Can Spurs condemn City to their fourth consecutive defeat?
Last updated: April 13, 2018 by Leon Marshal
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|Last Meeting:||Man City 4 – 1 Tottenham|
Spurs might have expected to have to applaud the City players as they exit the tunnel and enter the Wembley pitch here, especially at half time last week, as City led neighbours Manchester United 2-0. However, an inspired second half comeback from the Red Devils delayed City’s celebrations. City need to win here and for United to lose to lift the title this week, which is perhaps unlikely, as Manchester United face West Brom at home.
Winning here will also be a monumental task for City. Spurs have the best form in the league at the moment and are unbeaten in their last fourteen league games. Six wins in a row has seen them equal Liverpool on points and give them a ten-point cushion between themselves and Chelsea in fifth place. Fourth place and Champions League football seems assured then, but Spurs will really fancy their chances here with City on a poor run. Harry Kane is back fit, Christian Eriksen is hitting majestic form and the Spur’s defence remains as solid as ever. Tottenham have lost once at Wembley all season and that was way back in week two of this season.
City will still win the league this season, but the fans and players must be thinking of how much more it could have been. Early exit from the FA Cup was followed by a quarter-final exit from the Champions League against Liverpool – a tournament that City were touted to win by many. City were convincingly beaten by Liverpool in both games and have now lost three consecutive games across all competitions. Winning the league may have a somewhat bitter taste for some fans and players then, but City are still the best team in the league on their day. But with confidence shot, whether this match will be their day is a big ask. Fernandinho, so instrumental to City’s midfield, is absent through suspension and a trip to Tottenham is a daunting prospect. Guardiola is not one to set up defensively and will likely start either Agüero or Jesus up front, so at the least, we expect to see City go for the win.
Danny Rose is set to miss the match with a calf injury meaning Ben Davies will start again at left back.
Harry Kane’s speedy return from injury was completed after he started last week, so the striker will lead the line again.
Holding midfielder Fernandinho is suspended from this match.
Guardiola didn’t start with a striker in the last match, but with Jesus and Agüero both fit, one of them will surely start here.
|Tottenham (4-2-3-1):||Lloris, Davies, Vertonghen, Sánchez, Trippier, Dembélé, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane|
|Subs:||Lamela, Vorm, Dier, Sissoko, Llorente, Lucas Moura, Aurier|
|Man City (3-2-4-1):||Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, De Bruyne, Silva, Gündogan, Sterling, B Silva, Agüero, Sané|
|Subs:||Bravo, Kompany, Jesus, Delph, Zinchenko, Foden, Yaya Touré|
So Far This Season
|Tottenham So Far This Season||Man City So Far This Season|
|10 (10)||Wins (away)||14 (13)|
|4 – 0 vs. Everton||Biggest Win||7 – 2 vs. Stoke|
|4 (3)||Draws (away)||1 (2)|
|1 – 4 vs Man City||Biggest Defeat||3 – 4 vs Liverpool|
|Harry Kane (25)||Top Goal Scorer||Sergio Agüero (21)|
|Y42, R2||Discipline||Y52, R2|
|3||Failures to Score||1|
|48%||Both Teams to Score Games||51%|
|45%||Over 2.5 Goals||69%|
|55%||Under 2.5 Goals||31%|
- Harry Kane has 25 league goals after last week’s dubious goal was eventually awarded to him. He’s chasing Salah for the golden boot, so will be looking to score here.
- City’s miracle season has now settled into something more standard. Still, they score lots and keep clean sheets, with over two thirds of their games featuring over 2.5 goals.
- Spur’s stats are obviously not as impressive as City’s. But, Spurs have the best current form in the league, as they are unbeaten in the last fourteen games, with eleven wins and three draws in that time. They’ve also won the last six league matches.
- City on the other hand, despite them surely soon being crowned champions, are on their worst run of the season, with three consecutive defeats across all competitions.
Head to Head
|Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides|
|Date||Game Result||Round||First Goal-scorer|
|16/12/2017||Man City 4 – 1 Tottenham||Premier League||Gündogan 14′|
|21/01/2017||Man City 2 – 2 Tottenham||Premier League||Sané 49′|
|02/10/2016||Tottenham 2 – 0 Man City||Premier League||Kolarov OG 9′|
|14/02/2016||Man City 1 – 2 Tottenham||Premier League||Kane 53′|
|26/09/2015||Tottenham 4 – 1 Man City||Premier League||De Bruyne 25′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Tottenham’s form is too good to ignore and with Fernandinho out and the City team on a bad run and dealing with elimination from the Champions League, we think Tottenham will take the initiative and snatch victory. The straight win is a great price which you can get at 10 Bet.