Manchester City v Spurs – The Preview

Last updated: April 19, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30
Venue: The Etihad
Coverage: Sky Sports
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Last Meeting: Man City 4 – 3 Spurs
Competition: EPL

Will the dust ever settle from Wednesday’s UCL quarter final second-leg match between these two teams? That game was perhaps the competition’s most dramatic, with Spurs making it through, despite a 4-3 scoreline in favour of City, and a last minute disallowed goal thanks to VAR. It will surely go down as one of the greatest games in the competition’s history.

The outcome is that City are out of that competition and their dreams of a quadruple over. Defensively, they were poor, conceding three goals, but that match was never about defence. Raheem Sterling scored two and a slight offside denied him another hattrick. The England man is in sensational form and will surely not be rested by Guardiola here. City are still on for the EPL, but defeat here would be costly. They have played Spurs twice in the last week, this will be the third meeting in ten days, with the aggregate score 4-4. But they have home advantage once again, and if they shore up the defence, are massive favourites. Spurs will be exhausted and do not have the sort of squad depth to count on as the home side do.

Moussa Sissoko picked up an injury to add to Spurs’ personnel problems. In midfield, they are looking light, and with rotation needed at this exhausting point of the season, the effects of playing so many games will surely show. But Spurs will battle on. Already without Kane through injury, Llorente scored the decisive goal on Wednesday, and may start again here. One player sure to start is Spurs’ start Son Heung-min. He did arguably more than anyone to take Spurs through in the UCL, scoring three goals over the two matches. Son is having a superb season, and if anyone comes back to haunt City here, it will surely be him.

Team News

City have no new injuries, but may rotate. Bernardo Silva returned on Wednesday, while Fernandinho came on from the bench.

Benjamin Mendy is regaining fitness and did well on Wednesday. Whether he will be fit to start a second game in three days remains to be seen.

Spurs have serious issues in midfield. Moussa Sissoko, so vital to Spurs of late, went off with a groin injury on Wednesday.

He joins a growing injury list, along with Kane, Aurier, Lamela, and Dier.

Expected Line-Ups:

Man City (4-3-3): Ederson, Mendy, Laporte, Kompany, Walker, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Sane, Aguero
Subs: Danilo, Stones, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Muric
Injured: Bravo, Zinchenko
Not available:
Spurs (4-3-3): Lloris, Trippier, Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Wanyama, Eriksen, Llorente, Alli, Son, Moura
Subs: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Rose, Foyth, Skipp, Walker-Peters
Injured: Lamela, Dier, Kane, Sissoko, Aurier
Doubtful: Winks
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Man City This Season Spurs This Season
2nd League Position 3rd
16 (11) Wins (away) 11 (11)
6 – 0 v Chelsea Biggest Win 6 – 2 v Everton
0 (2) Draws (away) 1 (0)
0 – 2 v Chelsea Biggest Defeat 2 – 4 v Arsenal
Aguero (19) Top Goal Scorer Kane (17)
Y37, R1 Discipline Y48, R1
1 Failures to Score 3
47.1% Clean Sheets 35.2%
47.1% Both Teams to Score Games 52.9%
64.7% Over 2.5 Goals 61.7%
35.3% Under 2.5 Goals 38.3%
  • City have only dropped points once at home in the league. That came in a shock defeat to Crystal Palace in December last year.
  • Spurs have won their last two games after going on a run of five games without a win.
  • Man City have the best defensive record in the league, with 37 yellow and 1 red card. Tottenham are only a few places behind, with 48 yellows and one red.
  • Amazingly, Spurs have drawn just once and City twice all season. It would seem unlikely that we’ll see a draw, especially with both teams needing to win.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
17/04/2019 UCL Man City 4 – 3 Spurs Sterling 4′
09/04/2019 UCL Spurs 1 – 0 Man City Son 78′
29/10/2018 EPL Spurs 0 – 1 Man City Mahrez 6′
14/04/2017 EPL Spurs 1 – 3 Man City Jesus 22’
16/12/2017 EPL Man City 4 – 1 Spurs Luiz 24’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

City played well on Wednesday. It was their poor result in the first leg that cost them the tie. At home once again, they know they have to win to keep up their chances in the EPL, and Guardiola will not want to see himself out of another competition after this, should they lose. Spurs are also battered and bruised, and we can only see this going one way. A City win is a good price and Betway.