Tottenham could go Top of the Table with Victory Over City
Last updated: November 18, 2020 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium|
|Last Meeting:||Tottenham 2 City 0|
After the international break, it’s great to get back to Premier League action. This weekend’s top game is the tasty looky clash between Tottenham and Manchester City. Tottenham sits second in the league, a point behind the leaders. City has a game in hand but, sit mid-table in tenth.
As Liverpool take on league leaders Leicester on Sunday, Tottenham has the opportunity to go top of the league with a win against Manchester City. On current form, they should do it. Alongside Southampton and Chelsea, they are the among the only teams that have not suffered defeat in their last six games.
Tottenham certainly has the players on form. Looking at the league form between the two teams, it’s Spurs players take the top three spots. Harry Kane is way ahead with an excellent match rating of 8.39. Not surprising as the England captain has seven goals in eight appearances, picking up five man-of-the-match awards along the way. The 27-year old has also become play-maker, his eight assists just as valuable as his goals.
Son Heung-Min has been the main beneficiary of Kane’s new role; the number seven has eight goals in eight starts. Serge Aurier has also been very impressive for the club; the versatile defender has played 180 minutes in the league, proving an assist and a goal in that time.
Manchester City fans will have enjoyed the international break for a change. Watching their winger, Ferran Torres score a sensational hat-trick, as Spain demolished Germany 6-0, would have made for great watching. Doubts over the fitness of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling mean these goals make the 21-year-old a possible starter. This season, the Spaniard has scored nine goals in 18 starts in all competitions.
Back in late September, Leicester City beat City at the Etihad, a Jamie Vardy hat-trick inflicting most of the damage in that shock defeat. Since then, City are unbeaten in nine games in all competition. Although domestically, it’s fair to say that it is results rather than performances that have mattered. Gabriel Jesus looks almost certain to start against Tottenham, the 23-year-old has only played 180 mins in the league this season but already has two goals, including one against Liverpool in their 1-1 draw. Kevin De Bruyne is the engine in the City midfield, in five starts this season the Belgium star has three assists and a goal.
Erik Lamela is doubtful for the clash with Matt Doherty ruled out due to coronavirus.
Spurs are among just three clubs who are unbeaten in the last six.
City have injury doubts over five players including Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.
Ferran Torres scored a hat-trick midweek in Spain’s stunning 6-0 win over Germany.
|Spurs (4-3-3):||Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hoejberg, Sissoko, Bale, Ndombele, Son, Kane|
|Subs:||Hart, Rodon, Aurier, Davies, Lo Celso, Moura, Vinicius|
|Man City (3-2-4-1):||Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Torres, Sterling, Jesus|
|Subs:||Steffen, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, B.Silva, Foden, Garcia|
|Injured:||Mendy, Fernandinho, Aguero|
So Far This Season
|Tottenham This Season||Manchester City This Season|
|5 (4)||Wins (away)||3 (2)|
|6-1 v Manchester U||Biggest Win||3-1 v Wolves|
|1 (1)||Draws (away)||3 (0)|
|1-0 v Everton||Biggest Defeat||5-2 v Leicester|
|Son (8)||Top Goal Scorer||Jesus (2)|
|Y8, R0||Discipline||Y12, R0|
|0||Failures to Score||0|
|62.5%||Both Teams to Score Games||62.5%|
|50%||Over 2.5 Goals||25%|
|50%||Under 2.5 Goals||75%|
- In the last six games between the two, Tottenham has won two, one draw and three City wins.
- Tottenham scored eight goals and received eleven yellow cards in those six games.
- In City’s last five games, there has been under 2.5 goals scored.
- City has also scored eight goals in the last six games between the two, collecting ten yellows.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|02/02/2020||EPL||Spurs 2 – 0 City||Bergwijn 63’|
|17/08/2019||EPL||Spurs 2 – 2 City||Sterling 20’|
|29/02/2004||EPL||City 1 – 0 Spurs||Foden 5′|
|03/11/2018||UCL||City 4 – 3 Spurs||Sterling 4’|
|22/12/2017||UCL||Spurs 1 – 0 City||Son 78’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
City has been a bit up and down lately, putting three goals past Porto and Marseille in the Champions League but struggling in the Premier League with a 1-0 win against Sheffield United and 1-1 draws with West Ham and Liverpool. They do, however, have an ace up their sleeve. This ace is in the shape of Ferran Torres who could make this a week to remember with a goal or two.
Tottenham have also been much more prolific in Europe than at home; they also hit three against LASK and Lugogorets. In the league, they had 1-0 victories over West Brom and Burnley and a 2-1 win at home to Brighton. Man-for-man though Tottenham has the more consistent players with Harry Kane leading the charts with seven goals and eight assists in eight games.
In any other recent season, this would undoubtedly be an easy pick, a City win. But, not this time! City doesn’t have that air of invincibility this season, and their goal difference of +1 after seven games underlines their fragility at the back. Spurs have conceded the same number of goals but have scored ten more goals. We think a bet builder of both teams to score yes and Tottenham to win @ 6/1 with bet365 is a good bet.