Premier League: Tottenham v Man City Preview

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Tottenham v Man City

Saturday, Apr 14 – 19:45

Tottenham continued their winning ways by beating Stoke City 2-1 last weekend, thanks to a brace from midfielder Christian Eriksen. Spurs have now won each of their last six league games, and look to have a Top 4 spot locked down, particularly with striker Harry Kane back to full fitness. The Englishman has netted 24 goals in the league this season, just five fewer than current top scorer Mohamed Salah. Can Kane stop City from winning the title tonight?

It’s been a terrible week for Man City. Pep Guardiola’s side were eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool on Tuesday night by a 5-1 aggregate scoreline, and managed to fritter away their chances of winning the Premier League title last weekend, with a shock 3-2 defeat to rivals Man United. City’s title victory is more a matter of ‘when’ than ‘if’, but judging by their recent performances, they may find to difficult to break down an in-form Spurs side tonight. Will the Citizens have to wait another week to lift the trophy?

What the stats tell us:

  • Tottenham have won each of their last two home matches against Man City in the league – they last time they experienced a longer run was between 2005 – 2009.
  • The Citizens have only won one of their last five matches against Spurs in the Premier League (D1 L3) – winning 4-1 in the reverse fixture this season.
  • Tonight’s match will be the third game to kick off at 19:45pm on a Saturday this season, following Leicester City 2-2 Man United (23/12/17) and Southampton 4-0 Arsenal (26/12/17).
  • Man City have won two of their away games in London this season – last winning more in the capital in a single campaign back in the 2013/14 season (4).
  • Those victories came against Arsenal and Chelsea. Only three clubs have ever won away games against Spurs, Arsenal, and Chelsea in a single season – Blackburn (2002/03), Charlton (2001/02), and Coventry (1993/94).
  • Spurs are now unbeaten in 14 matches in the Premier League (W11 D3) the last time they experienced a longer unbeaten run was back in 1967 (20).
  • Man City could record consecutive defeats in the Premier League for the first time since December 2016.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals against Spurs in the Premier League. Only Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (11), Wayne Rooney (11), and Alan Shearer (14) have scored more.
  • Christian Eriksen has now scored in three successive competitive matches for Tottenham – scoring five goal in total.
  • Son Heung-Min has had a hand in 27 goals for Spurs in all competitions this season (18 goals, nine assists).

Spurs suffered a 4-1 defeat at the Etihad in the reverse fixture; however, their confidence has grown significantly since then. City’s confidence on the other hand may have hit rock bottom. They know they’re going to win the title, but it seems as though their going to do it the hard way. Both Liverpool and Man United managed to find holes in City’s defence, and Pep Guardiola’s side could struggle to contain Spurs today. Hard to predict a result, but you wouldn’t bet against Harry Kane bagging a goal. With Otamendi, Laporte, and Kompany on the back foot, Kane will be all over them.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta