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Tottenham Hotspur FC vs. Manchester City FC 8/15/21 - Premier League Picks & Predictions

Game: Tottenham Hotspur FC vs Manchester City FC
Date & Time: 8/15/2021, 3:30 PM UTC
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium,
Address: London, England
Latest Odds: MCI -167 O/U 2.5
TV Channel: NBCSN

Tottenham Hotspur hosts defending English Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday in the opening match of the 2021 EPL campaign for both. Tottenham failed to qualify for the Champions League last season and lost in the final of the Carabao Cup to Manchester City. The club is coming off a 1-0 win last week over Arsenal  in a friendly.

Tottenham will play without Ryan Sessegnon, who is nursing a hamstring injury, while Argentine Cristian Romero, who was recently signed, is not likely to feature after playing in the Copa America tournament with Argentina. Harry Kane has returned late to the club but is expected to see action on Sunday for the Spurs. Hugo Lloris will be in goal for the Spurs and the backline for the Spurs will be Sergio Reguilon, Erie Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Serge Aurier.

Manchester City won the EPL title last season finishing 12 points clear of second-place Manchester United. Manchester City lost in the final of the Champions League to Chelsea in May and are coming off a 1-0 loss to Leicester City last week in the FA Community Shield. Kevin De Bruyne as well as Phil Foden suffered injuries during Euro 2020 and will not play for the Citizens on Sunday

Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ederson are expected to see action on Sunday. Ederson will start in goal for Manchester City. Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo will be two starters at fullback while Stones will join Ruben Dias as the center backs. Fernandinho will be at his starting position in midfield along with Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan. The Manchester City attack will be Ferran Torres flanked by Samuel Edozie and Riyad Mahrez. Jack Grealish, recently signed by Manchester City, will not play. 

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Free Soccer Pick: Draw +320

While it is very difficult to handicap opening matches of any sports league, Manchester City has most of its nucleus returning from last season's Championship campaign and only a few players out with injuries. However, the defense for both sides will play the dominant role here and this battle will be low scoring as the attacks on both sides will be frustrated by strong backlines and goalkeeping. Final Score Prediction, Draw 1-1


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