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Task cut out for Spurs

London: Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday on the back of a record 15 successive Premier League wins, and on the basis of their visitors’ recent away form, a 16th victory appears to be the likely outcome.

Tottenham will travel to the Etihad Stadium fourth in the standings, following consecutive home wins over Stoke City and Brighton and Hove Albion in the past week, but their position masks troubles on the road.

Having won their first four away league games this season, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have earned just one point and scored only twice in their past four away league matches, losing 0-1 to Manchester United, 0-2 to Arsenal and 1-2 to Leicester City before being held to a 1-1 draw by Watford.

And their prospects against City, who lead the league by 11 points, are dampened further by Tottenham’s tendency under Pochettino to struggle away from home against the best teams in the country. Since he took over as manager in 2014, they have won only one of 17 away matches against Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Some comfort can be taken from the fact that the one exception was a 2-1 success at the Etihad Stadium in February 2016, but the two teams were in different situations back then.

Reuters

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