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Do Tottenham have any chance of stopping Manchester City?

Last updated: December 14, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 17:30
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Coverage: BT Sport
Home Team Form: WWWWW
Away Team Form: DLDWW
Last Meeting: City 2 – 2 Spurs
Competition: Premier League

Is there any stopping Manchester City now? With 15 wins in a row, they have set the record for the longest 100% record in Premier League history. The friendly football fan has gone from wanting them to lose to spice up the competition to seeing if they can be the best team Europe has ever seen; only four behind Bayern Munich’s 19 wins during their 2013-14 Bundesliga season. With Bournemouth, Newcastle and Palace making up the final three games before equalling the record, their biggest challenge will be the game this weekend: at home to Tottenham.

The problem with Tottenham is their abysmal record this season against the seven teams in the top 8; losing four, drawing one and only beating Liverpool. While they can punish mid-tier teams, they have struggled when they play against big opponents. There is some home however; if they can get in the same mindset and form as when they dispatched Real Madrid 3-1, then they have a chance of getting on the scoresheet against Manchester City. From there discipline at the back will be essential to holding on to the lead.

To support Tottenham in this game, however, is to try and envisage the unthinkable. Perhaps even more so than Arsenal, they are the most frustrating team to get behind. They are the nearly men. They nearly won the league last year. They nearly won the league before that. They get to Cup Finals; they nearly get their hands on the trophy. One supposes that they will nearly beat Manchester City this weekend.

The Citizens on the other hand, are a team that know how to win, and have the drive to succeed. They score any kind of goal. Whether it’s late goals or early goals, inside the box or outside the box, from a corner or a free-kick, a messy header or a beautiful curler, a toe-poke or a tap-in, they find goals up their sleeve whatever the situation. De Bruyne, Sane, Silva, Fernandinho, Sterling; all of these midfielders would start every single game for any other Premier League side. The way they pass the ball and find space is unparalleled.

Tottenham have a big task ahead of them.


Team News

Guardiola has a word of caution about the record: “Of course that will not make sense if we do not win the title, if we don’t win the title it will just be a record.”

Ibrahimović is still griping about his time at Barcelona with Pep, saying that “He was not a bad person, but the most immature I’ve had because a man solves his problems.”

Harry Redknapp fancies Tottenham’s chances in this game, stating that: “If Tottenham are firing on all cylinders, they can certainly give Man City a real game at the weekend.”

Mauricio Pochettino is in high spirits ahead of the game, saying: “I am so excited, so motivated, so happy that we are playing a team that is the best.”


Expected Line-Ups:

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Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Sané
Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Gündogan, Mangala, Jesus, Bernado Silva, Zinchenko
Injured: Kompany, Stones, Mendy
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Tottenham (4-3-2-1): Gazzaniga; Sánchez, Dier, Vertonghen, Trippier; Davies, Winks, Sissoko; Eriksen, Son-Heung-min; Kane
Subs: Aurrier, Nkoudou, Llorente, Dembélé, Foyth, Rose, Alli
Injured: Alderweireld, Wanyama
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Manchester City So Far This Season Tottenham So Far This Season
1st League Position 4th
16 (9) Wins (away) 9 (4)
6 – 0 vs. Watford Biggest Win 4 – 0 vs. Huddersfield
1 (0) Draws (away) 4 (1)
Biggest Defeat 0 – 2 vs Arsenal
Agüero (10) Top Goal Scorer Kane (12)
Y29, R2 Discipline Y19, R2
0 Failures to Score 3
8 Clean Sheets 7
53% Both Teams to Score Games 47%
76% Over 2.5 Goals 41%
24% Under 2.5 Goals 59%
  • Manchester City have a ridiculous amount of games with over 2.5 goals, with that scoreline happening every 3/4 times. What’s the odds of it happening again here?
  • City may have won 15 games in a row, but they have conceded 8 goals this season. We do expect Tottenham to get on the scoreline.
  • Prior to smashing Swansea 4-0, Manchester City won four games in a row by a 2-1 scoreline. Will they do it again?
  • The last time Tottenham beat a team in the top half of the table was against Liverpool on the 22nd October. This stat should make City confident.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
21/01/2017 Man City 2 – 2 Tottenham Premier League Sané 49′
02/10/2016 Tottenham 2 – 0 Man City Premier League Kolarov 9′ (og)
14/02/2016 Man City 1 – 2 Tottenham Premier League Kane 53′ (pen)
26/09/2015 Tottenham 4 – 1 Man City Premier League De Bruyne 25′
03/05/2015 Tottenham 0 – 1 Man City Premier League Agüero 29′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Manchester City are favourites at William Hill, with odds of 1/2 to win compared to Tottenham at 5/1. We would recommend a bet on Manchester City to win and something else in order to get good value. Considering the trajectory of most games this season, our specialty bet is David Silva to score anytime and Manchester City to win at odds of 35/1.