Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Tottenham v Man City

The Liverpool FC legend believes Manchester City will beat Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night

Man City manager Pep Guardiola Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester City to continue their “decent form” with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Monday night.

The Citizens have won seven of their opening nine games of the Premier League season to keep pace with title challengers Liverpool FC.

Guardiola’s side are looking to retain their Premier League crown after the Citizens won the title with 19 points to spare in the 2017-18 season.

Manchester City became the first Premier League club to win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night thanks to a masterful performance in Ukraine.

Tottenham, on the other hand, endured a difficult night at the Philips Arena after 10-man Spurs drew 2-2 with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been in dreadful form in Europe so far this season, in spite of their best-ever start to a Premier League season.

Tottenham’s standout result so far has been a 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford back in August before a 2-1 loss to title rivals Liverpool FC.

BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson is confident that Manchester City will ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over the north London side at Wembley on Monday night.

“Manchester City beat Tottenham easily at Wembley at the end of last season and, with its wide open spaces, I think it is a stadium that suits them,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“I cannot see any reason why City won’t do something similar this time – especially now Kevin de Bruyne is back from injury.

“City boss Pep Guardiola said his side’s performance in their midweek win over Shakhtar Donetsk was the best he had seen since he has been at the club, so it would appear they are in decent form too.”

Tottenham were the only European club in the top five leagues to fail to sign an outfield player in a disappointing summer transfer window for Spurs.

The north London side have qualified for the Champions League under Mauricio Pochettino in the last four seasons to highlight their progress under the Argentinian head coach.

Manchester City won the Premier League title with ease last season after Guardiola’s side finished 19 points ahead of their closest challengers, Manchester United.

The Citizens were 3-1 winners against Spurs at Wembley in their last Premier League meeting in the English capital back in April thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling.

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