Can Spurs Finally Bring Manchester City’s Perfect Start to a Halt?

Last updated: September 26, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 2.15pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Sky Sports 1
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Last season: Spurs 4 – 1 Manchester City
Competition: The Premier League

Six weeks into the 2016/17 season of the Premier League we have another clash of the titans on our hands. Manchester City saw off Manchester United 3 weeks ago but they’ll have to do it all again as they head to North London to face 2nd place Tottenham. With 6 wins out of 6, City’s form is unquestionable. Spurs too though are unbeaten in the league this year, with 4 wins and 2 draws to their name. Tottenham rank 2nd in the form standings too, with 3 wins in a row. Whichever way you look at it, this really is a case of the top 2 teams meeting head on.

A first win in the Champions League will boost the Tottenham players’ confidence coming into the match. A convincing display led to a 1-0 victory against CSKA Moscow in Russia. Son Heung-min got on the scoresheet once again, bringing his season total to 5 goals in 5 games. With Harry Kane out and Vincent Jannsen leading the line, Son’s goals look vital if Tottenham are to snatch victory here. Less positive news is the slight injuries to Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and Mousa Dembélé and Harry Kane being out around for a number of weeks. Dembélé especially is a huge loss to the security and stability of the midfield and means that Deli Alli could be fielded deeper alongside Viktor Wanyama with the responsibility of protecting the defence. The absence of Harry Kane cannot be understated. Manchester City have been scoring freely so far, but Tottenham also have one of the best defences in the league, so it remains to be seen which will come out on top.

Manchester City’s winning streak was brought to a sudden halt midweek against Celtic in the Champions League. An entertaining 3-3 draw resulted in the first dropped points for Guardiola’s men, but their perfect record in the Premiership is maintained. With the amount of goals they are scoring they look unstoppable. Although the midweek draw could have some possible sombre undertones. Many have speculated just how big a loss Kevin de Bruyne will be for Manchester City after the Belgian has scored 2 and assisted 6 in the league already this term. Perhaps it was coincidence that City drew their first game without de Bruyne, but this fixture will shed more light on the situation. The Belgian has been the focal point of City’s play this season and just how big a loss he is will become clearer on Sunday.

Team News

Harry Kane will be out for a few weeks with an ankle injury while Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and Mousa Dembélé are all doubts.

Danny Rose also remains a doubt though should recover soon. Ben Davies has filled in well at left back and is expected to continue there, while Eric Lamela should find a way back into the starting lineup.

Kevin De Bruyne will miss the fixture through injury while Nolito is still serving a suspension. Guardiola is certainly not short of midfield options. Leroy Sané will likely start in place of De Bruyne.

Vincent Kompany’s return from injury is delayed yet again, as he hobbled off towards the end of his return to action. The extent of the injury is unclear at the moment, but John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi should continue their defensive partnership for some time.

Expected line-ups:

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Eriksen, Wanyama, Alli, Lamela, Janssen, Son Heung-min
Subs: Onomah, Vorm, Mkodou Mbida, Trippier, Wimmer, Winks, Carter-Vickers
Injured: Mcgee, Kane
Doubtful: Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Sissoko
Not available:
Man City (4-1-4-1): Bravo, Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Sterling, Gündogan, Silva, Sané, Agüero
Subs: Zabaleta, Fernando, Caballero, Jesús Navas, Delph, Clichy, Ihenacho
Injured: Kompany
Doubtful: De Bruyne, Delph
Not available: Nolito

So far this season

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Tottenham this season Manchester City this season
2nd League Position 1st
2 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (3)
4-0 vs. Stoke Biggest win 4-0 vs. Bournemouth
1 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 0 (0)
Biggest Defeat
Son Heung-min (4) Top scorer Sergio Agüero (5)
Christian Eriksen (2) Assist Leader Kevin De Bruyne (4)
Y10, R0 Discipline Y13, R1
0 Failures to score 0
3 Clean Sheets 1
3 Both Teams to Score Games 5
2 Over 2.5 Games 6
4 Under 2.5 Games 0
  • Tottenham are unbeaten after 4 wins and 2 draws and are second only to City in terms of form. This will be their toughest test to date though and it will prove difficult to improve on their 3 clean sheets against a City team in rampant goal scoring form.
  • Man City have won each of their 6 games, scoring 18 goals in the process. They have also kept only 1 clean sheet, meaning that all their games so far have featured over 2.5 goals.
  • Spurs have been a lot tighter at the back than City but also more conservative in front of goal. This has been compounded through Harry Kane’s injury, but Spurs still found the net twice in their last match against Middlesbrough.
  • Sergio Agüero has scored 5 goals already this season despite missing 2 Premiership matches through suspension. He will be without the service of top provider Kevin de Bruyne, but it still seems unlikely that he will fail to find the back of the net.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
14/02/2016 Premier League Manchester City 1 – 2 Tottenham  Kane 53′
26/09/2016 Premier League Tottenham 4 – 1 Manchester City De Bruyne 25′
03/05/2015 Premier League Tottenham 0 – 1 Manchester City Agüero 29′
18/10/2014 Premier League Manchester City 4 – 1 Tottenham Agüero 13′
29/01/2014 Premier League Tottenham 1 – 5 Manchester City Agüero 15′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

With both teams in such great form there are surely going to be goals. Kevin de Bruyne’s absence is a key loss for Manchester City, but they still should have the strength in the depth of their team to come out with something positive from this game. Tottenham will know that sitting back and hoping to absorb the pressure will be a mistake, so they will likely also look to attack. Both teams to score seems a cert then but unsurprisingly there is little value in this. Both teams to score with Manchester City winning offers much more value and is priced at 3.8 at BetVictor.