect City’s Spanish boss to join that illustrious group midweek.”
Manchester City fell at the quarter-final hurdle last season after Liverpool FC were 5-1 aggregate winners against Guardiola’s men.
Liverpool FC were 3-0 winners against the Citizens at Anfield, before goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah cancelled out Gabriel Jesus’ early strike at The Etihad.
Neither Manchester City nor Tottenham have previously won the competition.